AO’s 10th Annual Awards Gala and Hall of Fame Induction

On Saturday September 30th, Athletics Ontario and Ontario Masters Athletics hosted the 10th Annual Awards Gala and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Beanfield Centre in Toronto.

The evening featured the induction of eleven new members into our Hall of Fame, the presentation of our Athlete Awards, including our Athlete of the Year, and the recognition of some important individuals.

Throughout the night, we inducted some of the provinces best athletes, builders and coaches into our Hall of Fame. Phil Edwards, the most decorated Canadian Olympian in the sport of Athletics, was one of our Inductees this year.

Our other Inductees included: George Walters, Bob Vigars, Mike Illingworth, Vital Shank, Denis Landry, Jason Tunks, Catherine Bond-Mills, Dana Ellis Buller, George Puce, and Ed Archibald.

You can read more about this years’ inductees here.

We had athletes from across the province come together to celebrate their accomplishments from the year. Special thanks are necessary for Olympians Aaron Brown and Khamica Bingham who volunteered their time to be our emcees for the evening. They did a fantastic job and deserve incredible thanks.

We want to recognize our wonderful photographers from the evening as well, Famida lakhi and Khadijah Bijabhai. You can find them on Instagram: @PatchouliCo, and we would not have the memories we have without their presence at the event, so thank you again.

We also want to give a special thanks to our sponsors. The night would not have been possible without their generous donations.

Congratulations to all of this year’s award winners. A complete list can be found below:

Throws

BANTAM BOYS: Benjamin Brewer
MIDGET BOYS: Jeremy Elliot
YOUTH BOYS: Cole Belkwell
JUNIOR MEN: Joseph Maxwell and Mark Bujnowski
SENIOR MEN: Tim Nedow
MASTERS MEN: Bill Pearson
BANTAM GIRLS: Hailey Reid
MIDGET GIRLS: Alexandria Webb
YOUTH GIRLS: Trinity Tutti
JUNIOR WOMEN: Grace Tennant
SENIOR WOMEN: Brittany Crew
MASTERS WOMEN: Doreen Garner

Jumps

BANTAM BOYS: Phanith Ray
MIDGET BOYS: Marcus Renford
YOUTH BOYS: Sam Hall
JUNIOR MEN: Ryan Taylor
SENIOR MEN: Shawnacy Barber
MASTERS MEN: Zoltan Sara
BANTAM GIRLS: Lucinda Pollitt
MIDGET GIRLS: Jillian Catton
YOUTH GIRLS: Autumn Bigger
JUNIOR WOMEN: Makiah Hunt
SENIOR WOMEN: Alysha Newman
MASTERS WOMEN: Sue Hannon

Sprints/Hurdles

BANTAM BOYS: Dylen Belanger
MIDGET BOYS: Nifaiya Robinson
YOUTH BOYS: Liam Mather and Myles Misener-Daley
JUNIOR MEN: Karson Kowalchuk
SENIOR MEN: Andre De Grasse
MASTERS MEN: Chris Warburton
BANTAM GIRLS: Reyne Rodrigues
MIDGET GIRLS: Olivia Gee
YOUTH GIRLS: Sharelle Samuel
JUNIOR WOMEN: Ashlan Best and Xahria Santiago
SENIOR WOMEN: Crystal Emmanuel
MASTERS WOMEN: Karla Del Grande

Distance

BANTAM BOYS: Christian Barida
MIDGET BOYS: Abdullahi Hassan
YOUTH BOYS: Joshua Desouza
JUNIOR MEN: Kyle Madden
SENIOR MEN: Mohammed Ahmed
MASTERS MEN: Paul Osland
BANTAM GIRLS: Aysia Maurice
MIDGET GIRLS: Jardine Lam-Colling and Petal Palmer
YOUTH GIRLS: Brogan MacDougall and Aurora Rynda
JUNIOR WOMEN: Lucia Stafford
SENIOR WOMEN: Melissa Bishop
MASTERS WOMEN: Jean Horne

Combined Events

BANTAM BOYS: Liam Miller
MIDGET BOYS: Owen McDonald
YOUTH BOYS: Caleb Timm
JUNIOR MEN: Joshua Mather
SENIOR MEN: Damian Warner
MASTERS MEN: Peter Zowkewych
BANTAM GIRLS: Hailey Reid
MIDGET GIRLS: Izzy Goudros
YOUTH GIRLS: Lexi Kundlacz
JUNIOR WOMEN: Dallyssa Huggins

Para Track Athlete of the Year

MEN: Jason Dunkerley
WOMEN: Marissa Papaconstantinou

Para Field Athlete of the Year

MEN: Ryan Bennett
WOMEN: Renee Foessel

OMA Athlete of the Year

MEN: Paul Osland
WOMEN: Karla Del Grande

AO Athlete of the Year

Mohammed Ahmed

Volunteer of the Year

Brian McClelland

Official of the Year

Ken Giles

Coach of the Year

Richard Parkinson

If you attended this year’s gala, please fill out the survey below so we can gather your feedback and make changes for next year: Click here to take the survey

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