2011 Ontario Sport Awards Winners

Male Athlete of the Year

Patrick Chan
Patrick Chan — Figure Skating — Toronto

Patrick has had a remarkable and undefeated season in 2011. He won his fourth straight Canadian Figure Skating Championship 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.

Female Athlete of the Year

Whitney McClintock
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 2011 Pan Am Games, Whitney won four medals: gold in Tricks, and silver in Slalom, Jump and Overall.

Male Athlete with a Disability of the Year

Mark Ledo
Mark Ledo — Para Cycling — Maple

Mark won the Canadian National Championships in the time trial and road race cycling events. He placed second in the World Cup Sydney and second in both the road race and time trial at the World Cup Baie-Comeau. In September, Mark finished third in the road race at the World Championships. Mark should be one to watch at this year’s Paralympics.

Female Athlete with a Disability of the Year

Robbie Wheldon — Cycling — Para Tandem
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.

Team of the Year

Victoria Altomare and Melissa Humana-Paredes
Victoria Altomare and Melissa Humana-Paredes — Beach Volleyball

The beach volleyball team of Victoria Altomare & Melissa Humana-Paredes finished in second place at the Under 21 World Championship in 2011, becoming the first Canadian women to stand on the podium at an international FIVB (Fédération Internationale de Volleyball ) event in the history of Beach Volleyball. The team won the Provincial Championships and then placed third 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.

Male Coach of the Year

Charlie Stewart
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 (National Coaching Certification Program) 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. Charlie also coached several athletes to provincial championship wins and received the Boxing Ontario 2011 Coach of the Year award.

Female Coach of the Year

Elena Davydova
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 second. She was also the Team Coach at the World Championships for the Canadian Team that finished eleventh and at the Elite Gym Masilia International for the Canadian Team that finished third. Elena also coaches several more athletes that compete at the national and provincial level.

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Bette Kalailleff  (Nominated by Softball Ontario)
Bette Kalailleff made her first impact on the Ontario sport scene when she began coaching the girls’ softball team in her hometown of Port Colborne. In 1958, Bette formed the Port Colborne Comettes Senior Ladies Fastball Club where she was team manager for 39 years and coach for 20 years.

Bette joined the Provincial Women’s Softball Association Board of Directors in 1962 and served in roles of increasing responsibility, first as Treasurer, then 1st Vice-President. In 1975 she became and remained President for 11 years. To this day she continues to serve on the Board and volunteers as Vice-President.

One of Softball Ontario’s forming members, Bette served on the Board of Directors and/or Executive Council from 1971-1992. She was instrumental in bringing the male, female and rural softball associations together in order to form one association. Bette retired temporarily from Softball Ontario in 1992, but returned to the Board in 1998 and again in 2006, where she continues to serve as one of Softball Ontario’s Directors.

Bette served as Ontario’s Commissioner for Softball Canada from 1977-1985 and was elected Vice President for Softball Canada’s Board of Directors in 1985.  Bette held many positions during her years at Softball Canada including: Chairman of the Officiating Committee; Supervisor of numerous Canadian Championships; and, National Team Leader in 1997.  

In 1962 Bette was the first and only woman to be appointed to the Port Colborne Recreation Commission. In 1973 Bette formed the Port Colborne Sports Council steering committee and served as secretary in its inaugural year. Bette also formed and managed the Port Colborne Ladies Basketball Club from 1957-78. In 1988 Bette’s service to Softball in Canada was recognized when she was inducted into Softball Canada’s Hall of Fame in the Builder’s Category.

Corporate Sport Citation Awards

Bearskin Airlines

Bearskin Airlines

Nominated by:
Ontario Curling Council

Black Knight CanadaBlack Knight Canada

Nominated by: Badminton Ontario

BMO Nesbitt Burns

Nominated by: Squash Ontario

Investors GroupInvestors Group

Nominated by: Golf Association of Ontario

Miele Canada

Nominated by: Ontario Tennis Association

Mikasa Sport Canada Inc. Mikasa Sport Canada Inc

Nominated by: Ontario Volleyball Association

MVP SportsMVP Sports

Nominated by: Ontario Lawn Bowls Association

Pearson Dunn Insurance Inc.Pearson Dunn Insurance Inc.

Nominated by: Gymnastics Ontario

Scotiabank Dealer FinanceScotiabank Dealer Finance

Nominated by: KidSport Ontario

Shopper's Home Health CareShopper's Home Health Care

Nominated by: ParaSport Ontario

Spalding Canada

Nominated by: Ontario Basketball

STAPLES Business Depot Canada

Nominated by: Special Olympics Ontario

Stellar Lanes

Nominated by: Ontario 5 Pin Bowlers' Association

System Fencing Ltd. 

Nominated by: Ontario Equestrian Federation

Tippet-Richardson Ltd.

Nominated by: Sport Alliance Ontario

Toronto Blue Jays
Toronto Blue Jays

Nominated by: Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations

VELUX Canada Inc.

Nominated by: Ontario Sailing Association


Syl Apps Volunteer Achievement Awards

Michelle Bretherick

Nominated by: Ontario Baton Twirling Association

Mike Breuls

Nominated by: Ontario Blind Sports Association

Marie Burland

Nominated by: CIRA Ontario

Mary Frances Carter

Nominated by: Association Ontario Snowboarders

Brad Day

Nominated by: Ontario Cycling Association

William Doherty

Nominated by: Judo Ontario

Jacqueline Downing

Nominated by: Athletics Ontario

Glenn Fortin

Nominated by: Skate Ontario

Emilio Franch

Nominated by: Karate Ontario

Jim Furlong

Nominated by: Golf Association of Ontario

Ron Hawthorne

Nominated by: Slo-Pitch Ontario Association

Al Hong

Nominated by: Ontario 5 Pin Bowlers' Association

John Jeffries

Nominated by: Ontario Volleyball Association

Kathy Ludwig

Nominated by: Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association

Bill Lylte

Nominated by: Ontario Senior Games Association

Patrick Lymburner

Nominated by: Ontario Sailing Association

Barry Macklin

Nominated by: Ontario Curling Council

Gus Morhart

Nominated by: Ontario Tennis Association

Herb Nesbitt

Nominated by: Ontario Lawn Bowls Association

Verna Robertson

Nominated by: Gymnastics Ontario

Dave Roza

Nominated by: Swim Ontario

Maggie Steyn

Nominated by: Squash Ontario

Nathan Teague

Nominated by: Ontario Basketball

Vincent Tersigni

Nominated by: Ontario Soccer Association

Sue Thompson

Nominated by: Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations

Judith Tutty

Nominated by: CanoeKayak Ontario