According to the News in Port Colborne and Wainfleet website, Canadian Olympic silver medalist Patrick Chan of Ottawa, Ontario has been named the 2013 Ontario Athlete of the Year award. Chan received the honour at a gala in Toronto on Thursday evening.
Chan won the gold medal at the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships in London, Ont. Chan had an excellent short program where he landed a quadruple toe loop-triple toe loop combination, a triple axel and triple lutz, but struggled mightily in the long program and only hung on to beat Denis Ten of Kazakhstan by a small margin of 1.3 points. It was Chan's third consecutive world men's figure skating championships.
Canadian Olympic gold medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of London, Ont. were also honoured. Virtue and Moir won the Ontario team of the year award. Virtue and Moir won a silver medal at the 2013 World Figure Skating Championship in London, Ont. and a silver medal at the 2013 Grand Prix Final in Fukuoka, Japan.
Mac Marcoux of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, who went on to win a gold medal for Canada at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi in the men's visually impaired giant slalom event, was named the Ontario male athlete of the year with a disability. Marcoux had three World Cup podium finishes in 2013 and won a silver medal in the men's visually impaired giant slalom at the 2013 International Paralympic Committee Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, Spain according to the Canadian Paralympic Committee.
Other award winners included two-time Paralympic Games' bronze medalist Virginia McLachlan of Windsor, Ont., who won the Ontario female of the year with a disability and Jessica Klimkait of Whitby, Ont., who was named the Ontario female of the year. McLachlan, who has cerebral palsy, won a silver medal in the women's 100m at the 2013 International Paralympic Committee World Track and Championships in Lyon, France, and Klimkait won a gold medal in the 52 kg division at the 2013 World Under 18 Judo Championships in Miami, Fla.