2016 Joe DeRush Memorial Award
The Joe DeRush Memorial Award and Scholarship is presented each year to recognize local athletes with disabilities who performs in competitive events at the regional, provincial, national or international level.  This athlete displays leadership qualities both on and off the field, with the team, in his or her school and within his or her community. Criteria includes:  performance, leadership, positive attitude, sportsmanship, dedication and fair-play philosophy.


Tom Gabriel

Tom Gabriel has won the Joe DeRush award, which recognizes athletes who have overcome disabilities.

Gabriel was named to the provincial sledge hockey team for 2016, where he was part of a silver medal winning squad at the inaugural Canadian Sledge Hockey Championships. A year earlier he won an intermediate 'C' gold medal for the Ontario Sledge Hockey Association. He has also won gold as a member of the West Region team at the Ontario ParaSport Games of 2014 and has just won a gold in August of this year in Mississauga.

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