Amanda Brewer: An exceptional athlete with Barrie Central Collegiate and the South Simcoe Dufferin Track and Field Club. As a student a Barrie Central she was named as the Track teams’ female MVP in both 2000 and 2001. Amanda was selected as the Athlete of the Year in the last two years with the South Simcoe Dufferin Track & Field Club. At the OFSAA Championship, one of the largest meets in North America, in May, 2001 she finished 3rd in the 300 m Hurdles. Although she was disappointed with her time, it was just the beginning of a great track season. Representing her club at the Legion Provincial Championships in Belleville she won in the 400 m Hurdles and was selected as a member of Team Ontario. Next came Calgary and the Junior Nationals where Amanda competed in the 19 and under class against girls who were much older. Here she had a personal best time in the 400 m hurdles and finished 3rd. In doing so she qualified to compete in the Pan American Jr. Games to be held in Argentina. From Calgary Amanda capped her wonderful season by competing in the Legion Nationals in Quebec City. With a season’s best time Amanda won the 400 m Hurdles and finished 4th in the 400 m race. The Ontario coaches put Amanda on the 4×400 relay team that won a gold. Team Ontario went on to win the Canadian Championship. Amanda was able to accomplish this in spite of beginning her track season with the news that her younger brother had been diagnosed with leukemia. “Sometimes it is hard to believe, but no-one is ever given more than they can handle,” Amanda said at the end of a very successful year for her in track.
Other nominees for the 2001 Athlete of the Year were:
Tyler Myles: Along with his partner won the Junior Canadian Ice Dancing Championship in 2001. In 1999, Tyler began skating with Tara Doherty. They achieved outstanding results together in a very short time. In 2000, this pair finished third in the Eastern Divisionals and fourth in the Canadian Championship. Tyler and Tara were very successful in other competitions in 2001. They were the Junior Sectional Champions and placed first in the Octoberfest Junior Dance and first in the Thornhill Junior Dance competition. Internationally they were ninth at the Nebelhorn Trophy Competition in Kiev. At the World Junior Championships in Bulgaria they finished in sixteenth place.