Ontario is proud to recognize top amateur athletes and coaches, whose outstanding performances in both national and international arenas have inspired people across the province.
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In 2013, Patrick won his sixth Canadian National Figure Skating Championship. He also won both the Skate Canada and the Trophée Eric Bompard Grand Prix events, and finished second at the International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix Final. Patrick also helped Team Canada win silver at the ISU Team Trophy event in Japan. Lastly, he won his third consecutive ISU World Figure Skating Championship.
Derek Drouin — Athletics — Corunna
Derek finished his college career as the NCAA Indoor & Outdoor High Jump Champion setting a new Canadian Record at the indoor event that had existed since 1999. He broke the Canadian outdoor high jump record at the Prefontaine Classic with a jump of 2.36m, claiming Bronze. Derek then broke his own outdoor record with a jump of 2.38m IAAF World Championships while winning Bronze.
Damian Warner — Athletics — London
Damian won the Canadian Decathlon title for the third consecutive year in 2013. Internationally he won the prestigious Hypo-Meeting in Götzis, Austria and the Talence Meet in France. Damian then won a bronze medal at the World Championships with a personal best in Javelin and tied a personal best in Pole Vault.
Gabrielle Daleman — Figure Skating — Newmarket
Gabrielle won the Skate Canada - Central Ontario sectional championships and finished second at the Canadian National Championships and Skate Canada Challenge in 2013. She placed sixth at the 2013 World Junior Championships and third at the ISU Junior Grand Baltic Cup 2013. She also helped Canada to a silver medal at the World Team trophy event in Japan in 2013.
Jessica Klimkait — Judo — Whitby
Jessica won the gold medal in the cadet level at the 2013 World Judo Championship, becoming the first Canadian in any age category to become a judo world champion. The excellent results continued in 2013 when she placed third at the European U21 Cup and the Thüringen German Cup, and achieved a top five finish at the Pan American championship in Costa Rica. Jessica won the Canadian U21 title, Ontario senior open and the Pacific International senior events and placed second at the senior level championships.
Rosannagh (Rosie) MacLennan — Gymnastics — Richmond Hill
Rosie won gold at the 2013 World Championships in Bulgaria, and placed first again at the Loule World Cup event in Portugal. Rosie also finished third at a World Cup event in Odense, Denmark. On the home front, she finished first at the 2013 Canada Cup in Alberta. Rosie recently graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education.
Madeline Schmidt — Canoe/Kayak — Ottawa
Madeline won gold in the U23 Women’s K2 – 1000 metre race, placed second in both the junior K1- 200 metre and 500 metre and third in the K-1000 metre race at the Piešťany International Regatta in Slovakia. At the Pan American Canoe championships, Madeline captured gold in the Women’s Junior K1 – 5000, 500 and
200 metre races, and won a bronze at the U23 World juniors in the K1-200 metre.
At the 2013 Canada Summer Games she won five medals including gold in the K1-500 metre race.
Tim Eckert — Weighlifting — Windsor
Tim had another strong year in powerlifting, placing first at the 2013 IBSA World Championships, setting a new world record in both the bench press and the squat events. This made Tim a five time world powerlifting champion. Tim also competed in able-bodied competition at CPU Classic Bench Press Nationals and Ontario Championships.
Tim Goodacre — Figure Skating — Dundas
Tim competed in the 2013 Special Olympics World Games in Pyeongchang placing first in both the Men’s singles and pairs figure skating competitions. At the Special Olympics Western/Central Ontario Invitational, Tim placed first in singles and pairs. Tim was named the 2013 Special Olympics Canada, Male Athlete of the Year.
Mac Marcoux — Alpine Skiing — Sault Ste. Marie
Mac and his guide, BJ Marcoux won the silver in giant Slalom and bronze in super combined at the IPC World Championships, while also competing in two other events. Mac finished on the podium in three World Cup races and won slalom and giant slalom events at the Canadian National Championships.
