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Petitclerc Wins 2008 Lou Marsh Award


Published: December 9, 2008 12:19 pm ET

Last Comment: December 9, 2008 5:34 pm ET | 5 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

Standardbred Canada congratulates Chantal Petitclerc, who was today announced the winner of the Lou Marsh Award as Canada's Athlete of the Year.

Petitclerc won five gold medals and set three world records at the Beijing Paralympics. She is an extremely talented athlete and all Canadians, including those in the harness racing community, applaud her for her remarkable accomplishments.

Standardbred Canada will continue to lead the charge in having Somebeachsomewhere recognized for his tremendous athletic accomplishments in 2008 and will put forth his name to be considered for the Lionel Conacher Award. The Award, also named annually is given to Canada's Male Athlete of the Year. The award, first given in 1932, is voted upon by members of the Canadian Press.

Recent winners include Sidney Crosby (hockey), Steve Nash (basketball) and Kyle Shewfelt (gymnastics).

The Lionel Conacher Award is traditionally named at the end of December.

To view a story by the Toronto Star announcing Petitclerc as the 2008 Lou Marsh Award winner, click here.

December 9, 2008 - 5:34 pmChantal is a very deserving

blaine d. (not verified) SAID...

Chantal is a very deserving winner.She made us all proud(as Canadians) for her accomplishments.Obviously a very dedicated & gifted athlete.

December 9, 2008 - 2:45 pmDitto that,Horses over

Anonymous (not verified) SAID...

Ditto that,Horses over people,nonsense....

December 9, 2008 - 1:37 pmGreat to hear Chantal won

Leslie and Aryelle Kuretzky (not verified) SAID...

Great to hear Chantal won this award. She thoroughly deserved it.

As much as I would have liked to see SBSW getting consideration, Chantal accomplished more.


December 9, 2008 - 12:43 pmCongratulations to Chantal

L Magee (not verified) SAID...

Congratulations to Chantal in winning the Lou Marsh Award as Canadian Athlete of the Year. She is has been a very dedicated and successful athlete for many years and is well-deserving of this honour.
Somebeachsomewhere was a worthy contestant and did us proud. The attention that he received on CBC's National News and in the national newspapers was wonderful for his new breeding career and for racing in general. Good press is always welcome in a time when only the negative news seems to get any media attention.

December 9, 2008 - 12:24 pmI for one am glad the award

Anonymous (not verified) SAID...

I for one am glad the award went to a person, and not an animal. JMHO.

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