Ontario is proud to recognize 33 of the province’s top amateur athletes and coaches whose performances excelled on both national and international arenas, including at the 2011 Pan/Parapan American Games.
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Eric Lamaze — Equestrian — Schomberg
Eric had a successful year in 2011, finishing 2nd at the Rolex Top 10 show jumping Final and winning the CN International in Calgary in September. Eric and his late mount Hickstead had been at the top of the international rankings for show jumping for the past 3 years — an outstanding accomplishment for the same horse/rider combination in this very competitive sport and a testament to a great partnership.
Adam van Koeverden — Canoe Kayak — Oakville
Adam won both the K1 500M and 1000M at the Canadian National Canoe Kayak Championships. He finished 2nd at the World Cup event in May and a Pre-Olympic Test Event in September in the K1 1000M. This year Adam became a World Champion in the K-1, 1000m for the first time, winning by over three seconds. In addition to a busy training schedule, Adam volunteers his time to many worthwhile causes - in October, he travelled to Maui in his role as a Right to Play Ambassador.
Patrick Chan — Figure Skating — Toronto
Patrick has had a remarkable and undefeated season in 2011. He won his fourth straight Canadian Championship Figure Skating title where he unveiled two quadruple jumps in his Free program. He established three new world records en route to winning the 2011 World Championships and also won two Grand Prix events and the Grand Prix Final where only the top six in the World qualified to compete.
Michelle Li — Badminton — Markham
Michelle is the youngest female in Badminton Ontario and Canada history to make it to the top 25 ranking in the world. At the Canadian National Championships and Junior National Championships she won gold medals in singles and doubles. She won two gold medals at the 2011 Canada Winter Games and was Flag Bearer at the closing ceremonies for Team Ontario. Michelle won several international events culminating with gold medals in singles and doubles at the 2011 Pan Am Games.
Whitney McClintock — Water Skiing — Cambridge
Whitney dominated the sport of water skiing in 2011, winning several events throughout the year. She finished first in the slalom at the World Water Ski Championships. She won the Slalom, Trick, jump and Overall at the Canadian National Championships Elite & Open Events, where she set new Canadian National records in Slalom, Trick and Overall. At the Pan Am Games, Whitney won 4 medals; gold in Tricks, and silver in Slalom, Jump and Overall.
Mary Spencer — Boxing — Windsor
Mary was the top female boxer in her weight class in 2011. She was the winner at Mi noas Womens Cup and Elite Canadian Championships. Mary won the Gold Medal at the Pan Am Games and was Canada's flag-bearer for the closing ceremonies. Mary has an excellent chance of qualifying in the Summer Olympics in London for Canada, where women’s boxing will be making its debut.
Kyle Whitehouse — Athletics — Special Olympics — St.Catharines
Kyle started his year placing 5th in the 100M event at the IPC World Championships in New Zealand. In June at the Special Olympics World Summer Games he placed 6th in the 100M and won a silver medal as part of the 4x100M relay team. At the Para Pan American Games, Kyle Won silver medals in both the 100M and 200M events.
Shayne Smith — Wheelchair Basketball — Toronto
Shayne was on the Team Ontario Wheelchair Basketball team that won Silver at the Canada Winter Games. He was a member of the club team that won the Canadian Wheelchair Basketball League Finals and was on the Ontario Team that placed second at the Canadian National Championships. Shayne is an inspirational speaker who raises awareness for people with challenges, showing that athletes with a disability are just athletes and people like everyone else.
Mark Ledo — Para Cycling
Mark won the Canadian National Championships in the time trial and road race cycling events. He placed second in world cup Sydney and 2nd in both the Road Race and time trial at the World Cup Baie-Comeau. In September, Mark finished 3rd in the Road Race at the World Championships. Mark should be one to watch at this year’s Paralympics.
Meagan Michie — Swimming — Special Olympics — Metcalfe
Meagan has been a Special Olympics athlete for over 14 years, and 2011 was her best year yet. She qualified for team Canada and competed at the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in swimming this past summer, where she earned four gold medals. Meagan also competed at the Parapan American Games and is trained as an Athlete Ambassador for Special Olympics.
Summer Mortimer — Swimming — Ancaster
Summer Mortimer, an S10 classified Para Athlete representing the DUCKS Swimming Club continued to have a banner year in 2011. She remains ranked 1st as an S10 not only in Ontario, but also in the country in multiple events. She is also the highest ranked Para Female athlete on the international scene and on the national team for Canada. At the Para Pan Pacific swimming championships, she won two Gold and two Silver medals.
