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Montminy to Receive Award
Canadian Sport News/Nouvelles-sport canadien


November 29, 2000


OTTAWA--Diver Anne Montminy of Pointe-Claire, Que., swimmer Philippe Gagnon of Ste-Foy, Que., and the women's synchronized swimming team were honored

Wednesday by the Aquatic Federation of Canada.

Montminy was named the female athlete of the year. The 25-year-old law graduate, won two medals at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. She earned silver on women's synchronized 10-metres with partner Emilie Heymans of Montreal and an individual bronze on 10-metre platform, a first ever medal for Canada in the event. She was Canada's only double medallist at the Games. Her performance capped a great season which included a silver at the FINA World Cup in January, three medals on the Grand Prix circuit and her eighth senior national title.

Gagnon, 20, received male athlete of the year honors. He won three gold medals- the 100 and 400 freestyle and 4X100 medley relay-all in world record time as well as a silver and bronze at the Paralympic Games last month in Sydney. He was Swimming/Natation Canada's male swimmer with a disability of the year in 1998 and 1999.

For the second straight year the Canadian women's synchronized swimming team won the team of the year award. The Canadians took the bronze in the team event at the Olympic Games with a spectacular and popular routine called Olympic Dreams. Canada has won a medal in synchro at every Olympics since the sport was added to the Games family in 1984. Team members are Erin Chan and Reidun Tatham, both of Calgary; Jessica Chase and Catherine Garceau, both of Montreal; Jacinthe Taillon of Ste-Eustache, Que.; Fanny Letourneau of Deux-Montagnes, Que.; Lyne Beaumont of Pont-Rouge, Que.; Claire Carver-Dias of Mississauga, Ont.; Kirstin Normand, Edmonton and Lesley Wright of Saskatoon.

The Aquatic Federation of Canada is the umbrella organization for Swimming/Natation Canada, Water Polo Canada, Synchro Canada and the Canadian Amateur Diving Association.

For more information: Penny Joyce, Swimming/Natation Canada, tel: (613) 260-1348 Pascale Gauthier, Canadian Amateur Diving Association, tel: (613) 736-523 Colin Timm, Synchro Canada, tel: (613) 748-5674

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