Finalists for the 2015 Golden Horseshoe Athlete of the Year

Since 1995, The Golden Horseshoe Athlete of the Year Award has recognized the Burlington and Greater Hamilton Area’s top athlete.

A committee of ten people narrow the list of nominations down to three finalists. After another vote the winner is decided.
The recipient of this prestigious award will be announced and presented to at the 31st Annual Catholic Youth Organization (C.Y.O.) Children’s Fundraiser Dinner on Thursday February 25, 2016, at the Hamilton Convention Centre.

Please refer to the link for more information on past recipients of the Golden Horseshoe Athlete of The Year Award.

2015 Golden Horseshoe Athlete of the Year

1. Cindy Nelles – Women’s Rugby
2. Darnell Nurse – Men’s Hockey
3. Kia Nurse – Women’s Basketball
4. Mark Oldershaw – Men’s Canoe
5. Kevin Lytwyn – Men’s Gymnastics
6. Alena Sharp – Women’s Golf
7. Chris Garneau – Men’s Wrestling
8. Danielle Boiago – Women’s Basketball
9. Asher Hastings – Football
10. Daryl Waud – Football
11. Sarah Nurse –Women’s Hockey Team
12. Josh Jooris – Men’s Hockey
13. Melissa Tancredi – Women’s Soccer
14. Ben Chiarot – Men’s Hockey
15. Michael Ciccarelli – Slopestyle Snowboarding
16. James Pfeiffer –Karate/Kickboxing
17. Lauren McKay – Alpine Snowboard Racing
18. Dawson MacDonald – Cycling
19. Eleanor Harvey – Fencing
20. Matteo Manzella – Hockey and Soccer
21. Hayden Davis – Hockey
22. Madison Gay – Figure Skating and Rhythmic Gymnastics with Special Olympics

2015 Golden Horseshoe Athlete of the Year
  • Cindy Nelles – Women’s Rugby
    – Member of McMaster Women’s Rugby Team
    – Led McMaster to second straight OUA Championship
    – Helped McMaster win its first CIS Women’s Rugby
    – 2015 OUA Women’s Rugby Player of the Year
    – 2015 CIS Women’s Rugby Player of the Year
    – First McMaster female to be so named in a CIS team sport
    – 2015 CIS All-Canadian
    – 2015 CIS Championship Most Valuable Player
    – Became Captain of Canada’s Maple Leafs vs England Academy
  • Darnell Nurse – Hockey
    – Member of the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey
    – Member, 2015 Canadian World Junior Championship Gold
    – Most Valuable Player of the Gold Medal Game at World Junior
    Hockey Championship
    – Named one of Canada’s top three players at World
    – Captained Soo Greyhounds in OHL who captured Western
    Conference Regular Season Title
  • Kia Nurse – Basketball
    – Member, 2015 University of Connecticut NCAA national
    women’s basketball champions
    – Led Canadian Women’s team to Pan Am Games Gold Medal
    – Was MVP of the championship game scoring 33 pts vs U.S.
    – Led Canada to Gold Medal in the FIBA Americas Championship
    – Named tournament MVP in FIBA Americas Championship
    – Helped Canada qualify for 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de
    – Finalist for the Lou Marsh Trophy, which goes to top athlete,
    male or female, in Canada
    – Flag Bearer for Canada at Pan Am Games closing ceremony