Tanya Rouse – 1993 – Athlete of the Year

Tanya Rouse was a track and field standout who also branched out into another competitive sport, the grueling triathlon. The 19-year-old Innisdale Secondary School graduate had an outstanding year in 1993, earning a gold medal at the Ontario. Federation of Schools Athletic Association high school track and field championships, and later, a spot on the Canadian junior triathlon team which competed at the world junior championships in Manchester, England. On the track, Rouse won the Ontario high school title in the senior girls’ 3,000-metres and earned a fifth-place finish in the 1,500- metres. She had won the 3,000 and placed second in the 1,500 at both the Georgian Bay and the Central Divisional high school champi­onships, meets which lead up to the Ontario competitions. As a yardstick to measure her accomplishments at the OFSAA meet, the Ontario high school championship ranked among the top three state and provincial championships in North America. Rouse also competed in cross-country during the fall, when she moved on to York University to study for a degree in physical educa­tion. She was sixth at the Western University invitational which included runners from U.S. schools, and placed in the top five at three other invitational meets. She had an off day at the Ontario university championships and placed 13th. She attended a Canadian university by choice. Rouse was contact­ed by as many as 60 U.S. schools interested in offering her a scholar­ship in track and field. In the triathlon, Rouse competed at the so-called Olympic dis­tance, usually a 1.5 km swim, 40 km bicycle course and 10km run. She placed third at the Ontario championships and was fourth at the Canadian championships. That finish earned her a berth with the national junior team, and a trip to England. At the world junior championships, Rouse placed 33rd.

Other Nominees for the 1993 Athlete of the year were:

Jonathon Chenier: A top middle distance and cross country runner. At a track and field competition in Toronto he captured 3 gold medals. He was the 1993 OFSSA Midget cross country winner. (Chenier was the winner of the 1994 Athlete of the year. Refer to that page for more up to date information)

Steven Kavanagh: An international calibre figure skating ice dancer. He and his partner were members of the Canadian national team and competed in two international competitions. At the Canadian championship they finished fifth in the senior dance. (Kavanagh was the winner of the 1996 Athlete of the year Award. Refer to that page for more up to date information.)

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