Robbi Weldon — Cycling — Para Tandem — Thunder Bay
Robbi is a top ranked cyclist in Canada and the World. She won the Canadian National Championships in July and, at the international level, she won the World Championships Time Trial and World Cup Sydney Road Race in 2011. Robbi won gold at the Parapan American Games and, together with her cycling partner Lynne Byssette, carried the Canadian Flag into the Closing Ceremonies.
Humber College Golf Team — Golf
In 2011 Humber College golfers finished 1st and 4th individually at the Golf Canada University/College Championship, with five placing in the Top 14 out of a field of 103 golfers. Three Humber golfers were members of Team Canada at 26th Summer Universiade. The fourth member qualified for and participated in the U.S. Amateur Championship and the fifth member finished third in the Golf Association of Ontario Match Play Championship.
Under 23 Women’s Eight — Rowing
This rowing crew contains six Ontario Athletes plus an Ontario coxswain and was the first Canadian Under 23 Women’s Eight Team ever to win a gold medal at the Under 23 Worlds. They won convincingly ahead of the other six crews, setting a World Record of 6:02.2. This team also received the RCA International Achievement Award and RCA Centennial Medal for 2011.
Victoria Altomare and Melissa Humana-Paredes — Beach Volleyball
The beach volleyball team of Victoria Altomare & Melissa Humana-Paredes finished in 2nd place at the Under 21 World Championship in 2011, becoming the first Canadian women to stand on the podium at an international FIVB event in the history of Beach Volleyball. The team won the Provincial Championships and then placed 3rd in the National Championships. They actively demonstrate and lead the way for our young female athletes to face challenges head on and strive for excellence.
Anthony McCleary — Athletics — Pickering
In 2011 Anthony coached hurdler Nikita Holder who won the 100M hurdles at the provincial championships, finished 3rd at Nationals and a very impressive 6th place finish at the world championships. He also coached Adam Kunkel who won the 400M Hurdles at Nationals, as well as Ingvar Mosely who won the 110M Hurdles at Nationals. Anthony also coaches a number of provincial and national level athletes.
Charlie Stewart — Amateur Boxing — Windsor
Charlie is a legend in boxing circles. He has moulded three Olympic competitors and is one of only a few NCCP Level V boxing coaches in Canada. In 2011, one of Charlie’s athletes – Mary Spencer – struck gold at the 2011 Pan American Games, as well as at the Minoas Womens Cup. Stewart also coached several athletes to provincial championship wins and received the Boxing Ontario 2011 Coach of the Year award.
Michael Broughton — Wheelchair Basketball — Toronto
Michael has coached several Wheelchair Basketball teams to victory in 2011. Michael was head coach for silver medal winning Team Ontario Wheelchair Basketball team at the 2011 Canada Games. He also coached the Under 25 Women’s team to gold at the Artland Open championship and to a 4th place finish at the Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championship. Michael works tirelessly to promote and develop wheelchair basketball locally, regionally, provincially, nationally and internationally.
Ute Busse — Equestrian — Breslau
Ute was the recipient of the Ontario Equestrian Federation's 2011 Coach of the Year. At Cornerstone Summer Dressage Festival, both of her athletes, Brooke Koppeser and Susannah Curry were division champions. While at the Cornerstone Summer Classic she had four athletes completing and at the Milton International, three of her athletes qualified and competed. She coached Tina Irwin who went to the 2011 Pan American Games, winning a team silver medal and finishing 5th in the individual.
Elena Davydova — Women's Artistic Gymnastics — Oshawa
Elena is the personal coach for Kristina and Natalie Vaculik who both medaled in international gymnastics events in 2011. Elena was the team coach at the 2011 Pan American Games for the Canadian Team that finished 2nd. She was also the Team Coach at the World Championships for the Canadian Team that finished 11th and at the Elite Gym Masilia International for the Canadian Team that finished 3rd. Elena also coaches several more athletes that compete at the National and provincial level.
Laura Inward — Beach Volleyball — Toronto
Laura coached, mentored and guided her team of Charlotte Sider and Alexandra Hudson to become Under 21 Provincial volleyball champions as well as Under 21 National champions in 2011.The team then placed 9th at the FIVB World Junior Championships in Halifax. In 2011, Laura was selected as the Ontario Volleyball Association’s Female Head Coach of the Year.