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His Worship Mayor Naheed Nenshi spoke, commending Sport Calgary for another great event, and thanking those in attendance for “supporting sport in this city. We can’t do it alone.” The Mayor added, “We’ll never be as successful as we are when we come together for sport.”

Olympic medalist and current overall World Cup 2-man bobsleigh champion Lyndon Rush was the keynote speaker, and shared a moving account of crashing his bobsleigh during the Olympics, and how that experience taught him a powerful lesson in finding joy through adversity.

The Sport Leadership and Excellence Award was given to the Calgary Track Council, whose tireless commitment to representing the interests of Calgary track and field groups has allowed those groups to flourish. Christine Laverty, President of the Calgary Track Council, accepted the award and reminded everyone of the important role volunteers play in the the sport community in Calgary. “Without volunteers in the sport community,” Laverty said, “the health of our children would be in jeopardy.”

The 2013 winner of the Business and Sport Excellence Award was Shane Homes, who have demonstrated a tremendous amount of support for the Calgary Minor Soccer Association, among many other charitable organizations, from purchasing uniforms for 17,000 players, to supporting an initiative for online coach training. Shane Wenzel, President of Shane Homes, accepted the award and used the occasion to talk about corporate giving. “To be acknowledged for your support of the community is near and dear to my heart,” said Wenzel. “I would hopefully encourage more of you to reinvest back into the community, and back into minor sport.”

During the event, The Calgary Sport Tourism Authority presented Byron Stephen with the Event Champion of the Year Award for his decades-long commitment to the Mac’s AAA Midget Hockey Tournament. Byron Stephen has been involved in some capacity with that prestigious annual event for almost its entire 35-year history. Though he was unavailable to accept the award, Doug Mitchell Chair of the Calgary Sport Tourism Authority, praised Byron as an “unsung hero” of sport in Calgary, and spoke about how his “long-term commitment has provided stability and longevity” to the Mac’s AAA Tournament.

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