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- 27. November 2008.

Heymans named Diving Canada’s athlete of the year

Émilie Heymans


Female athlete of the year

Émilie Heymans
, 26, St-Lambert, Que., collected her third career Olympic medal finishing second on women’s 10-metre tower.  The Pointe-Claire Diving Club member also collected two medals on tower on the FINA Grand Prix circuit as well as in the FINA World Series.  She also earned six more international medals with her 10-metre synchro partner Marie-Ève Marleau including the overall title on the World Series and silver at the World Cup.

‘’With a medal at each of her three Olympic appearances Émilie has established herself as one of Canada’s greatest female divers on tower,’’ said Geller.  ‘’Her brilliant performance in Beijing showed a strength of character that continues to inspire many Canadians.’’

Coach of the year
Heyman’s coach at Pointe-Claire, Yihua Li was named Diving Canada’s coach of the year.  She also coached Olympic team members Arturo Miranda and Reuben Ross.  Both Li and Heymans received the same awards this year from the Aquatic Federation of Canada.

Junior coaches of the years

At the junior level, Lisa Boog of Victoria’s Boardworks Club and Ioana Marinescu of Forest City Diving in London, Ont., were co-recipients of the coach of the year award.

The award doesn’t only recognize the great performances by their divers but also their leadership, technical development and significant contribution to Diving Canada’s activities and initiatives.

John Dickinson Award

Heather Turner of North Vancouver received the John Dickinson Award for her significant contribution to diving.  ‘’Her relentless efforts and her contribution to the sport in Saskatchewan, B.C., and at the national level has made Heather Turner an indispensable resource for our sport,’’ said Penny Joyce, Diving Canada’s Chief Operating Officer.

In 2008, Heather Turner was B.C., Diving’s president, Team Canada’s manager at the FINA world junior championships and Diving Canada’s officials committee chair.

President’s Awards
The President’s Awards were given to Pierrette Wong president of Montreal’s Chinese Community and Cultural Centre and Diving Canada past board member Benoit Séguin .

Ms Wong, a well-known businesswoman in Montreal, played an important role in promoting and organizing the 2008 Maple Leaf Simply Fresh Canada Cup.

Séguin has been involved with Diving Canada for 13 years including eight as a member of the board of the directors. He was the board’s president from 2004-2006.  A junior national team athlete from 1978-1981 and a senior team member from 1981-84, he was also on the Aquatic Federation of Canada’s board of directors.

About Diving Plongeon Canada
Diving Plongeon Canada (DPC) was established in 1967 as a not-for-profit organization to promote the growth and awareness of the sport in this country. As a member of FINA, the world’s governing body of aquatic sports, DPC contributes to the development of globally accepted standards of excellence in diving and supports the rules and regulations of international competition. Representing nine provincial diving associations, 67 local diving clubs and close to 4,000 high performance athletes, DPC shares a national commitment to advance the art and sport of diving and to position Canada as the number one diving nation of the world.  For information, visit www.diving.ca.

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