2012 Ontario Sport Awards Winners

Male Athlete of the Year

Patrick Chan
Patrick Chan — Figure Skating — Toronto

Patrick started 2012 by winning the Canadian Figure Skating Championships for the fifth time. On the international scene, Patrick placed first in the International Skating Union (ISU) Four Continents Figure Skating Championships and the ISU Rostelecom Cup. Patrick’s greatest accomplishment in 2012 came at the World Figure Skating Championships, where he took home gold for the second consecutive year. 

Female Athlete of the Year

Mary Spencer
Rosannagh (Rosie) MacLennan — Gymnastics — Richmond Hill (training site) — King City (hometown)

Rosannagh began the year by claiming gold at the Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championship and followed that up with silver at the Elite Canada gymnastics event and gold in the National Olympic trials. From there she competed at two World Cup events, finishing first and 11th respectively. Rosannagh went on to win at the London 2012 Summer Olympics, bringing home the only gold medal for Canada.

Male Athlete with a Disability of the Year

Patrick Anderson
Patrick Anderson — Wheelchair Basketball — Fergus

Patrick led the Men’s National Wheelchair Basketball team to gold at the 2012 Summer Paralympics. In addition to his team’s success, Patrick received numerous awards and achievements, including being named a finalist for the prestigious Laureus Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability Award, the 2012 National Championships tournament MVP and the Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association Male Athlete of the Year. Patrick was a top scorer at 2012 Summer Paralympics.

Female Athlete with a Disability of the Year

Summer Mortimer Summer Mortimer — Para-Swimming — Ancaster
Breaking world records was a consistent theme for Summer’s 2012 season. After winning gold in the 100 metre backstroke and 100 metre Freestyle at the Paralympic Trials, she added another gold medal in the 50 metre freestyle and set a new World Record. From there she went to win gold at the CanAm Para Swimming Championship in the 100 metre backstroke, setting another World Record in the process. She went on to break her own record at the 2012 Summer Paralympics, capturing gold in the 100 metre backstroke.

Team of the Year

essa Virtue and Scott MoirTessa Virtue and Scott Moir — Figure Skating — Ilderton
Tessa and Scott dominated competition at all levels in 2012. They won gold at the Canadian Championships, ISU Four Continents Championship, Skate Canada International and the Cup of Russia. They consistently finished first place and went on to take the gold at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships.

Male Coach of the Year

Reg ChappellReg Chappell — Swimming — Newmarket
Reg began the year at the Ontario Provincial Championships, coaching numerous athletes who achieved medals and top 10 finishes.  Reg continued to see success on the international level, as he coached World Record holder and World Champion Summer Mortimer to a place on the Canadian Paralympic team to compete in London 2012 Summer Olympics. Subsequently, Reg was appointed the 2012 Canadian Paralympic Coach for the Canadian Paralympic swimmers. The Canadian Paralympic swim team was very successful at London 2012 Summer Olympics.

Female Coach of the Year

Jennifer LeeJennifer Lee — Badminton — Markham
Jennifer  coached five athletes who won medals at the Senior National Championships. In international competition, she coached Michelle Li to two championship titles while also adding two doubles Championship titles with Michelle and Alex Bruce. Jennifer coached Michelle and Alex to a fourth  place finish at the  London 2012 Summer Olympics. 

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Robert Brooks — Nominated by Squash Ontario

From “playground to podium” surely defines this man, both personally and through his long career in squash.  He has done it all in his 50 years in squash – as a squash professional, a coach, a board member, a committee member, an administrator, a squash club owner and as a volunteer. Rob Brooks’ passion for sport began over 60 years ago when he attended his first major league baseball game in Philadelphia. 

Rob has trained and coached many Ontario, Canadian and U.S. squash champions over the years, some of whom have gone on to represent Canada at international and world championships. Rob serves where he is needed. He has acted as manager/coach to Team Ontario many times over the past 20 years, for teams selected by Squash Ontario to represent this province in National Championships, U.S. Junior Opens, and Battle of the Borders. Rob has served on Squash Ontario’s Competitions Committee and its Junior Advisory Committee.  He came onto the Squash Ontario Board of Directors as Vice President Finance and then served 3 years as one of the association’s most successful and respected presidents. He led Squash Ontario through arguably its most successful years. 

