Jennifer Handley a student at Barrie Central Collegiate, who stars with the South Simcoe Dufferin Track and Field Club, recently returned from the world cross-country championships in South Africa. Handley already has four Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association medals, including a pair of gold’s she won at the provincial high school track and field championships last June in Kingston, when she won the midget girls 1,500 metre and 3,000 metre races. She also has a gold she won in the OFSAA junior girls cross country last fall, to go along with the silver, cross country medal she won as a midget. Handley also won gold in the 1,500 and 3,000 at the Canadian Legion Track and Field championships in the 15 and under division back in August.
Other nominees for the 1995 Athlete of the Year were:
Heather Metzger of Barrie 1995 a triathlete/duathlete/runner had a tremendous year. Metzger, 32 and a married mother of one child, is a member of both the National Triathlon and duathlon teams despite having competed in these events for only two years. Her results in 1995 include placing fifth in her age division at the World Duathlon championships. She was the top Canadian finisher. Metzger won a national team qualifying race in Guelph, and was third in her age group at the Canadian championships. In the triathlon, she also won her age group at the Ontario championships. Metzger is an accomplished skier, and placed 7th in the world technical skiing championships in B.C. in 1994. She also earned a berth at the 1996 championships. She is a member of the Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance Demonstration Team, and has the highest available (levels Ill and IV) coaching certifications from the CSIA and the National Coaching Certification Program.
Steven Kavanagh: An international calibre figure skating ice dancer. He and his partner, Janet Emerson, first earned a place with the Canadian Figure Skating Association national senior team in 1993. He’d been a member of the Canadian junior national team the four previous years. The 25-year-old, who has called Barrie his home since his family moved here when he was 12, spent his formative years with the Barrie and Mariposa figure skating clubs. In 1995, Kavanagh and Emerson won bronze at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships Competing in international competitions the placed ninth in Skate America and finished tenth in the 1995 Trophée de France. Kavanagh also holds a National Coaching Certification Program Level I certification, and volunteers at skating clubs in Chinguacousy, Cobourg and Pickering by acting as a partner and coach for young skaters. (Kavanagh was the winner of the 1996 Athlete of the year Award. Refer to that page for more up to date information.)