On Saturday, February 6, 2010 the Sports Achievement Awards were held at the Nanaimo Coast Bastion Hotel. PacificSport hosted the annual achievement awards event that showcased the top level of athletes, coaches, officials, and volunteers from the City of Nanaimo.
This year’s Individual Female Athlete of the Year was awarded to our very own World Champion, Nicole Haywood. Haywood became one of the first female competitors to emerge as a champion at the World Sprint Canoe Championships in 2009. It was the first time for women to compete at the world event and Haywood won Canada’s first ever female gold medal in the C1 (single canoe) 500-metre sprint. It was Canada’s sole gold medal at the championships.
Nicole was thrilled to be back home in Nanaimo to receive this honor.