Wednesday, February 13, 2008
PacificSport honours Island's best
Athletes focus attention, training on 2008 Summer Games in Beijing
Cleve Dheensaw, Times Colonist
Published: Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Victoria track star Gary Reed and the Elk Lake-based Canadian men's rowing eight were proud to be recognized last night for what they did last year.
But they realize that it is what they do later this year in Beijing that they will be truly judged and remembered.
The annual Hellies were presented at the Empress Ballroom during the PacificSport Gala.
Named in honour of George Heller, president and CEO of the 1994 Victoria Commonwealth Games, the awards are given by the national training centre to the top Island-based PacificSport athletes.
Reed won the Hellie as top male athlete of 2007 for his breakthrough silver medal in the 800 metres at the world track and field championships in Osaka.
Rising teen triathlete Kirsten Sweetland won the female Hellie for her two World Cup victories last year. The Canadian eight scooped the Hellie as top team for its gold medal at the 2007 world rowing championships in Munich.
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