The Lou Marsh Memorial Award is given out annually to Canada’s top athlete and this year the recipient is bobsled pioneer, gold medalist and all-around bad-ass Kaillie Humphries.
In case you don’t know about Lou Marsh – he was a former Sports Editor of the Toronto Star and referee in boxing and hockey, and a champion of sports during his time as a journalist. He died suddenly in 1936 and in “this spirit, the legacy of Lou Marsh has been perpetuated and Canada owns a unique award that is an annual reminder of the depth and richness of our playing fields. Its roster of recipients is impressive; true champions to a person; role models that inspire” (taken from the Lou Mash Legacy website).
For those of you not familiar with Humphries, check out her profile on the Canadian Olympic Team Official website. She was heavily involved in lobbying the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation to revise the governing rules to allow for gender-neutral or mixed-gender teams, which they officially adopted in September 2014. Read more about the award and incredible year Humphries has had at the Toronto Star and CBC Sports.