OTTAWA, ON, November 25, 2022 /CNW/ – Commonwealth Sport Canada (CSC) is proud to announce this year’s winners of the Canadian Commonwealth Sport Awards. Sports Excellence awards go to Justina Di Stasio (athlete) i Ryan Mallette (trainer). Both awards are a recognition and celebration of the individual’s outstanding contribution to Team Canada at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.
The Sports Award for Sports Excellence celebrates outstanding sporting performance by individual athletes, a whole team or an individual athlete within a team sport if their contributions are exemplary and deserve special recognition . The 2022 winner of the Athlete Award is Justina Di Stasio. Di Stasio she was the 2022 Commonwealth Games gold medalist in women’s 76 kg freestyle wrestling and a multi-time continental champion. Di Stasio he was also a medalist at the 2015 and 2019 Pan American Games. Di Stasio He is now focusing his attention on his goal of qualifying for the 2024 Paris Olympics.
“While Di Stasio she is a leader on the mat, she is also one of a kind,” says Darren Matte, Marketing and Communications Manager for Wrestling Canada Lutte. “She is well respected by her teammates and coaches and is always willing to help them in their formation. She recently graduated as a teacher and has started working as a substitute teacher at the coquitlam School District. In addition, she is an assistant coach with from Simon Fraser University Women’s wrestling team.”
Di Stasio is proud of his Indigenous heritage and will receive a pair of awards this year: the Tom Longboat Award, which recognizes Aboriginal athletes for outstanding contributions to sport in canada; as well as a Premier 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 on and off the mat and a beacon of the Commonwealth movement.
The Sports Coaching Excellence Award recognizes and celebrates outstanding coaching performance by an individual or coaching team. This award is given to the coach for sporting excellence Ryan Mallette, in the current role of Head Performance Coach at Swimming Canada’s High Performance Centre. Mallette worked with Team Canada in its preparation for the Commonwealth Games and was a part of it from canada Olympic staff a Tokyo. Mallette is a true mentor according to the values of the Commonwealth sports movement.
“Ryan provides leadership and coaching excellence through his dedication to developing high-performance swimmers in canada”, he says Ahmed El-Awadi, CEO of Swimming Swimming Canada. “The performances of the swimmers he has had under his tutelage did very well at the Commonwealth Games…. Birmingham In 2022 he led the medal count and broke two world junior records and three Commonwealth Games records.”
“We are proud to recognize through the Sports and Coaching Excellence Award the great contributions these award winners have made,” he says. Richard Powers, President of the CSC. “Not only have they shown great leadership, but they are mentors and role models in their sport and community.”
For more information on the Canadian Commonwealth Sports Awards, their categories and past award recipients: https://commonwealthsport.ca.
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Commonwealth Sport Canada (CSC) is the franchise holder of the Commonwealth Games and the Commonwealth sports movement in canada. The CSC is an active member and supporter of the Canadian sports community from canada athletes to achieve excellence at the Olympic Games, Paralympics and World Championships. The mission of the CSC is to enrich the lives of young people in the Commonwealth and to host the Commonwealth Games. For additional information, go to: www.commonwealthsport.ca.
SOURCE Commonwealth Games Association of canada
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