February 2 2017
For the 3rd year in a row, Tommy Des Brisay won the award in Running- Road Racing at the Ottawa Sports Awards banquet last night here in Ottawa. Because Tommy is training right now at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California, he wasn’t there to receive the award. But Tommy wants to say thank you for the award, and thank you to everyone who supports him in the Ottawa running community, and his friends at the Ottawa Lions Track and Field Club, for being such a huge part of his running journey! It means so much to be surrounded by such a great community of people!
Here are the links to the YouTube videos when Tommy won this same award for 2014 and 2015.
Tommy would have loved to be there last night, to cheer for all the other amazing athletes in other sports who were recognized for there incredible achievements! Congratulations! <3 Here is what was written about Tommy regarding this year's award: RUNNING (ROAD RACING) - TOMMY DES BRISAY: Tommy was selected the road racer of the year at the recent Ottawa Lions banquet. This 25-year-old came very close to making the Canadian Paralympic team for the Rio Games in the T20 class for athletes with intellectual disabilities. The problem is all the Paralympic races are too short for a distance runner of Tommy’s abilities. He won the 2016 half-marathon race at the Canadian Army Run with a personal-best 1:12:24, winning by almost two minutes over second place and finishing ahead of over 8,500 participants. He added more wins at the Scotiabank Canada Day 5 km, the Wakefield Moon River 10 km and the Nine Run Run half-marathon race. A previous winner of our award for this sport, Tommy is looking forward to the next IPC Athletics World Championships when the 5000 m distance will be added.