Executive Vice-president, SMC
TORONTO, December 4, 2009 - Toronto's venerable Royal York Hotel was the scene of the 14th Annual Sports Media Canada Achievement Awards presentation luncheon in October.
Over 300 members and executives of Canadian sports media, representatives of various teams and sports organizations and supporters of sport and sports media were present for the occasion.
A popular former Premier of Ontario, David Peterson, was the first to address the assembly, providing an update on the progress of Toronto's bid to host the 2015 Pan Am Games. Peterson headed the bid organization which, a couple of weeks later, realized its goal of winning the approval of the Pan American Sports Organization - on the first round of balloting.
2015 Games venues will be spread around Southern Ontario with the City of Toronto holding the main focus of the $1.43 billion sport extravaganza.
Other featured speakers were the Mayor of Toronto, David Miller and the head of Consortium organizing and producing TV coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Keith Pelly.
Two 'President's Awards' were presented for the first time and went to Tom Anselmi of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment for Exemplary Leadership and to TSN (The Sports Network) in recognition of their 25th Anniversary of 24-hour-daily TV coverage of local,national and international sport.
Veteran golf writer and columnist Lorne Rubenstein of the Toronto Globe and Mail was the recipient of the George Gross Career Achievement Award. Former NHL player Bob Boughner, now owner and head coach of the Memorial Cup Champion Windsor Spitfires was named Canadian Sports Executive of the Year.
The Outstanding Sportswriting Award was shared by Paul Waldie and Dave Shoalts of the Toronto Globe and Mail for their series on the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes financial and franchise woes.
The Outstanding Sports Broadcasting Award went to Jim Hughson a lead commentator with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's weekly TV coverage of games in the NHL.
The Outstanding Sports Photography Award was taken by Adrian Wyld of the Canadian Press Ottawa Bureau.
Three writer/columnists representing Canadian sports pages from coast-to-coast were posthumously installed on the Sports Media Canada Honour Roll: Jim Kearney of the Vancouver Sun, Bob Gage of the London (Ontario) Free Press and Ace Foley of the Halifax Chronicle Herald.
Two promising students of sports journalism each received a $2000 bursary to support the completion of their studies.