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Readers submit their nominations of individuals who have the influence and desire to affect sport in Canada this year. Go to the last slide to submit your pick
The guy has one of the greatest hockey careers in history and is a leader in the hockey world. He is the general manager of the 2014 Olympic team and has the responsibility to choose the team that will represent our country at the biggest tournament in the world. Few people can have that kind of influence in our national sport.
Rob Williams, Saint John, B.C.
(Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press)
Not only is he a former world No. 1 squash player, he now devotes his time to running the National Squash Academy. The academy’s goal is to grow the game from a grassroots level as well as cater to high-performance athletes. People have travelled from around the world to train under his guidance, including Maria Toor Pakay, who has made headlines for her struggle as a woman excelling in sport from a Taliban-controlled region in Pakistan.
Laura Savage, London, Ont.
(Fernando Morales/The Globe and Mail)
He’s young, well-spoken, level-headed and headed to the top of the game. Pegged by tennis journalists from around the world as a future top 10 player, he’s sitting comfortably within the top 20 at the moment and showing young Canadians that hockey is not the only sport we excel in. He has also set up a charitable foundation in his own name.
Barbara Wong, Ottawa
He’s come back from his concussion with a vengeance! He’s a great example of why hockey will always be ours and he makes me proud to be Canadian.
Josh Kennedy, North Vancouver
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Michael Copeland, CEO of the CFL, is the league’s business lead and legal counsel on many of the CFL’s most strategic initiatives and issues, including the league’s salary cap, drug policy, collective bargaining agreement with its players, broadcast deal, Grey Cup and major sponsorships.
Jamie Dykstra, Toronto
Jane Roos, founder of Canadian Athletes Now Fund, has been raising money for our Canadian athletes for years. She has raised millions of dollars, including funds to support Team Canada in London and Vancouver Olympics.
Conrad Leinemann, Toronto
(Pierre Louis Beranek For The Globe and Mail)
Christine Sinclair (and the rest of the women's soccer team). There have been so many pathways for men's soccer with the continued development and growth of the MLS, but this team showed girls there is a place for them in competitive soccer. Christine was, and continues to be, a wonderful role model for many young female soccer players.
Tammy Hall, Hazelbrook, PEI
(Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press)
The commissioner of the Ontario Hockey League takes bold stands and enforces stiff penalties to eliminate excessive fighting in junior hockey that go against the grain, but are well thought out and make sense. He may save hockey careers for young players who have been chased from the game by goons and may make coaches start doing their jobs differently.
Charlie Cuff, Cape Breton, N.S.
(Larry Macdougal/The Canadian Press)
Adam Van Koeverden
He’s an athlete ambassador for Right to Play, he’s done a TED talk on the ethics of hard work and is an Olympic medalist.
Melanie Ward, Toronto
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Jim Hopson and Roger Brandvold
Roger Brandvold, chairman of the board for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, was on the committee negotiating the massive TV deal, while Jim Hopson, the team’s president and CEO, is a major player in the CFL in terms of competition committee and other integral parts of the league. The Riders have a lot of power in the CFL and these two should be considered near the top.
Jamie Nye, Regina
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For seeking an NFL franchise in Canada and because he is highly respected in the sports world.
Andrew Golis, Burlington, Ont.
(Peter Power/The Globe and Mail)
Michael Downey, CEO of Tennis Canada, has influenced and changed the face of tennis with his savvy marketing and leadership skills. He has great influence and respect of the athletes including players like Milos Raonic.
Jinder Chalmers, Vancouver
(Ryan Enn Hughes for The Globe and Mail)
Who do you think deserves a spot on the list? Submit your nomination here.
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