Beckie Scott was one of 15 Canadians appointed Officer of the Order of Canada on Thursday. The brief citation for Scott, who lives in Canmore, Alta., reads: “For her extensive contributions to sport in Canada as a decorated athlete, fair play ambassador and champion of clean sport.”
Scott was most recently in the news for her criticism of WADA’s decision to reinstate Russia, and resigned from its compliance review committee in the wake of that decision.
Vermilion, Alta. cross-country skier and difference-maker Beckie Scott (@BeckieScott4) will be inducted into the Order of Canada. So cool. So deserved. She has been a hero of mine since…well, basically ever. pic.twitter.com/ECQhSgx66R
— Paul Moore (@PaulMooreCBC) December 27, 2018
There are three levels of the Order of Canada: Companion, which recognizes national pre-eminence or international service or achievement; Officer, which recognizes national service or achievement; and Member, which recognizes outstanding contributions at the local or regional level or in a special field of activity. This year’s recipients will be invited to receive their insignia from Governor General Julie Payette at a ceremony at Ottawa’s Rideau Hall in the new year.
Two individuals were named Companion of the Order of Canada, and 86 were named Members of the Order.
Scott is a three-time Olympian cross-country skier who won gold at the Salt Lake City games in 2002. She also won 17 World Cup medals in sprint, individual, and relay events.
Scott is 44.