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This prestigious award will be handed out at the 47th Annual Athlete of the Year Awards on March 7th at the River Rock Show Theatre.

Christine Sinclair

Burnaby native Christine Sinclair is currently the captain of the Canadian National Soccer Team and will be suiting up for the Portland Thorns FC in 2013. In 2012, Sinclair led Canada to a bronze medal at London’s Summer Olympic Games in spectacular fashion, scoring an Olympic record of six goals to win a Golden Boot, an award given to the top goal scorer in women’s professional soccer.  She also recorded a hat-trick in a 4-3 extra-time semi-final loss to the United States. As Canada’s all-time leading caps and goal scorer, she is the reigning Canada Soccer Player of the Year, Canadian Press female athlete of 2012 and the Lou Marsh Award recipient

 

 

Mario Gutierrez

In 2006, Mario Gutierrez left his homeland in Mexico and immigrated to Canada, where he began riding at Vancouver’s Hastings Racecourse.  In 2012, he was given the opportunity to ride his horse I’ll Have Another at the Robert B. Lewis Stakes in Arcadia, California, delivering a victory in his first ride for the stable. His I’ll Have Another mount turned into a dream come true for Gutierrez as his fan base quickly grew, watching the pair proceed to win the Santa Anita Derby and the classic 2012 Kentucky Derby, permanently etching Gutierrez’s in the Thoroughbred Racing record books. His horse I’ll Have Another went on to defeat all odds to win the 2012 Preakness Stakes to earn a shot at the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes.


 

Ryan Cochrane

Victoria native and Canadian Olympic Team member, Ryan Cochrane is one of the world’s leading forces in distance events and he has two Olympic medals to prove it.  He followed up his 2008 Olympic bronze medal in the 1500m freestyle with a silver medal performance at the 2012 London Olympic Games, bettering his own national record. It was Canada’s top finish in the pool. With his second medal at his second consecutive Olympics, this cemented Cochrane as Canada’s pillar athlete to build its swimming team around for the future. Cochrane’s next endeavor is to work towards swimming for Canada at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro

 

 

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

Currently holding the spot of team captain on Canada’s World Junior U20 Hockey team, nineteen-year-old Burnaby native Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is one of the leading young players in the NHL. In his debut game with the Edmonton Oilers, Nugent-Hopkins scored the game-tying goal with less than 5 minutes left – the Oilers won that game. Despite missing 20 games in his first NHL season, Nugent-Hopkins tied for the most points by a rookie and was nominated for the Calder Memorial Trophy. Ryan also led Team Canada as team captain with 15 points in six games at the 2013 World Junior Tournament.

 

Ryder Hesjedal

2012 was a standout season for Victoria cyclist, Ryder Hesjedal. Placing 6th at the Giro di Lombardia and 9th at the Liege-Bastogne-Liege were amazing accomplishments; but what really set Hesjedal apart from the rest was his First Overall Classification win at the Giro d’Italia, taking home the maglia rose jersey – this completed his journey of becoming the first Canadian to win a Grand Tour. Hesjedal was later named Garmin’s team leader for the Tour de France and Canada’s rider in the 2012 Olympics.  Hesjedal was also presented with the Lionel Conacher Award, an annual award given to Canada’s male athlete of the year.

 

 

 

Willie Mitchell

Port McNeill native and LA Kings defenseman, Willie Mitchell is known as the player with the longer than usual hockey stick and his notable leadership qualities.  In his 13th National Hockey League season, Mitchell signed a two-year extension deal with the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings made it to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1993 – and the first time for Mitchell in his career. Holding the blue line during the final game, Mitchell helped the Kings defeat the New Jersey Devils to win the Stanley Cup Trophy.