OTTAWA, ON, November 25, 2022 /CNW/ – Commonwealth Sport Canada (CSC) is pleased to announce the recipient of this year’s Canadian Commonwealth Sport Award. The award for Sport Excellence is given to Justina At The Station (athletes) and Ryan Mallette (trainer). Both awards are recognition and celebration of the individual’s outstanding contribution to Team Canada at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.
The Sport Excellence Athlete Award celebrates outstanding athletic performance by an individual athlete, an entire team, or individual athletes in a team sport if their contribution is exemplary and requires special recognition. The Athlete Awards 2022 Winners are Justina At The Station. At Station is a 2022 Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist in Women’s 76kg Wrestling and a multiple-time continental champion. At Station also medalist at the 2015 and 2019 Pan-American Games. At Station now turning his attention to his goal of qualifying for the 2024 Paris Olympics.
“When At Station is a leader on the mat, he is also one,” said Darren Matte Manager, Marketing and Communications at Wrestling Canada Lutte. “He was highly respected by his teammates and coaches and was always willing to help them in their training. She recently earned her teaching degree and has started working as a substitute teacher at Coquitlam School District. In addition, he is an assistant coach with Simon Fraser University Women’s College Wrestling Team.”
At Station proud of his indigenous heritage and this year will receive a pair of awards: the Tom Longboat Award – which recognizes Aboriginal athletes for their outstanding contributions to sport in Canada; and the Premier’s Award for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport – which celebrates the outstanding achievements of Indigenous youth athletes across the province of BC. Justina is a leader inside and outside matt and a beacon of the Commonwealth movement.
The Sport Excellence Coach Award recognizes and celebrates outstanding coaching performance from a coaching individual or team. This Sports Excellence Coach Award is awarded Ryan Mallette, serves as the current Head Performance Coach at Swimming Canada’s High Performance Center. Mallette worked with Team Canada in their preparations for the Commonwealth Games and was a part of Canada Olympic staff enters Tokyo. Mallette is a true mentor according to the values of the Commonwealth Sports movement.
“Ryan provides leadership and excellence in coaching through his dedication to the development of High Performance Swimmers at Canada,” say Ahmad El-Awadi, Chief Executive Officer at Swimming Natation Canada. “The Swimmer form he has had under his tutelage has been excellent at the Commonwealth Games – Birmingham 2022 leads in medals and breaks two World Junior Records, and three Commonwealth Games Records.”
“We are proud to recognize through the Sport Excellence Athlete and Coach Award the great contributions that have been made by the winners of these awards,” said Richard Powers, President of CSC. “They have shown not only great leadership but also mentors and role models in their sport and community.”
For more information about the Canadian Commonwealth Sports Awards, their categories and past award recipients: https://commonwealthsport.ca.
ABOUT COMMONWEALTH SPORTS CANADA
Commonwealth Sport Canada (CSC) is the franchisor for the Commonwealth Games and the Commonwealth sports movement in Canada. CSC is an active and contributing member of the Canadian sports community and supporter Canada athletes to achieve excellence in the Olympics, Paralympic Games, and world championships. CSC’s mission is to enrich the lives of young people across the Commonwealth and to host the Commonwealth Games. For additional information, visit: www.commonwealthsport.ca.
RESOURCES Commonwealth Games Association of Canada
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