To the surprise of nobody, Penny Oleksiak has won the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award for 2016, given annually by the Canadian Press to Canada’s female athlete of the year.
So amazing, thank you to everyone that has supported me🙏🏻🙏🏻 https://t.co/ybyIYIV2gy
— Penny Oleksiak (@OleksiakPenny) December 28, 2016
The winner of four medals (one gold, one silver, two bronze) at this summer’s Olympics – the first Canadian to win four medals at a single Summer Games – Oleksiak garnered 94% of the vote.
The 16-year-old swimming sensation from Toronto already won the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada’s athlete of the year earlier this month, becoming the youngest winner in the history of the award. It’s interesting to note that Oleksiak isn’t the youngest winner of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award. That distinction goes to figure skater Tracey Wainman, who won in 1981 at the age of 13.
Oleksiak has a bright future ahead of her, so this could be the first of many awards heading her way.
Recent winners of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award:
|2005||Cindy Klassen||Speed skating|
|2006||Cindy Klassen||Speed skating|
|2007||Hayley Wickenheiser||Ice hockey|
|2008||Chantal Petitclerc||Wheelchair racing|
|2010||Joannie Rochette||Figure skating|
|2011||Jennifer Heil||Freestyle skiing|