Executive Vice-president, Sports Media Canada
TORONTO, October 18, 2009 - The 14th Annual Sports Media Canada Achievement Awards will be presented at a luncheon tomorrow Monday, October 19 in the Royal York Hotel in Toronto. Before an audience of 300 including the Mayor of Toronto, leaders of major media and sport teams and organizations, former Award recipients and supporters of sport a dozen individuals will be identified as outstanding practitioners of the sports journalism profession or especially significant in Canadian sport.
The Canadian Sports Executive of the Year Award was instituted seven years ago to identify and honour leaders in sport who have made a notable contribution to the improvement of sport in Canada and who have demonstrated an unusually high level of understanding of sports media and its role in the development of sport at all levels in this country. The 2009 recipient of the award will be Bob Boughner, twice named Coach of the Year in both the Ontario Hockey League and Canadian Hockey League and bench boss of the reigning Memorial Cup Champion Windsor Spitfires, has a long and proven track record of getting the most out of not only himself, but those fortunate enough to be around him Sports Media Canada also named the recipients of this year's George Gross Awards for excellence in sports journalism - sportswriting, sports broadcasting and sports photography.
The 2009 award for sports writing is shared by Globe and Mail reporters, David Shoalts and Paul Waldie. When Shoalts first began to write on the dire financial situation in which the Phoenix Coyotes found themselves in last fall, the NHL club and commissioner Gary Bettman downplayed the stories emanating from Canada. But the veteran Globe and Mail hockey columnist, along with the Globe's highly regarded Report of Business reporter Paul Waldie, kept unearthing the facts that demonstrated the Coyotes` financial woes should be taken seriously.
Broadcaster of the Year: Jim Hughson, leads the Hockey Night In Canada broadcast teams that cover the NHL. The hockey broadcasting veteran began his impressive career calling NHL games in October 1979 and joined CBC'S HNIC in 2005. His 29-year admirable career as a sports broadcaster includes calling Wayne Gretzky's final game in Canada.
Photographer of the Year: Adrian Wyld, captured the Team Canada celebration at the end of the gold medal game when Canada defeated Sweden 5-1 to win the World Junior Hockey Championship in Ottawa last January. It was Canada`s fifth straight world junior title. Adrian Wyld is a staff photographer with The Canadian Press based in Ottawa.
Posthumous Awards will be given to three veteran sportswriters - Jim Kearney of Vancouver, B.C., Bob Gage of London, Ontario and Ace Foley of Halifax, N.S.
Two sports journalism students will each receive a $2000 bursary to aid with the completion of their studies.
The new Sports Media Canada President's Award, presented for the first time this year, will go to Tom Anselmi the Executive Vice President and CEO of the giant sports management enterprise Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment. Anselmi was a key figure in the creation and growth of Toronto FC a new franchise in the Major League Soccer organization which is leading soccer to greater prominence in North America.
Another President's Award will be presented to TSN Canada's first cable television sports network -25 years old this year.