TORONTO, December 2, 2015 - The Sports Media Canada Annual Achievement Awards Luncheon celebrated its 20th anniversary on November 6, 2015 at the landmark Royal York Hotel in downtown Toronto.
Co-founded by George Gross and Don Goodwin, the awards recognize outstanding sports journalism in Canada. It was fitting that the ever smooth Goodwin handled his unprecedented fourth turn as master of ceremonies of this prestigious event.a
Gross, who died in 2008, was remembered by his good friend and
Sports Media Canada colleague Goodwin who retold the story of how their dream
became a reality. Georgeís wife Elizabeth, and son George Jr., were among the
special guests and they were warmly greeted by the almost 300 in attendance.
The slate of Sports Media Canada honourees in 2015 once again was fully deserving of the accolades.
Longtime globetrotting tennis writer Tom Tebbutt was recipient of the George Gross Award for Career Achievement. The Honour Roll for Career Achievement also featured three posthumous recipients Ė Ernie Calcutt, Alison Gordon and Al McCann.
Calcutt was the Voice of the Ottawa Rough Riders team in the Canadian Football League; Gordon scored a first for women as a groundbreaking baseball writer for The Toronto Star and McCann was synonymous with sports broadcasting in Western Canada.
Others honoured by Sports Media Canada with George Gross Awards in 2015 were Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet (Outstanding Broadcasting), Sean Fitz-Gerald of The National Post and now The Toronto Star (Outstanding Sportswriting), Steve Russell of The Toronto Star (Outstanding Photography) and Alex Anthopoulos of the Toronto Blue Jays (Sports Executive of the Year). The Presidentís Award in 2015 went to Dan Loiselle who retired from Torontoís Woodbine Racetrack after 29 years as Canadaís Voice of Horseracing.
Sports Media Canada President Steve McAllister, Executive Vice President John Iaboni and the entire Sports Media Canada Annual Awards Luncheon committee are proud to carry on the legacy established by Gross and Goodwin. Itís a process that continues to cope with enormous challenges. Thatís why the 20th anniversary luncheon is a momentous achievement for Sports Media Canada.