2013 Ontario Sport Awards Winners

Male Athlete of the Year

Patrick ChanPatrick Chan — Figure Skating — Toronto

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.

Female Athlete of the Year

Jessica KlimkaitJessica 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.  

Male Athlete with a Disability of the Year

Mac MarcouxMac 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 International Paralympic Committee (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.

Female Athlete with a Disability of the Year

Virginia McLachlan 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.

Male Coach of the Year

Volker NolteVolker 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.

Female Coach of the Year

Vickie CroleyVickie 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.

Team of the Year

essa Virtue and Scott MoirTessa 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. 

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Marianne AllenMarianne Allen
Nominated by: Softball Ontario

Marianne has been a player, Umpire, a Member of the Local Softball Association in addition to serving at the Provincial and National level.  She began her softball career in 1954 playing for St. Catharine's, she also joined the St. Catharine's Ladies league as a member of their local executive.  She has been Secretary of the local association for many years, and for over 25 years has been umpiring local league games on a weekly basis.  Marianne has lined the field, hosted recreational, regional, provincial and national championships on behalf of St. Catharine's Ladies Softball League.   

Marianne has been a dedicated member of the Provincial Women's Softball Association's Board of Directors for 55 years.  Marianne started out as an Executive Member participating on numerous Committees and acting as a Tournament Co-coordinator at various Regional and Provincial Championships.  Marianne Allen has also represented Softball Ontario at the National level at Softball Canada Annual General Meetings and participated on many national committees over the years.  Marianne joined Softball Ontario’s Board in 2013 as one of the PWSA delegates.

In 1981 Marianne was named the St. Catharine's sports Person of the Year, in 1992 she received the Queen's Medal for her significant contribution to her community andwas inducted into the St. Catharine's Sports Hall of Fame as a Builder.  Marianne has been recognized with numerous awards for her dedication and contribution to the sport at the Provincial and National level over the years, including the Rose Hodgson award for service to Softball - above and Beyond.

Marianne has been Softball’s Female Games Chairman for the Female Ontario Summer Games Program.  This position involved co-ordinating all registration, communications, scheduling, organizing the qualifying tournament and acting as Tournament Co-ordinator for the Ontario Summer Games event.

Sport Builder

Gordon PetersonGordon Peterson — Dive Ontario — London

Gordon Peterson has contributed not only to the sport of diving for over 40 years, but he has also contributed to all sports in numerous ways. Gordon has been a COC board member for over 15 years, having sat on the Executive Committee from 2005 - 2009 as well as on various committees and task forces. He was a member of the COC mission staff for both the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games and was elected as one of the two COC Vice-Presidents in 2009 He was a national team diver and following his retirement as an athlete, he has assumed a variety of leadership roles including: President of Diving Plongeon Canada (1994-1996) and President of the Aquatic Federation of Canada (1997-2001).  Gordon continues his involvement in diving as a top-level international official. Gordon has actively promoted fairness in sport and contributed to the creation of an alternative dispute resolution program for the sport community.  He has been director of the Sport Dispute Resolution Center of Canada since its inception since 2004. Gordon was also a board member of the Toronto 2015 Board of Directors, helping in its successful bid for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games.

Shirley ShelbyShirley Shelby — Ontario Blind Sports Association

A passionate inspirational leader and pioneer in sports for the physically disabled, Shirley Shelby has left her mark on the sporting landscape of Ontario. Shirley impacted sports in two different capacities, in the travel industry and in sports administration. She started her own travel agency which specialized in special needs travel, at a time when there was no template for success for such a venture.  She managed the travel and accommodation needs for several organizations including Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association and Canadian Blind Sports Association. Shirley was also a leader in changing policies and procedures of airlines to create better ease of travel for persons with a disability. Shirley was also a founding member of Sport for Disabled Ontario and also joined the Ontario Blind Sports Association as President, relationships she continues to this day. She has been steering the ship through program and athlete development all while balancing books. Shirley has had a positive impact on hundreds of persons living with a disability as an achiever and builder.

Syl Apps Volunteer Achievement Award


Stephanie Beauregard

William Boland

Louise Bull-Barton

Gary Burkholder

Dr.  John Byl

Grover Claire

Kathy Dyer

Jeff Francom

Betty Mochizuki

Stan Hannaford

Frank Hignell

Elizabeth Hoffman

Lynn Kelman

Gordon Ley

Jennifer Meron

Don Moxley

Henry Nelson

Arja Nesbitt

Patrick Richardson

Steven Sheffield

Brian Skinner

Bill Stephens

Ken Urbach

Gary Wren

Nominated by

Special Olympics Ontario

Skate Ontario

Swim Ontario

Ontario 5 Pin Bowlers' Association


Ontario Curling Council

Sailing Ontario

Ontario Ringette

Karate Ontario

Tennis Ontario

Gymnastics Ontario

Golf Association of Ontario


Ontario Volleyball Association

Ontario Baton Twirling Association

Ontario Cycling Association

Ontario Soccer Association

Ontario Lawn Bowls Association

Squash Ontario

Judo Ontario

ParaSport Ontario

Athletics Ontario

Ontario Basketball

Softball Ontario

Corporate Sport Citation Awards


Bowling Sales of Canada

City of Waterloo

Emilio Franch

Hamilton Sheraton Hotel

Harrow Sports

Home Run Sports

Investors Group

JB Video Productions

John Shea Insurance Brokers Ltd.

SSG Gloves 

The MLSE Foundation

VIA Rail Canada

Wind Athletes

Nominated by

Ontario Lawn Bowls Association

Ontario Volleyball Association

Karate Ontario

Ontario 5 Pin Bowling Association

Squash Ontario

Softball Ontario

Golf Association of Ontario

Skate Canada

Ontario Curling Council

Ontario Equestrian Association 

KidSport Ontario

Special Olympics Ontario

Ontario Sailing

Ontario Games Award


2013 Ontario ParaSport Games

2014 Ontario Winter Games

Nominated by

City of Kingston

 Muskoka Region