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EY’s Brittany Crew named University Athlete of The Year by Athletics Canada

Brittany Crew has won the 2016 Dr. Fred Tees Memorial Trophy -ATHLETICS CANADA

Brittany Crew has won the 2016 Dr. Fred Tees Memorial Trophy -ATHLETICS CANADA

East York raised shot put thrower Brittany Crew has been named 2016 University Athlete of The Year and awarded the Dr. Fred Tees Memorial Trophy by Athletics Canada, the official national governing body for track and field sports announced this week.

Ms. Crew, 23, who attended R.H. McGregor Elementary School and Cosburn Middle School growing up in East York, joins other elite Canadian athletes like Olympic medal winners Andre De Grasse and Brianne Theisen-Eaton as recipients of one of the 13 annual trophies that have been announced on a rolling schedule throughout the past week.

It’s the latest honour for the recently graduated York University student who, as we reported in August of last year, won the 2016 Canadian Championship for 4 kg Senior Womens Shot Put and earned a place on the team that competed at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics.  In doing so she made a throw that was just a quarter of a metre short of the all-time Canadian record set in 2011.

Brittany Crew -GARY 17

Brittany Crew -GARY 17

During her university career she had swept the national U-Sport (then Canadian Interuniversity Sports) championships last spring and had set national and provincial records while also winning recognition as a finalist for that organization’s 2015-16 athlete of the year.  She also won a bronze medal at the World University Games in South Korea in July of 2015, as we reported at the time.

All that was achieved after, as we reported in May of 2015, coming back from injuries sustained during the months leading up to the 2015 world university meet and again before the 2016 Canadian national championships and despite the fact that she is somewhat shorter and several years younger than the norm for top world-class performers in the event.

With a “spin” throwing technique that seems almost like ballet when photographed, Brittany Crew heaves winning throw in Edmonton. -Claus Anderson

With a “spin” throwing technique that seems
almost like ballet when photographed, Brittany Crew heaves winning throw in Edmonton. -CLAUS ANDERSON

In the Olympic competition, although she failed to qualify for the finals, Crew came within a quarter-metre of doing so and improved her overall ranking in the world from thirtieth to eighteenth.  It can be expected she will also compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Crew, along with the other twelve 2016 Athletics Canada award winners, will officially be recognized in Ottawa on July 5 as part of a special ceremony at the 2017 Canadian Track & Field Championships, at which she is also expected to be an entrant.

Quite possibly she will also be a contender at that meet in the weight throw and discus events, in which she also competed while in university and for which she has continued to train.

-By GARY WEBB-PROCTOR

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