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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The ASSC-CDSA announces the winners of the 2008 Sports Awards

MONTREAL, November 5, 2008 - The Canadian Deaf Sports Association (ASSC-CDSA) is proud to announce the winners of the 2008 Sports Awards which recognizes the best individuals in Deaf sports. To recognize these individuals, a Gala took place at Victoria Delta Hotel in Victoria, BC on October 25, 2008, during the Annual General Meeting.

The ASSC-CDSA wishes to congratulate the 2008 Sports Awards recipients  :

Ernest-Marwick Award (Best Male Athlete):

Christopher Rinaldi of Lasalle, QC -Swimming

Christopher Rinaldi won 8 gold medals at the 2007 Panamerican Deaf Games in Swimming events. Rinaldi was considered an inspiration and positive image by his Team Canada’s peers. Rinaldi is 20 years old and trains currently with CAMO Swimming Club in Montréal and he is expected to participate at the 2009 Taipei Summer Deaflympics.

JoAnne-Robinson Award (Best Female Athlete):

Canadian Women Deaf Curling Team

The Canadian Women Deaf Curling Team members are Judy Robertson, Sally Korol, Debbie Sutton and Linda Taylor from Alberta. These women won the 1st Women Deaf Curling Tryouts in Edmonton which consequently gave them a ticket for the 2007 Salt Lake City Winter Deaflympics. At this event, they became the first ever Women Curling team gold winners since Curling has been introduced for the first time.

Guy-Gosselin Award (Best Organization):

Association sportive des Sourds du Québec (ASSQ)

The ASSQ improved the sport system and programs in Québec province thus growing the membership. ASSQ introduced seven new sports from grassroots to high performance levels and which helped find new athletes for the national and international levels. The ASSQ also became the first organization to do an Inter-provincial event annually which attracted more than 100 athletes from Québec and Ontario.

Leader of the Year Award :

Alain Turpin of Montréal, QC

Alain Turpin, Executive Director of ASSQ, is the first recipient of the ASSC-CDSA’s Leader of the Year Award. Turpin was the mastermind of the first Inter-provincial event who took place in Montreal and which attracted more than 100 new athletes from Quebec and Ontario. He also volunteered for the Women Volleyball and Men Basketball National committees who are responsible to organize the National Training Camps and Teams.

Coach of the Year Award:

Jean-Louis Portelance of LaPrairie, QC

Jean-Louis Portelance is the first recipient of the ASSC-CDSA’s Coach of the Year Award. Head Coach Portelance is the National Deaf Women Volleyball Team’s Coach since 2007. He helped the Team winning their first International gold medal at the 2007 Panamerican Deaf Games. Head Coach Portelance also led the Team to their first World Championships who took place in Argentina (August 2008). They finished 6th place.

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