The annual Athletics Canada award nominees were released a few days ago (winners are announced Dec 21st). When I saw this, I opened the page hoping to see my name under the Fred Begley trophy (off-track award), but as I scrolled down I first saw my name under the Jack W. Davies trophy (overall athlete). I had to take a double-look to believe it, as it never even crossed my mind that I would have been up for such an award. I’m 100 per cent sure that I won’t win the overall award (Dylan Armstrong is ranked 1st in the world), but just to be nominated is an honour in and of itself. Christian Brennan, the teenage sprint phenom, is also nominated which is cool because that’s two athletes from Hamilton. I’m up against two race walkers for the Fred Begley Trophy. Speed River is also represented by Kyle Boorsma for the University athlete award and Dave Scott-Thomas for coach of the year. There is a typo though, it says three-time Canadian Champion for the year even though I won four. However, it’s not like that’s a deal breaker.
It’s December 19th and there is still no snow accumulation in Hamilton/Guelph. This has been great for running in the trails although it would be nice to see some snow for Christmas. I could deal with a week of the white stuff before 6 weeks of the red stuff (when I head off to Kenya)…[vimeo http://vimeo.com/32739836]