Derek Drouin honoured by Athletics Canada
Athlete of year among high jumper's 3 awards
Derek Drouin's record-breaking season has earned the high jumper three Athletics Canada awards.
Drouin, from Corunna, Ont., won the Jack W. Davies Trophy as outstanding athlete of the year, plus the F.N.A Rowell Trophy as athlete of the year in field events, and the Cal D. Bricker Memorial Trophy for outstanding performance of the year.
The 23-year-old set a Canadian record of 2.38 metres in high jump and won a bronze medal at the world track and field championships. He also won an NCAA Division 1 indoor title with a Canadian record jump of 2.35.
Brent Lakatos won both the Phil A. Edwards Memorial Trophy as athlete of the year in track events, and the para-athlete of the year award for wheelchair events. Lakatos won five medals at the IPC world championships -- four gold in the T53 wheelchair classification 100, 200 and 400 metres, and 4x400 relay. He won silver in the 800.
In the process he set four Canadian and four IPC world championship records. Later at the Sainsbury Games he broke the world record in the T53 wheelchair 100 metres.
Brianne Theisen-Eaton of Humboldt, Sask., won the combined events athlete of the year, winning gold at the prestigious Gotzis Hypo-Meeting, and silver at the world championships.
Alicia Brown of Ottawa won the Dr. Fred Tees Memorial Trophy as the Canadian university athlete of the year. The University of Toronto athlete won titles in the 300m at both the conference and CIS championships.
Shawnacy Barber of Toronto, Ont., won the Eric E. Coy Trophy as outstanding junior athlete after breaking the Canadian senior outdoor record in the pole vault, clearing 5.71m.
Inaki Gomez of Vancouver, B.C., earned the Fred Begley Memorial Trophy as the top off-track athlete of the year. Gomez finished eighth at the world championships in the 20-kilometre race walk, and at the Canadian championships raced to a Canadian record of 40 minutes one second in the 10km race walk.
Gomez's coach Gerry Dragomir won coach of the year, Virginia McLachlan of Windsor, Ont., won the para-athlete of the year in ambulatory events. while Lexi Aitken of London, Ont., and Paul Galas of Mississauga, Ont., tied for the Myrtle Cook Trophy for the outstanding youth athlete.
The trophies will be presented at the Annual Awards Gala in Moncton, N.B., during the 2014 Canadian championships.