Erin Latimer — Alpine Skiing — Toronto
2013 was a breakout year for Erin Latimer on the slopes. She placed first at the Para-Alpine Canadian National Championships in both the slalom and giant slalom. At the international level, Erin won two silvers and a bronze medal at the International Paralympic Committee NORAM Cup event held in B.C.
Sara McKelvie — Figure Skating — Cayuga
Sara had great results in 2013 in Women’s Figure Skating. She won both the ladies singles and ice dance events at the Special Olympics Eastern Ontario Invitational. Internationally, she picked up gold medals in the ladies singles and ice dance events at the Special Olympics World Games.
Virginia McLachlan — Athletics — Windsor
Virginia won the 100 metre and 200 metre sprint titles at the Canadian Championships and the Boiling Point Track Classic in Ottawa. In international competition, she placed second in the 100 metre event at the Sainsbury International Games. She then won two silver medals at the IPC World Championships in the 100 metre and 200 metre sprint distances.
Team Brad Jacobs
Skip Brad Jacobs and his team of Ryan Fry, E.J. Harnden and Ryan Harnden had an excellent 2013. The Jacobs rink went on to win the Tim Horton’s Brier, which qualified them for the World Curling Championships. Representing Canada at the Worlds, they finished with a silver medal. To end the year, Team Jacobs won the Canadian Olympic trials, earning the right to represent Canada at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir — Figure Skating — Ilderton
Tessa and Scott started strong in 2013, retaining their Canadian National title in ice dance. Tessa and Scott then finished second at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships and second again at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships. Later in 2013, the ice dance team finished first or second in every event they entered at the international level.
Rosie MacLennan and Samantha Sendel — Gymnastics — Richmond Hill
Rosie and Samantha had an excellent 2013 in synchro trampoline. The team won two World Cup events in Denmark and Portugal, and finished in the top five at the World Games in Colombia. At the World Championships in Bulgaria, Rosie and Samantha finished in the top ten of the competition. Lastly, at the Canada Cup in Alberta, the pair finished in second place.
Pedro Guedes — Judo — Toronto
Pedro helped Ontario judokas earn nine spots at the World Championship Cadet and Junior level, which included coaching Jessica Klimkait to a historic gold medal. His athletes placed in the top three in various international competitions, including the Pan American Championship. At the Canadian Championships, Pedro’s athletes won nine gold, three silvers and four bronze medals.
Volker Nolte — Ontario University Athletics — London
As Head Coach for men’s and women’s rowing at the University of Western Ontario, Volker had great results in 2013. Overall, the men finished first in seven events and second in four events, while the women finished first in eight events and second in two events. As a national team coach at the 2013 World Championships, he coached Carling Zeeman to a second place showing in the women’s single rowing.
David Ross — Gymnastics-Trampoline — Richmond Hill
David Ross coached trampoline athlete Rosie MacLennan to a first place finish in World Cup and World Championship competitions. He also coached Jason Burnett, who finished second in a World Cup event and first at the Canadian National Trampoline Championships and Samantha Sendel, who finished fifth at the World Championship and first at the Canadian National Championships.
Vickie Croley — Athletics — London
Vickie coached Damian Warner in the decathlon to his third consecutive national title and his bronze medal win at the World Championships. Taylor Stewart won gold at the national championships and had a top ten finish in the FISU Games in Long Jump.
Kristy Sargeant-Wirtz — Figure Skating — Kitchener-Waterloo
Kristy coached Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch to silver at the Canadian National Figure Skating Championships, in addition to coaching three other teams to top five finishes in their categories. Moore-Towers and Moscovitch finished in the top five at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships, while Brittany Jones and Ian Beharry also finished in the top ten in the junior competition.
Angie Shen — Volleyball —
Angie coached her beach volleyball team to a first place finish in the provincial championships. She then coached the provincial team to gold at the national championships. Angie was selected to coach Team Ontario’s women’s beach volleyball team at the Canada Games, where they won gold. Angie also coached the Canadian U21 women’s beach volleyball team to a silver medal at the Worlds.