The Foundation for Global Sports Development (GSD) announced it’s winners of their 2018 Athletes in Excellence Award. Among the ten recipients is Lion Jason Dunkerley who was recognized for his commitment to sport in our community.
In addition to his running exploits, Dunkerley has recently transitioned into a coaching role, mentoring a new generation of runners with the Ottawa Lions. As well, the Paralympic medalist is the President of Achilles Ottawa, a support community for runners who have visual impairments, and sits on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Blind Sports Association.
The Athletes in Excellence Award was introduced in 2014 to acknowledge the remarkable community service work demonstrated by athletes across the world. The award recognizes those athletes who have taken their talents beyond the field or court and into communities of need.
“Sport is about so much more than winning or competition,” said GSD Executive Board Member, Dr. Steven Ungerleider. “This award highlights the sense of partnership and community found in sport and recognizes athletes who embody those values.”
GSD Executive Board member, David Ulich, added, “These Athletes in Excellence Award winners were nominated by their peers and colleagues for their efforts in making a difference in the lives of people all around the globe. They are using sport as a catalyst for positive change.”
With this distinction comes an unrestricted award of $10,000, which the athletes may use to further pursue their volunteer, service, and mentorship goals.