Three awards for Lopes-Schliep
The Vancouver Delta Airport Hotel was host to the 2009 Athletics Canada Awards Gala where World Silver Medalist Priscilla Lopes-Schliep ran away with all three awards she was nominated for.
After a career year, that saw her set a new personal best of 12.49 at the Golden League Memorial Van Dame and winning the Silver Medal at the IAAF World Championships, Lopes-Schliep was honored tonight to have won all three. She won, Overall Athlete of the year, Performance of the year and Track Athlete of the year. „I couldn‘t be any happier, I was hoping to win one of the three awards, I was up against some great athletes, to walk away with all three is a dream come true and the perfect way to end off my 2009 season.“ Lopes-Schliep said. Her coach, Anthony McClearly of Elite Edge Track and field won Coach of the year. Earlier in the day, Anthony was also recognized by the Canadian Coaching Association as a Petro Canada Coach of the year. „I am very happy that Anthony won both awards, he works very hard with me and without all of his support and guidance, all of my successes would have not been possible, next year we are targeting the Canadian Record and World Indoors Gold.“ Lopes-Schliep said as she was leaving the hotel. The Athlete of the Year in Field events was hammer thrower Sultana Frizell. NCAA Champion in Heptathlon Brianne Theisen is Combined Events Athlete of the Year. In the off-track events the number one named was Reid Coolsaet, the national marathon champion. High Jumper Derek Drouin is Junior and sprinter Aaron Brown the Youth Athlete of the Year.