Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence
Canadian Forces Personnel Support Agency

Canadian Forces Personnel Support Agency

November 18, 2007 00:03 ET

Canadian Forces Salute Outstanding Athletes, Coaches, Teams and Officials

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 18, 2007) - At a ceremony Saturday evening, the Canadian Forces Personnel Support Agency (CFPSA) honoured athletes, coaches, teams and officials at the 19th Annual CF Sports Awards Ceremony. Many of the evening's award-winners compete in military and civilian regional, provincial, national and international competitions. The honourees included:

Male Athlete of the Year: Corporal Marc Prud'homme (Land Force Command) from CFB Petawawa is a world-class swimmer and lifesaving athlete who has scored first place finishes in some of the most challenging and prestigious swimming and lifesaving championships in the world. In 2006, he set two new Commonwealth records in the 100 metre Long Course Manikin Carry with fins and 100 metre Long Course Manikin Tow with fins at the Royal Lifesaving Society's Commonwealth Life Saving Championship in England. Back home in Canada, he placed first in five different categories at the Canadian Pool Lifesaving Championship in Halifax.

Female Athlete of the Year: Leading Seaman Simard (Air Command) of CFB Bagotville has excelled in many sports such as badminton, baseball, and bowling. At the CF National Badminton Championship, LS Simard finished first in the Women's Singles, Women's Doubles and Mixed Doubles. At the La Baie civilian provincial badminton tournament, she placed first in the women's doubles competition. Throughout the year, she has brought home more than six gold medals in both CF and civilian sports competitions at the regional, provincial and national level.

Male Coach of the Year: Corporal Edward W. Chipman (Land Force Command) from CFB Petawawa had an outstanding year coaching the CFB Petawawa Men's Soccer team. He led his team to win both the CF Ontario Regional Soccer Championships and the National Soccer Championship in September. His dedication and desire to win never lets his players down. As a result, he has had great success over the past three years, coaching and leading his team to three consecutive titles at the CF National Championship.

Female Coach of the Year: Captain Jennifer Lawton (Maritime Command) of CFB Halifax was nominated as CF Female Athlete of the Year in 2001 and has continued to build on her record of excellence. Her commitment to developing the sport of triathlon and those she coaches makes her a leader in the field of CF fitness and sport. As a co-founder and coach of the Formation Halifax Navy Tridents Triathlon Club, Capt Lawton led the club consisting of forty-two athletes aged 12 to 50, to a highly successful season in 2006. Capt Lawton has motivated and coached her athletes to compete at the highest levels across Canada and world, achieving elite status in some categories.

Official of the Year: LCol Martin Kenneally (Land Force Command) of CFB Edmonton has had an excellent year as a Tae Kwon Do official, earning accolades and recognition in civilian and military circles for his objectivity, professionalism and dedication to the sport. In 2006, LCol Kenneally was one of a select group of international referees chosen to officiate at the 17th World CISM Tae Kwon Do championships in Seoul, Republic of Korea. LCol Kenneally has established himself as a one of the best referees in Canada thanks to remaining neutral and objective during many high-pressure, highly competitive qualifying events for international and Olympic participation.

Team of the Year: Formation Halifax Mariners Men's Hockey Team (Maritime Command) regained their national title this past year at the 2006 CF National Hockey Championship. The team had won the title every year for the past five years except for the 2005 season. Getting to the CF Nationals was a steady climb to the top, with the team capturing their eighth consecutive CF Atlantic Regional championship title to qualify for the CF National Men's Hockey Championship. The team chemistry and cohesion allowed them to battle any adversity they faced.

The Canadian Forces National Sports Program, organized by CFPSA, promotes fitness and good health as a part of the CF's mandate of operational readiness. The program allows participants to raise their level of physical fitness while developing esprit de corps, team cohesion, pride and self-esteem through team and individual sports.

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