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Thursday, March 23, 2000
PROFILE: Caroline Brunet
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 amateur athletics.

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 happy."

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 Bruny Surin.

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).
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