(February 6, 2009) – Earlier this week, the True Sport Foundation announced the finalists for the 36th Canadian Sport Awards, the ultimate recognition event for excellence in Canadian sport. Figure skating stars, Jeffrey Buttle, 26 of Smooth Rock Falls, Ont., and Tessa Virtue, 19 of London, Ont. and Scott Moir, 21 of Ilderton, Ont., were all nominated.

The annual awards program promotes sporting excellence across Canada and reminds Canadians how sport lifts the human spirit. It is a tribute to the hard work, dedication, and the victories of our country’s finest athletes.

Buttle is nominated in the Male Athlete of the Year category. He is up against equestrian gold medalist Eric Lamaze and Olympic canoeing medalist Adam Van Koeverden.

Virtue and Moir are finalists in the Partners of the Year category. The Olympic gold men’s eight rowing team (Wetzel/Light/Rutledge/Seiterle/Howard/Kreek/Hamilton/Price/Byrnes) and Olympic silver rowing pair of Dave Calder and Scott Frandsen are also finalists in the partner category.

The ceremony and announcement of recipients of each award will take place on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at Ottawa’s National Gallery of Canada.

Nomination Eligibility
Any Canadian citizen can nominate an individual, team or corporation for the Canadian Sport Awards. Individuals and corporations can also self-nominate. Eligible entries are for performances or contributions from January 1, 2008 through to December 31, 2008.

For complete nomination rules and guidelines, and more information about the Canadian Sport Awards, please visit www.canadiansportawards.ca.

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