The Alberta Sport Development Centre-Central is still accepting nominations for the Red Deer Advocate Male and Female Athlete of the year for 2021, as well as the Lifetime Sport Achievement Award. (Advocate file photo)

Nominations open for Male and Female Athlete of the year and Lifetime Sport Achievement Award

Alberta Sport Development Centre- Central is still welcoming applications for the Red Deer Advocate Male and Female Athlete of the Year, as well as the Lifetime Sport Achievement Award.

The Athlete of the Year recognizes amateur athletes “able-bodied or with a disability, who have been highly successful in their sport(s) in the past calendar year. Red Deer is a leader in developing champions in all sports which aligns with Canada’s “Sport for Life” blueprint for a successful and healthy nation.”

They must be a local athlete, from Red Deer and region or representing a Red Deer team and must have one or multiple significant accomplishments of local, national or international acclaim.

There are no age restrictions and accomplishments can be individual or as a representative of a team.

In 2020, as a result of accomplishments in 2019, Kalena Soehn was the female recipient and Jeremiah Lauzon was the male winner. The award was not handed out last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nominations are due by Feb. 18 and can be submitted at www.asdccentral.ca/rdsa.html.

The Lifetime Sport Achievement Award, sponsored by the City of Red Deer, honours, “an outstanding sportsperson who has made a significant contribution towards the development and operation of amateur sport in Red Deer”.

Some of the criteria include a genuine interest in the overall growth as well as distinctly enhanced, enriched or developed amateur sports in Red Deer. They must have a minimum of five years of community service and involvement in Red Deer amateur sports.

Last year, Heather Roberts was the recipient of the Lifetime Sport Achievement Award.

Nominations are due by Feb. 29 and can be submitted to www.asdccentral.ca/rdsa.html.