Brennan, Coolsaet score in athletics

Christian Brennan

Waterdown’s Christian Brennan is the recipient of both the Phil A. Edwards Memorial Trophy for the outstanding athlete of the year in track events and the Myrtle Cook Trophy for the outstanding youth athlete of the year.

Athletics Canada also announced that four-time 2011 Canadian Champion Reid Coolsaet of Hamilton is the winner of the Fred Begley Memorial Trophy for outstanding athlete of the year in off-track events.

Brennan represented Canada in fine fashion on two occasions this season; at the World Youth Championships and Pan American Games. Her breakout season was highlighted by two Canadian youth records, two silvers at the World Youth Championships in the 200-metres and 400-metres and she was also a member of the medley relay team which set a Canadian youth record and won bronze.

She won bronze at the Canadian Track and Field Championships in the 400-metres and double gold at the Royal Canadian Legion Youth Championships.

Coolsaet, in addition to being crowned Canadian champion in the 5000-metres and 10,000-metres at the Canadian Track and Field Championships, finished first at both the 10km road race and half-marathon Canadian Championships. Reid also ran a personal best and Olympic A standard time of 2:10:55 at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon.

Dylan Armstrong of Kamloops, B.C., was chosen as overall athlete of the year, as most outstanding athlete in field events, and, as winner of the outstanding performance of the year. The winners are chosen by Athletics Canada’s Awards Committee from the nominee pool put forward by the athletics community. The award recipients will be honoured at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Trials in Calgary, Alta., which take place June 27-30.