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We are currently accepting nominations for the three AASSA nominations-based awards, one for volunteerism and two athlete-based overall achievement awards (one for short track and one for long track). The descriptions are below, along with some of our past winners' names.

Nominations for the Kevin Sirois, Bruce Jones and Mike Heitman Memorial Awards will be accepted until May 15, 2020. Please include the individual's details and why you believe that individual(s) deserves the award.

This photo includes some of our 2017-2018 AASSA Award winners:  Anneke Pederson, Hee Won Son, Anna Bourgeois, Kaleb Muller, Brianne Tutt, Marika Nadal and Brendan Yamada.

Athlete awards May2018       

About the Awards:

Nominated Athlete Awards:

1) the Kevin Sirois Memorial Award (for Long Track Athletes) and

2) the Bruce Jones Memorial Award (for Short Track Athletes)

The Kevin Sirois and the Bruce Jones Memorial Awards will be presented to one long track-focussed and one short track-focussed skater who best exemplifies:

Scholastic Achievement
Athletic Achievement
Positive Attitude
Positive Self-image
Positive Role Model

3) Mike Heitman Memorial Award

This award will be presented to an AASSA volunteer who has been outstanding in his or her contributions towards the sport of speed skating in the province of Alberta, and has demonstrated long term commitment in their current or past AASSA activities.

Result-Based Athlete Awards

The following awards are result-based and no nomination form is required. Award recipients will be determined based on the results as tabulated by the AASSA office using the AASSA/SSC National Rankings lists, ISU results and other relevant meet protocols.

Alberta Skater of the Year Award – Long Track (4 in total)
Male and Female Junior, Male and Female Senior

  • To be presented to Alberta’s most successful skaters, based on results during the past season.

Alberta Skater of the Year Award – Short Track (4 in total)
Male and Female Junior, Male and Female Senior

  • To be presented to Alberta’s most successful skaters, based on results during the past season.

Award Histories

Kevin Sirois Memorial Award (currently awarded to Alberta Long Track-focussed Athletes)

Kevin Sirois was on his way to becoming one of the few Canadians to compete in both winter (speed skating) and summer (cycling) Olympics in the same year. Kevin’s speed skating performance at the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo, Japan found him placing 14th in the 10,000m and setting a Canadian record that would not be broken until 1982.

Upon returning to him home in Red Deer, Kevin started training for a spot on the Canadian Olympic cycling team for the Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. However, on May 14, 1972, at the age of 23, Kevin was tragically killed in a cycling accident near Ponoka.

During his 17 years as a competitor, Kevin set over 20 Canadian speed skating records at both junior and senior levels, in races from 500 m to 5 miles. In 1971, Kevin competed in the Pan Am cycling competitions in Call, Columbia and toured Italy with the Canadian cycling team.

Kevin was the first recipient of the Canadian Amateur Speed Skating Association’s Skater of the Year Award in 1968, and was named Red Deer’s Athlete of the Year in both 1966 and 1971. Twenty-four days before his death, Kevin received the City of Edmonton Award for his outstanding contribution to both community and sport.

Kevin Sirois dedicated through training and professionalism has become a legacy for young Albertans. Following his death in 1972, two facilities were built in his name - The Kevin Sirois Fitness Testing and Training Centre in Red Deer and The Kevin Sirois Gymnasium at Red Deer College. The Annual Kevin Sirois Classic Provincial Cycling Race was first held in 1987 by the Alberta Cycling Association in Kevin’s honor.

On a final note, Kevin was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 1993.

Bruce Jones Memorial Award (currently awarded to Alberta Short Track-focussed Athletes)

Bruce Jones was an accomplished skater and overall athlete and he was an excellent student when he passed away suddenly during a training ride. He left us too soon, and we honour his memory and his legacy of excellence through this award.

A promising talent in sprint, Bruce skated out of Edmonton and held a track record on the oval there (1000m). He studied law at the University of Alberta. On Sunday July 10th (the day of the Universiad cycling road race) Bruce went on a training ride with some of the Edmonton club skaters. The group showed up without Bruce who apparently had complained about a severe headache and had stopped at a farm for some water. His teammates retraced the route by car and found no signs of him. Later that day, Bruce's body was found on the side of the road. An autopsy later revealed that he had suffered a brain aneurism. Bruce skated with Willem Langenberg, Rob Grant and Arno Hoogveld amongst others, and is remembered with respect and fondness by all who knew him.

Bruce Douglas Andrew Jones, July 3rd, 1963 - July 10th, 1983

The memory of Bruce reminds us to live each day to the fullest, enjoying the moments and living with excellence - as Bruce did.

Nominated AASSA Award Winners

Kevin Sirois Memorial Award (Long Track)

2017-2018 Anna Bourgeois
2016-2017 Brooklyn McDougall
2015-2016 Connor Howe
2014-2015 Adeline Maunder

Bruce Jones Memorial Award (Short Track)

2017-2018 Anneke Pederson
2016-2017 Keil Hillis
2015-2016 [not awarded]
2014-2015 Sam Pollock

Mike Heitman Memorial Award (Volunteer of the Year)

2017-2018 Michelle and Jules Chabot
2016-2017 Larry Howe
2015-2016 Shawna Pearman
2014-2015 Werner Meyer

Results Based AASSA Skater Awards

Female Senior Long Track

2017-2018 Brianne Tutt
2016-2017 Kaylin Irvine
2015-2016 Kaylin Irvine
2014-2015 Jessica Gregg

Female Junior Long Track

2017-2018 Brooklyn McDougall
2016-2017 Brooklyn McDougall
2015-2016 Hee Won Son
2014-2015 Maddison Pearman

Male Senior Long Track

2017-2018 Ted-Jan Bloemen
2016-2017 Ted-Jan Bloemen
2015-2016 Ted-Jan Bloemen
2014-2015 Gilmore Junio

Male Junior Long Track

2017-2018 Kaleb Muller
2016-2017 Connor Howe
2015-2016 Dylan White
2014-2015 Alex Ruel-Garvey

Female Senior Short Track

2017-2018 Marika Nadal
2016-2017 Marika Nadal
2015-2016 Marika Nadal
2014-2015 Marika Nadal

Female Junior Short Track

2017-2018 Hee Won Son
2016-2017 Hee Won Son
2015-2016 Hee Won Son
2014-2015 Cassidy Peterson

Male Senior Short Track

2017-2018 Keil Hillis
2016-2017 Keil Hillis
2015-2016 Sasha Fathoullin
2014-2015 Keil Hillis

Male Junior Short Track

2017-2018 Brendan Yamada
2016-2017 Brendan Yamada
2015-2016 Paul Coderre
2014-2015 Sasha Fathoullin

Speed Skating Canada Award Winners

Shirley Hons

Ian Mellors

Officials Award of Excellence presented to Shirley Hons from Calgary, AB, during Speed Skating Canada’s Annual Award Reception. In the picture, she is receiving her award from Roger Cole, chair of Speed Skating Canada’s Officials Development Committee.

Coaches Awards of Excellence presented to Ian Mellors from Canmore, during Speed Skating Canada Annual Award Reception.  In the picture, he is receiving his award from Sandi Wyse, member of Speed Skating Canada’s Coaching Development Committee.

Credit: Speed Skating Canada