Penny Oleksiak Named Canadian Athlete Of The Year

A Well Deserved Honour For The Young Olympian

No surprise here – swimmer Penny Oleksiak is the winner of the Lou Marsh Award as Canada’s athlete of the year. The 16-year-old narrowly beat out Sidney Crosby for the honour.

Oleksiak won four medals at the Rio Olympics last summer, including gold in the 100-metre freestyle, making her Canada’s youngest ever Olympic gold medallist.

Penny tweeted her excitement about the award after her win was announced


Other finalists were Andre De Grasse, the sprinter who won silver and two bronze medals in Rio; golfer Brooke Henderson, one of the youngest winners of a LPGA championship; Paralympic swimmer Aurelie Rivard who won three gold and one silver medal in Rio; Milos Raonic, Canada’s highest ranked tennis player ever, and Olympic high jump champion Derek Drouin.