Alex Gough Cashes in for Historic Season
Alex Gough was one of 17 athletes to receive $1,000 as part of WinSport Canada and the Four Points by Sheraton Calgary’s inaugural 2011-12 Athlete Grant awards.
Nearly 100 applications were received for the grant program, with WinSport Canada and Four Points by Sheraton staff selecting the winners based on achievement, athletic goals and financial need. The grants are restricted to winter sport athletes who use a WinSport Canada facility to train.
“We are happy to be partnering with an organization such as the Four Points by Sheraton to help Canadian athletes ease the burden in their quest to excel at their given sport,” said WinSport Canada president and CEO Dan O’Neill. “There were a lot of very qualified candidates for these grants and it was a very difficult decision to narrow it down to this year’s recipients.”
Gough and the 16 other athletes received their cheques on April 18 during a ceremony at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park. Other winners include:
Named winners for the inaugural WinSport and Sheraton award included:
Eric Mitchell (ski jumping) Heidi Widmer (nordic skiing) Tyler MacRae (snowboarding) Tony Naciuk (alpine skiing) Matty Herauf (ski cross) Katie Babick (speedskating)
Thomas Fiselier (freestyle skiing) Lauren McGuire (speed skating) Keaton Carlson (freestyle skiing) David Law (alpine skiing) Michele Long (bobsleigh) Jaden Bos (snowboarding) Garett Northey (freestyle skiing) Kurt Layton (snowboarding) Heather Clarke (short track speed skating) Daniel Tanner (freestyle skiing) Jack Van Lierop (ski jumping, Nordic combined)
It was a lucrative year for Gough who was also the inaugural winner of WinSport Canada’s $5,000 Sarah Burke Performance Award, which is given to any athlete who reaches the podium at a World Cup hosted on WinSport Canada’s facilities. Gough became the first winner after making history by becoming the first Canadian luge athlete ever to win on home ice when she finished on top of the podium in Calgary in December.
“It’s a great award to have and a great way to commemorate someone who did a lot for sport in Canada,” said Gough of the award named in honour of Canadian freestyle skier, Sarah Burke, who tragically passed away during a competition this winter. “It feels great (to win the award). I think it affected everyone in the sport community when she passed away. I think it’s a great way to commemorate her memory and what she did for sport and women in sport.”
Finishing fifth overall on the World Cup in 2012, Gough captured the second victory of her career to go along with two bronze medals this season.