“We want to encourage fair play and reward those who dedicate themselves to their sport and our sport community,” said a city official.
For the first time in two years, Orillia is set to crown the best athlete in town. Nominations for the 2021 Athlete of the Year award are now accepted until January 12.
In February, a committee of nine representatives from sports and community organizations will meet to review the nominations to determine the most worthy recipient of the award.
“They will examine all of the people and select those they feel most deserve the award based on their dedication to the sport, sportsmanship, excellence, athletic endeavor and who best meets our criteria.” », Explained Erica Veldman, Sport and Senior. Recreation Coordinator for the Town of Orillia.
“They will then choose who they think should receive the award. We’ll count all the votes and determine the winner from there. “
Veldman says it’s important for Orillia to have an Athlete of the Year to recognize those in the athletic community who work hard.
“We want to encourage good sportsmanship and reward those who dedicate themselves to their sport and to our sport community. It also encourages others to participate, ”she said.
The City of Orillia accepts nominations from anyone in the community. Application forms are available here. It is important to note that past winners cannot be nominated.
“Based on our criteria, anyone residing in the Orillia School District is welcome as a candidate, as well as anyone who stands out in their athletic field as someone who demonstrates excellence in their sport. and in the community, ”Veldman explained.
The award winner will have their name engraved on the Athlete of the Year trophy which is proudly displayed at the Orillia Recreation Center. Their name will also be added to the long listing past athlete of the year award winners.
The winner will also be recognized at a board meeting and have the chance to speak, Veldman said.
Last year, an athlete of the year was not determined due to the COVID-19 pandemic that is keeping most local athletes away from athletic competitions.
“We are really excited to be able to recognize the sport again at Orillia and welcome all of our athletes back to their sport. So we’re thrilled to have this program up and running and to be able to catch up with an award that we couldn’t celebrate last year, ”said Veldman.