Syl Apps Athlete of the Year Award

Damian Warner – 2021 Syl Apps Award

Damian David George Warner (born November 4, 1989) is a Canadian track and field athlete specializing in decathlon. He is the 2020 Olympic champion and a three-time World medalist (silver in 2015, bronze in 2013 and 2019).

Bianca Andreescu – 2020 Syl Apps Award

Bianca Andreescu’s astronomical rise up the ranks of tennis began with her first WTA tournament victory at the 2019 Indian Wells Masters. Despite entering the year having not played a WTA match in over 14 months, Andreescu had a breakthrough season that took her from well outside the top 100

Virtue and Moir – Syl Apps Award 2019

Partners for two decades, Virtue, from London, Ont., and Moir, from Ilderton, Ont., had been melting hearts since they claimed gold at the 2010 Vancouver Games. They both decided to step away from the sport for two seasons after their silver in Sochi. They returned with a single-minded focus on

Joey Votto – Syl Apps Award 2018

For the Toronto native, Votto’s greatness, though, is a thing appreciated more by baseball observers than by casual fans. This is in part because he’s not a wall-banging masher at the plate and in part because he plays in Cincinnati, a small market, for a Reds team that has recently

Penny Oleksiak – Syl Apps Award 2017

Born on June 13, 2000, in Toronto, Ontario, swimmer Penny Oleksiak is Canada’s youngest Olympic gold medallist ever. At just 16 years of age she also holds the Canadian record for winning the most Olympic medals at a single summer Games.

Brad Sinopoli – Syl Apps Award 2016

Brad Sinopoli, wide receiver for the Ottawa Redblacks in the Canadian Football League, was born on April 14th, 1988 in Peterborough, Ontario. Brad grew up playing football and hockey at the highest level, an early sign of his elite athleticism. Along with being touted as one of the best collegiate

Brooke Henderson – Syl Apps Award 2015

In 2014, at the age of 17, Brooke Henderson of Smith Falls was already on top of the world as the number one ranked amateur woman in the world. An impressive year with two top 10 finishes. One at the LPGA US Open and another on the Canadian Woman’s Tour.

Milos Raonic – Syl Apps Award 2014

Milos Raonic ended his competitive tennis journey in 2016 at a career-high No. 3 after earning personal-best 52 wins and reaching Nitto ATP Finals SF (l. to No. 1 Murray after holding 1 MP).

Milos Raonic – Syl Apps Award 2013

In 2013, Thornhill's son Milos Raonic rode his rocket serve to become the ATP's 10th ranked men's singles player. No Canadian man ever ranked higher. Raonic ranked 11th at season's end.

Rosie MacLennan – Syl Apps Award 2012

Rosie MacLennan trains at Skyrider's Trampoline Place in Richmond Hill, Ontario with coach, David Ross. She has competed internationally at various levels since 1999. In 2006 she paired with her training partner, the double Olympian Karen Cockburn, in synchronized trampoline and since then the pair have dominated the event internationally