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Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame -Five days left to vote! Public poll closes on October 11, 2019-
 
New in 2019, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame People’s Choice Poll was initiated on September 20, 2019 to encourage the public to follow current sports champions who are champions of their sport and champions for their community.
 
Whereas Induction into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame requires that an athlete be retired from competition, the People’s Choice Award includes only athletes who are currently competitive. One individual is elected annually as a potential future Hall of Famer for both his or her sports accomplishment and in recognition of recent and relevant engagement in his or her community.
 
“We feel it is our responsibility to recognize the whole of these champions – not just the ‘great’ in sport, but the ‘good’ they do for Canada. The People’s Choice Poll promotes and encourages the public to vote (and follow) these top 16 trending athletes who are using their current sports career successes for good. They are raising awareness, focusing on causes and advocating for their sport,” said Cheryl Bernard, President and CEO of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.
 
Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame encourages the public to vote for the strongest voice for Sport + Spirit at PeoplesChoice.Sportshall.ca. The People’s Choice Champion will be announced and will receive the award on October 23, 2019 at the 64th Induction Festival. Each voter will also be entered for a chance to win a trip to Toronto for the 64th Annual Induction Festival and presentation of the People’s Choice Award.
 
The 2019 People’s Choice nominees are:
 
Emily Batty
Chris Boucher
Graham DeLaet
Marie-Michèle Gagnon
Andre De Grasse
Brooke Henderson
Makana Henry
Rebecca Johnston
Jennifer Jones
Mikaël Kingsbury
Stephanie Labbé
Connor McDavid
Mark McMorris
Kia Nurse
Penny Oleksiak
Ryan Straschnitzki
 
Each of these athletes met the following three criteria:
 
  1. Were placed on a long list as per Twitter analyst review of sports/athlete accounts which are active and on a positive trajectory.
  2. Have a relative opportunity to be successful based on their Twitter/Instagram footprint considering both their sport and team affiliations.
  3. Research demonstrates a 2019 community interaction/affiliation.
 
From the list of qualified candidates, only one athlete per sport was selected unless it was a gender restricted sport, in which case there are two. 
 
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About Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame: Canada’s Sport + Spirit ChampionsTM 
Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, located at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, is an international award-winning facility with over 40,000 square feet of inspiring experiences featuring 12 galleries, dozens of hands-on interactive exhibits and a collection of 100,000 artefacts. Each year, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame selects the country’s most influential and inspiring athletes and sport “builders” to receive the highest sporting honour in Canada. Our mission is to build Canada through sport and to give all Canadians a way to embrace the country’s physically competitive spirit as their own. Visit www.sportshall.ca to learn more about our 2019 Induction Festival, education programs, and facility rentals. 
 
MEDIA CONTACT
 
Marnie Krell
Director, Communications
Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame
P: 403.776.1086 | mkrell@cshof.ca