Erin Tribe: A recent graduate of St Joseph High School and a member of Team Hardwood, Erin Tribe is a talented athlete in cross country skiing. Tribe was a strong member of the Ontario Nordic Team for the last four years. During the 2006/2007 season she competed in all four regions of the province in pursuit of the Ontario Cup series points. She ended the season as #1 in Ontario Cup Series Points for her age category. Tribe move up one age category, in 2007, and was Ranked #4 in the province. She qualified for the World Junior Trials in Duntroon and placed 15th Nationally. This earned her the right to travel to Callahan Valley in B.C. for the Nationals. She trains and competes for the Team Hardwood Racing Team under the coaching of Jack Sasselville and has been awarded Top Female ranking for Midget, Juvenile and Junior age groups in Southern Ontario. She was elected by her peers to represent skiers on the Cross Country Ontario High Performance Committee. This committee is the governing body for the sport and regulates and sets guidelines for all sanctioned events across the province. This was a great honour that signal her growth and respect within the sport.
Other nominees for the 2007 Athlete of the Year were:
Russell Ward: In 2007, Russell Ward co-captained Barrie Centrals Rugby team to Gold at OFSSA and was one of two players ever to be named to the stating lineup of the University of Victoria’s Vikings in their first year. 2007 became a very successful season for Russell. He was the youngest player named to Canada’s Senior Men’s National Team and was selected and played for Canada at the U19 World Campionships, the North American 4 Tournament in San Diego, Canada vs Portugal in Toronto, the U20 Freedom Cup in Florida, and the U20 World Championships in Wales.
Tressa Young: A Grade 8 student at Emma King School. She is a member of the RMA Karate Centre and is a Junior Black Belt in the Genki-do Kempo karate system. In 2007 Tressa earned the Professional Martial Arts Alliance’s coveted Triple Crown for her competition accomplishments ranking #1 in Traditional Weapons, Traditional Kata and Sparring. At the Ontario Open she was 1st place in Traditional Weapons, 2nd place Traditional Forms and 2nd place in Sparring. At the Quest for Champions she was 1st in Traditional Weapons, 2nd in Traditional Forms and 2nd in Musical Weapons. She also placed 1st in Kata,1st in Traditional Weapons and 4th in Musical Weapons at the Canadian Diamond Challenge.