2000 Canadian Sport Awards
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Susan Auch - Speed Skating
Nominated by the Canadian Amateur Speed Skating Association and Athletes CANThroughout her 11 years as a member of Canada's speed skating team, Susan Auch of Calgary has demonstrated leadership on and off the ice. One of the world's best long-track speed skaters, Auch has a determination and devotion to her sport that have long inspired her peers.
Consistently world ranked and ranked fourth on the World All-Time Top-25 list by the International Skating Union, Auch won silver medals in 500m at the 1994 and 1998 Olympic Games. Both races were feats of athletic excellence. In 1994, Auch and the great American skater Bonnie Blair finished one-two in what was called "the greatest race in speed skating history." Four years later, she paired with her teammate, Catriona LeMay Doan, and skated the race of her life for the silver medal.
Auch is committed to improving the Canadian sport system, and her volunteer work demonstrates the depth of her leadership. She is a member of the Canadian Olympic Association's Team Selection Committee and the Sport Committee of the Canada Games Council and sits on the board of the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity.
Involved with Athletes CAN since its inception, Auch was a member of its first board and remains a valued and effective supporter, working hard to ensure a fair, responsive, and supportive sport system for all Canadian athletes. She is a founding member and honorary board member of OATH (Olympic Advocates Together Honorably), reflecting her commitment to promoting the ethical guardianship and effective management of the Olympic movement.
Auch is a spokesperson for the Fight for Life program of the Canadian Lung Association, serving as an inspiration for fellow asthmatics. She has taken on a similar role with the YMCA Partners with Youth program and has established a trust fund for youth skaters in her hometown of Winnipeg.
Susan Auch's determination to give back to the system that nurtured her sets an important precedent for other Canadian athletes and for the youth of Canada.