This is the second publication in a series that profiles the 2015 Athlete of the Year nominees.
Dhane Smith is a professional lacrosse player with the Buffalo Bandits of the National Lacrosse League and also played on the Six Nations team. In 2015, Dhane had 39 goals and 68 assists in 18 games (107 points) with the Bandits and 58 goals and 76 assists in 29 games (134 points) for Six Nations. His highlight of the year was playing in the World Championships for Team Canada and bringing home the gold medal! He was the youngest player on the team.
Track competitor Leah Robinson, at the age of 14, was the youngest member of Team Canada at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing where she finished tenth in the 400-metre and eleventh in the 100-metre. She notched another top-10 finish at the 2012 London Paralympics. In 2015, Leah had a sixth-place finish at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Qatar and won a bronze medal in the T37 200-metre and silver in the T38 400-metre at the Para Pan Am Games in Toronto. Leah finished 2015 with an IPC World ranking of eleventh place.
Congratulations to these nominees on an outstanding 2015. We look forward to following your continued success.
The Athlete of the Year Award
The Athlete of the Year Award was launched in 1999 to recognize the tremendous accomplishments of local athletes from Kitchener, Waterloo and the Townships of Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich. Some of the previous recipients of this prestigious award include Lennox Lewis, Scott Stevens, Sarah Pavan, Andrew Poje & Kaitlyn Weaver and Kelly Vanderbeek.
Submitted by Ken Brooks