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Sport BC announces SCOTT RUSSELL OF CBC as Master of Ceremonies
 2016 Athlete of the Year Awards
presented by Canadian Direct Insurance

RICHMOND, BC (February 23, 2016) — Sport BC is pleased to announce that Scott Russell, CBC Sports Broadcaster, will be emceeing the 2016 Athlete of the Year Awards in Vancouver on March 10, 2016.
A Gemini Award-winning broadcaster and acclaimed author, Scott Russell brings a vast and wide-ranging amount of experience, passion and knowledge to his roles as host for CBC’s Olympic Coverage and CBC SPORTS WEEKEND.

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CBC – Canada Lives Here 2014 Campaign
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“We are thrilled that Scott has agreed to come back to Vancouver to host the 2016 Athlete of the Year Awards,” said Rob Newman, CEO of Sport BC. “Scott brings a breadth of insight into the world of sport and is a professional role model for all of our award winners. His passion in supporting the sport community here in British Columbia is hugely appreciated as we honour 18 award recipients and recognize the very best in amateur sport in BC for the 50th anniversary of this event.”

A CBC Sports veteran of more than 25 years, Russell has covered 12 Olympic Games and co-hosted Olympic Morning for Beijing 2008: The Olympic Games. He has also hosted five Commonwealth Games, the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa and the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany. In 2014 Scott hosted the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi Russia and the FIFA World Cup Brazil. In 2015, he hosted CBC’s network coverage of the 2015 Pan American & Parapan Am Games in Toronto.  In 2016, he will serve as the co-host of CBC’s Road to the Olympic Games and will host CBC’s Prime Time coverage of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. For 14 years, Russell was a host and rinkside reporter for Hockey Night in Canada. Outside of his hosting duties, Russell authors the insightful Field of Play blog at where he discusses the world of sport from all angles.

In 2014 Russell was named Sports Media Canada’s winner of the George Gross Award as Broadcaster of the Year. In addition to his roles at CBC, Russell teaches a course in Canadian Sports History at Toronto’s Centennial College. He is a member of the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Education Committee as well as a member of the Ambassador’s Council for the Amici camping charity. Russell is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and holds an M.A. in Journalism. In 2013, he was honoured by CBC with a President’s Award in the Brand Champion category for his dedication and enthusiasm for his work covering amateur athletics for the network. Credit: CBC Media Center Website


The Athlete of the Year Awards, founded by Sport BC, is the longest standing amateur sport recognition event in the country.  Awards in 18 different categories are given each year to athletes, coaches, and officials on their performance and contribution to sport in the province of British Columbia.  The awards play a valuable role in nurturing athletic success while recognizing extraordinary accomplishments in BC.

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For additional information, please contact:
Christine Wong, Athlete of the Year Coordinator
christine@sportbc.comTel: 604-647-7442                                             Website: