2000 Canadian Sport Awards
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Thomas Hall - Sprint Canoe
Nominated by the Canadian Canoeing AssociationThomas Hall joined the ranks of Canada's world champions with an impressive victory in C-1 1000m at the Junior World Canoeing Championships, a win that left him in "total shock." The native of Pointe Claire, Que., displayed exceptional poise as he covered the course, never allowing himself to be distracted from his strategy of keeping an even pace, even when he found himself in sixth place after 250 metres.
Hall's victory is Canada's best junior world result in the sport since 1979, and it makes him only the second Canadian to ever win at that event.
On the heels of his world championship victory, Hall took fifth spot in the punishing World Marathon Championships. Several weeks later, he wound up his season by winning his first Canadian championship when he paddled across the finish in the C-1 1000m race.
The scion of a paddling family, Hall began sprint racing at the age of 13. He combines abundant natural talent with hard training and a willingness to sacrifice. His honesty, integrity, and tenacity, which he displayed during a race at the 1998 Canadian championships, earned him the Canadian Canoe Association's Fair Play award in 1998, and his outstanding achievements were honoured by his high school. Unafraid of hard work and willing to even sacrifice his high school graduation dance because it was on the eve of the national team trials, Hall can expect to be a formidable presence for Canada come the 2004 Olympic Games.