Brooke Henderson designated female athlete of the year by The canadian Press

Brooke Henderson désignée athlète féminine de l’année par La Presse canadienne

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The golfer Brooke Henderson was honored on Wednesday for his outstanding season by winning the price Bobbie-Rosenfeld.

The golfer Brooke Henderson was already an icon of the sport in Canada. His victory at the canadian Open this summer, which put an end to a shortage of 45 years without a local victory in this legendary tournament has only served to confirm his huge talent.

The Ontario girl of 21 years has not only triumphed, but she did it with panache, signing a final round of 65 to win with a priority of four strokes in front of the American Angel Yin.

The emotion was at its height when it was presented on the 18th green for a final putt, with the victory in the pocket. Once the ball in the cup, she lifted her arms to the sky and received the embrace of her older sister Brittany, who is his junior since its debut in the professional in 2014. His father, Dave, ran on the green and watered champagne.

The crowd then started singing’O Canada while Henderson was joined by his friends, his family and other players.

“This 18th hole, standing on this green, surrounded by the members of my family, friends and hundreds of spectators encouraging me, it was a surreal, acknowledged Henderson. Take finally the trophy that I dream since I was a little girl, it gives me chills just thinking about it. “

It is one of his two titles in 2018, and she has inscribed his name among the 10 best players in 11 tournaments this year.

On Wednesday, she has been rewarded for his outstanding season by winning the price Bobbie-Rosenfeld, awarded by The canadian Press to the female athlete of the year in this country.

“This year is an olympic year, and with all of these exceptional athletes who have participated in the olympic winter Games, so it is a great honour and I am really proud to win this award,” added Henderson.

Jocelyne Bourassa was the last Canadian, in 1973, to register his name in the history of the omnium national.

Far ahead of its competitors

The golfer Brooke Henderson, who ensures this honor for the third time in the last four years, has gathered 30 votes on 54 (55,6 %) in the poll conducted among commentators and officials of the sports sections of the media across the country.

The short track speed skater Kim Boutin, triple olympic medalist, and figure skater Osmond, world champion and double olympic medalist, finished tied for second place with 10 votes each (18.5 per cent).

The winner of the prix Lionel-Conacher as the male athlete of the year in Canada will be unveiled on Thursday, and the team of the year will be known on Friday.

At the head of the music charts in quebec : Kim Boutin, victorious in the face of turmoil

In Quebec, the circumstances in which Boutin has won his three medals at the Games in Pyeongchang have won him the favour of the respondents as it received 10 out of 15 votes (66,6 %).

The joy of Sherbrooke’s 24-year-old win his first olympic medal, bronze in the 500 metres, was quickly overshadowed when she was the object of bullying on social networks by supporters frustrated by the disqualification of the favourite south Korean Choi Min-jeong, after contact with the Canadian.

Brooke Henderson désignée athlète féminine de l’année par La Presse canadienne

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The joy of olympic by Kim Boutin was quickly overshadowed when she has been the subject of intimidation and death threats on the social networks.

Diving in turmoil, this has not prevented it to glean other two medals. But even 10 months later, Boutin acknowledges that she still has ambivalent feelings about everything that has happened in South Korea.

“It seems that everything that has relation to the games, it is still not clear in my head. I’m still working with my shrink to analyze all of the emotions that these events have caused in me, said Boutin last week. What I do know, however, is that the Games have taught me to respect my limits and to trust me. “

She admits that even if she was not prepared to face these threats, it had, nevertheless, tools for coping with adversity — although it has not been easy.

“We know that there are things that we cannot control. Then they receive threats, or making a bad race, we have managed to go through the same way. “

This strength of character has been noted elsewhere in the comments in the margin of the ballot.

“In addition to impress on the ice, she has shown a resilience and a strength of character out of the ordinary. The threats received in Pyeongchang have attracted a strong feeling of sympathy and revealed to the public this young woman, touching and passionate, ” wrote Valérie Gaudreau, editor-in-chief of the daily The Sun.

After being granted an extended break after his olympic season, Boutin has recently returned to competition in Almaty, Kazakhstan, amassing a total of four medals. Is this a indication she will be a headliner of the team of short track up to the Beijing Games in 2022 ?

“Personally, I think about it. I have yet to determine how I want to live my next four years. It has been of incredible games in Pyeongchang, but I still need to come back. I know that there is so much positive to gain from it. And there will be other challenges by Beijing. “

With Gregory Strong

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