Rob Brooks has changed squash in Ontario and he has built squash in Ontario – one soul at a time.

Sport Builder Award

Helen Gurney

Helen Gurney is a true builder of women’s sport in Ontario. After graduating from the University of Toronto in 1940, Gurney began a teaching career in physical education which helped launch her into several leadership roles with a variety of provincial and national organizations. She quickly became known as a respected educator, coach, official, and sport leader at a time when few women took on such roles. She inspired many young women to participate in sports and worked tirelessly to provide them with fair and equitable athletic opportunities.

Barry Nye

For more than 40 years Barry Nye has been an outstanding builder of amateur sport in Ontario and across Canada. His professional and volunteer contributions have touched on numerous Provincial and National Sport Organizations and he has had extensive involvement with multi-sport games including, Olympic, Commonwealth, Canada Games and Pan Am Games. 

Barry has served on various boards including the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Amateur Wrestling Association and Gymnastics Canada. He has been recognized both nationally and internationally for his outstanding contributions to the sport community and was presented with the Queen’s Silver Jubilee medal for his contribution to sport from the Government of Canada.

Corporate Sport Citation Awards

Investors Group

Investors Group

Nominated by:
Golf Association of Ontario

EC Gold Incorporated

Nominated by: Gymnastics Ontario

Budo World Martial Arts supply

Nominated by: Karate Association of Ontario

Investors GroupHyundai Auto Canada Corp.

Nominated by: KidSport Ontario

NEBs Funworld

Nominated by: Ontario 5 Pin Bowlers' Association

TV Cogeco

Nominated by: Ontario Curling Council

Bucas Ltd.

Nominated by: Ontario Equestrian Federation

Kukri Sports Canada Inc.

Nominated by: Ontario Lawn Bowls Association

Piper's Heath Golf Club

Nominated by: Ontario Sailing

RBC Greater Toronto

Nominated by: Ontario Volleyball Association

Accessibility Directorate of Ontario

Nominated by: ParaSport Ontario

Figure Skating Boutique

Nominated by: Skate Ontario

Residence and Conference Centres

Nominated by: Softball Ontario

HD Brown Enterprises Ltd.

Nominated by: Squash Ontario

Yonex Canada

Nominated by: Ontario Federation for School Athletics Association

Margarine Gold Gate Micha Inc.

Nominated by: Special Olympics Ontario


Syl Apps Volunteer Achievement Awards

Ian Anderson   

Nominated by: Athletics Ontario

Muriel Anderson

Nominated by: Ontario Curling Council

Sharon Arnold  

Nominated by: Ontario Tennis Association

Brian Clarke

Nominated by: Squash Ontario

Iain Craig

Nominated by: Canoe Kayak Ontario

Roy Dahl  

Nominated by: Ontario Basketball

Clifford Dell   

Nominated by: The Ontario Soccer Association

Malcolm Eade 

Nominated by: Ontario Cycling Association

Rose Margaret Engemann     

Nominated by: Ontario Lacrosse Association

Kim Genton    

Nominated by: Ontario Baton Twirling Association

Jeff Goldsworthy  

Nominated by: Badminton Ontario

Tom Hennessey         

Nominated by: Boxing Ontario

Tony Kelly    

Nominated by: Judo Ontario

Tom Laporte

Nominated by: Baseball Ontario

Bob Mannen

Nominated by: Ontario Blind Sports Association

Joanne Mauthe

Nominated by: Softball Ontario

Janice Moore  

Nominated by: Dive Ontario

John Nelson 

Nominated by: Ontario Volleyball Association

Bob North

Nominated by: Ontario Lawn Bowls Association

Suzanne Paulins  

Nominated by: Swim Ontario

Dave Post

Nominated by: Ontario 5 Pin Bowlers' Association

Anna Poste

Nominated by: Golf Association of Ontario

Joe Putos

Nominated by: Triathlon Ontario

Martin Ritsma

Nominated by: Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA)

Donna Scott

Nominated by: Ontario Sailing

Norm Steeper

Nominated by: OSGA

Louis Stong    

Nominated by: Skate Ontario

Peter Stratford     

Nominated by: CIRA Ontario

Suenori Tominaga    

Nominated by: Karate Association of Ontario

Rick Walker       

Nominated by: Special Olympics Ontario