Calgary Booster Club Announces Calgary Athletes of the Year

The Calgary Booster Club today announced Calgary’s 2003 Athletes of the Year as determined by the city’s sports media and based on performance during the 2002 calendar year. Both athletes named (Male and Female categories) were repeat winners – both enjoyed “career” Years.

Female (Henry Viney Trophy) – CATRIONA LEMAY DOAN

Male (Scott-Mamini Memorial Award) – JAROME IGINLA

Catriona won her fifth “Viney Award” for an incredible 2002 season during which she captured the World, Olympic and World Cup titles in the 500m discipline. She broke the World Record in the 500m with a time of 37.22 at the World Cup event in Calgary and dominated the distance over two seasons with a 20 race victory string.

2002 ACHIEVEMENTS

- GOLD – 2002 Winter Olympic Games 500m, Salt Lake City

- OLYMPIC RECORD – 2002 Winter Olympic Games – 37.30

- WORLD CHAMPION – 2002 World Sprint Championships

- 2002 – Lou Marsh Award – Canadian Athlete of the Year

- 2002 – Canadian Female Athlete of the Year

- 2002 – Henry Viney Award – Calgary Female Athlete of the Year

- WORLD RECORD – 2002 World Cup 500m (37.22) Calgary

- FIRST OVERALL – 2002 World Cup Standings 500m

- Gold – 500m and 1000m – Inzell, Germany (World Cup)

- Gold – 500m Heerenveen, Holland (World Cup)

- Gold – 500m Silver - 1000m Calgary (World Cup)

- Gold – 500m Salt Lake City (World Cup)

Catriona said of winning her 5th Viney. “I’m very honored to be recognized for the Henry Viney Trophy. I have been very blessed by such a wonderful season and I would like to thank everyone for all the support they have given me. Calgary is such a great sporting city and I would really like to thank the Booster Club for all the work and support they give to sport here in Calgary.”

“Cat” the 32 year old speedskating star began her skating career 24 years ago with the Saskatoon Lions Club. In addition to being a world renowned athlete she is an engaging motivational speaker. She and husband Bart share an interest in golf and horses.

The Calgary Booster Club congratulates Female Athlete of the Year Catriona LeMay Doan for a tremendous year of accomplishments.

The Male Athlete of the Year, Jarome Iginla had a remarkable 2001-2002 NHL season during which he led the league in points and goal scoring. As well he shone in Canada’s gold medal hockey performance at the Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.

ACHIEVEMENTS

- Won the Art Ross Trophy as NHL’s leading point scorer – 96

- Won the Maurice (Rocket) Richard Trophy as NHL’s leading goal scorer – 52

- Won the Lester B Pearson Award as NHLPA’s MVP
Won a Gold Medal as a member of Canada’s Men’s Hockey Team at Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City scoring 2 goals and 1 assist in the final game.

- Won the Scurfield Humanitarian Award for the second time

- Won the Scott-Mamini Memorial Award as Calgary’s Male Athlete of the Year

The 26 year who grew up in St. Albert came to the Flames in 1995 making his first appearance in a Flames jersey during the 1995-96 playoffs. He led all NHL rookies in points (50) during his first full season 1996-97.The big right winger is active in a number of charitable and community efforts notably Kidsport Calgary and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

The Calgary Booster Club is proud to name Jarome Iginla the Scott-Mamini Memorial Award recipient for the second year in a row as the city’s Male Athlete of the Year.

Catriona and Jarome will receive their awards during the Booster Club’s 50th Sportsman of the Year Dinner and Gala Saturday March 15 at the Hyatt Regency. For tickets and information contact Pam Scrobogna 270-7766.

Calgary’s media have chosen the Athlete of the Year since 1958. In 1987 the award was split into Male and Female categories and since 1990 the Calgary Booster Club has coordinated the Athletes of the Year program.

The Calgary Booster Club has funded and promoted sport in the city since 1952-53 and remains dedicated to the development and encouragement of athletic endeavor.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT

Jack MacDonald
Honorary Life Director
Coordinator, Athlete of the Year Awards
242-1988
jalimawi@shaw.ca