I don’t play myself. But if you do, or if you’re a fan of tennis you’ll likely be pleased/shocked that tennis players captured the two top individual awards for athletes in Canada in 2013.
Yesterday, Milos Raonic, who led Canada to its first ever semi-final appearance in the Davis Cup, was named the recipient of the Lionel Conacher Award as Canada’s top male athlete ahead of such luminaries as Stampeder running back Jon Cornish, golfer Graham DeLaet and figure skater Patrick Chan.
Today, Eugenie Bouchard (pictured), who rose in the rankings from #144 to #32 this year with a series of strong performances in tournaments, including a victory over #12 ranked Ana Ivonic in the second round at Wimbleton, was named the winner of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada’s top female athlete. Bouchard won the award ahead of snowboarder Dominique Maltais and speedskater Christine Nesbitt.