Fri Dec 26, 3:04 PM
By The Canadian Press
TORONTO – Chantal Petitclerc is the first Paralympian to be voted The Canadian Press female athlete of the year since the award was created in 1933.
The Montreal wheelchair racer finished first in a survey of sports editors and broadcasters across the country to capture the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award.
The 39-year-old Petitclerc won five gold medals at the Paralympic Games last summer in Beijing.
Petitclerc, who also set three world records, received 220 points to finish well ahead of Carol Huynh (win), who won a gold medal in wrestling at the Beijing
Hockey player Hayley Wickenheiser captured the award last year.
The female award is named for Bobbie Rosenfeld, voted Canada’s female athlete of the first half-century in 1950.
The male athlete of the year will be announced Sunday and the team of the year will be named Monday.