Igali, Brunet take top amateur awards
TORONTO (CP) -- Daniel Igali won one for mom last night.
The dimunitive wrestler, who made Canadian history last year by becoming
the country's first world champion in his sport, was named the male athlete of
the year at the 27th annual Canadian Sports Awards honouring excellence in
An emotional Igali dedicated the award to his adoptive mother, Maureen, who
died of cancer shortly after his world championship victory.
"She meant so much to me," said five-foot-six Igali, a criminology student
at Simon Fraser University. "I know she is watching and that she is very
World-champion kayaker Caroline Brunet, of Lac Beauport, Que., captured the
Velma Springstead Award as the top female athlete.
Igali, who didn't return to his home in Nigeria after the 1994 Commonwealth
Games because of political unrest, captured the Norton H. Crowe Award, beating
out speed skater Jeremy Wotherspoon of Humboldt, Sask., and Montreal sprinter
Brunet was the top female athlete for the second time in three years,
winning it in 1998. Brunet, who was a finalist for the honour last year, beat
out Hamilton swimmer Joanne Malar and triathlete Lori Bowden of Victoria.
The other award winners included: Canada's women's hockey team (female team
of the year); the national four-man bobsleigh team (male team of the year);
rowers Theresa Luke and Emma Robinson (pairs team of the year); veteran speed
skater Susan Auch (athlete leadership); Sandra Levy (sporting excellence).