The Ottawa Sport Awards announced their major award nominees Friday with Lions being nominated in the male athlete, female athlete and coach of the year categories. Coach Glenroy Gilbert is being nominated for his work with Canada’s bronze medal winning world championship men’s 4x100m relay team. Gilbert has previously won the award twice – the latest in 2013.
Up for male athlete of the year is International Paralympic Committee world championship silver medalist Jason Dunkerley. Competing in both the T11 1500m and 5000m, Dunkerley and his guide Joshua Karanja were also double medalists at the Para Pan Am Games, including gold over 5000m. Jason previously took home the award in 2004.
Melissa Bishop received her first nomination in the female athlete of the year category for her breakout 2015 season. After taking home Pan Am Games gold, Melissa broke the Canadian 800m record on her way to world championship silver.
The winners will be announced at the Ottawa Sport Awards next Wednesday, January 27 at Algonquin College.