Sherri Smith, who won the International Triathlon Union World Championships last fall is Sault Ste. Marie's Sportsperson of the Year for 2005.
The 29-year old beat out two other finalists in a vote by local sports media receiving the H.P. Broughton Trophy Tuesday night at the 49th Rotary Sports Awards Banquet at Marconi Hall.
Smith said she was "surprised and thrilled" to win the award over two nominees from the Sault's most prominent sport. Smith has shot to the top of the triathlon world in just a few years. For her first place effort in Portugal she was named the Ontario and Canadian Age-group Female Triathlete of the Year for 2004.
The ITU event saw Smith complete a 1,500-metre swim, 40-kilometre bike race and 10k run in 2-hours, 19 minutes and 19 seconds.
The North Stars, under the guidance of head coach Mike Hall went 42/2/1 and 1 this past season winning their second straight Great North Midget League title and finishing runner up at the All Ontario Triple "A" Midget Championships.
The Bantam Greyhounds, coached by Dom DeLuca set numerous Northern Ontario Bantam League records thanks to a 38/1 and 1 record. They wound up 4th at the provincials.
Also handed out Tuesday was the Walter Lowe Trophy for the top male high school athlete. Korah's Jourdin Morin beat out a strong field thanks to a stellar season in four sports, football, hockey, basketball and badminton. Morin excelled in football (he won the top football player award) where he rushed for nearly a thousand yards and 14 touchdowns in just seven games. Other nominees were Kyle Gauthier from Bawating, St. Basil's Jordan Zuke, Phil Ruicci from St. Mary's College, Matt Irving of Sir James Dunn and Alanzo Clark from White Pines.
The B'nai B'rith Award for the graduating student-athlete who best combines academics and athletics went to Graham Dalseg of Sir James Dunn. Dalseg starred in badminton and hockey while producing an average grade of well over 90. Other finalists were; Bawating's Kyle Lanteigne, Anthony Spina from St. Basil, SMC's Marc Palumbo and Adam Stevenson of White Pines.
The longest winning streak in Sault sports came to an end when the Ross Winslade Trophy for best all-around athletics performances by a school was claimed by Korah. Sir James Dunn had won the trophy sixteen years in a row heading in Tuesday's awards banquet.
In the individual awards Grade 9 running phenom Dominik Graf of Sir James Dunn won the Cross Country Running and Track & Field awards. The Eagles John Ellis took the hockey award and the team of Graham Dalseg and Ian Flaxey the badminton award.
Along with Morin Korah had another winner as Clint Cudmore got the nod at top high school curler. St. Basil captured two awards as the Saints Mark Cicino was voted top soccer player and Josh Lynch best wrestler. Wes Ontonovich of St. Mary's won the basketball award.
Excellence in female high school athletics will be recongnized tonight at the annual ACT Awards Banquet.