Karla Del Grande, W65 and Earl Fee, M90, both of Toronto, have been named NCCMA overall Athletes of the Year. NCMMA, which stands for North American, Central American and Caribbean Masters Athletics (like NACAC, only for masters athletes), is the branch of World Masters Athletics that supports the development of masters athletics in those regions and to sponsor meets between athletes and countries in the region. A number of other Canadians were named in specific categories.
Del Grande, who holds five outdoor age group world records over distances ranging from 100m to 400m, was also named in the sprint category.
Olympian Paul Osland, M55, was named in the middle distance category. Liz Schad, W60, and Jerry Kooymans, M60, were named in the long distance category, and Kris Kozell, W65, was named in the race walk category.
Fee, who has a few years on Del Grande, has held no fewer than 60 age group world records. His last one, in the M90-94 400 metres, was set in the heat of July at the NCCWMA meet in Toronto.
Toronto will host the World Masters Athletics Championships from July 20 to August 1, 2020.