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Canadian Sportscaster Scott Russell to Host Sport BC’s Athlete of the Year Awards March 5, 2013 at Fairmont Hotel


Acclaimed broadcast personality, Scott Russell, to host BC’s Athlete of the Year Awards honoring elite athletic talent for 48 years.

Vancouver, BC (October 31, 2013)—The BC Sport sector is pleased to announce Canadian sportscaster Scott Russell as host of the 48th Annual Athlete of the Year Awards, the longest standing sport recognition event in the country, honouring British Columbia’s top performing athletes, coaches and officials.

Russell is no stranger to the sport community. He has authored three books about sport, and is the voice behind the CBC online blog Field of Play. He has won multiple awards for his contributions to Canadian sport, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the CBC President’s Award in the Brand Champion category. Russell teaches Sports History at Centennial College in Toronto.

It is a great opportunity to have such an accomplished and well-known broadcaster hosting our event, this is a tremendous honor for Sport BC,” said Rob Newman, President and CEO of Sport BC. “We are extremely appreciative of Mr. Russell’s passion and commitment to sport, and we feel very lucky to have him on board.”

Russell joined the CBC team in 1985 and hasn’t looked back since. His voluminous broadcasting resume encompasses work at five Commonwealth Games, two FIFA World Cup events, eleven Olympic Games and fourteen years with CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada.

The awards night will be held at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver on March 5th, 2013. The event will begin with a formal dinner followed by the awards presentations.

About The Athlete of the Year Awards: The Athlete of the Year Awards, founded by Sport BC, is the longest-standing sport recognition event in the country. Awards in 18 different categories are given each year to athletes, coaches, and officials for their performance and contribution to sport in the province. The awards play a valuable role in nurturing athletic success and recognizing some of BC’s growing talents. For a list of previous award winners, information about the Athlete of the Year Awards, and to send in nominations, please visit Nominations will be accepted until Friday November 15th, 2013.

For more information please contact:
Karen Peacey
Office Manager, Sport BC
Phone: 604.333.3417
Fax: 604. 333.3401