Three emerge from au­gust list

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

A pair of Olympians and one of the coun­try’s best golfers are the fi­nal­ists for the 2016 Golden Horse­shoe Ath­lete of the Year.

Soc­cer star Melissa Tan­credi, fencer Eleanor Har­vey and golf sen­sa­tion Macken­zie Hughes were se­lected from a group of 21 nom­i­nees by a com­mit­tee of lo­cal ath­letes, me­dia per­son­al­i­ties and busi­ness lead­ers.

Handed out an­nu­ally, the Bill Stur­rup Award rec­og­nizes the best Hamil­ton or Burling­ton ath­lete at any level of sports. Since its in­cep­tion in 1995, win­ners have come from pro and am­a­teur sports at na­tional and in­ter­na­tional lev­els, and have in­cluded such names as Kia Nurse, Laura Fortino, Ryan El­lis, Kyle Quin­lan, Jesse Lums­den and Joanne Malar.

Tan­credi, the An­caster na­tive who won the award in 2012, was a mem­ber of the Cana­dian Women’s Olympic soc­cer team that won bronze at the Rio Olympics last sum­mer. She scored two goals in the group stage in her third Olympic Games, to go along with six CONCACAF cham­pi­onships and three World Cups. The 35-year-old an­nounced her re­tire­ment in Jan­uary and will play her fi­nal game for Canada Satur­day in a friendly against Mex­ico at B.C. Place in Van­cou­ver.

Eleanor Har­vey also com­peted in Rio, fin­ish­ing sev­enth in the women’s in­di­vid­ual foil. It was Canada’s best-ever re­sult in the event, and Har­vey de­feated the No. 1 seed to ad­vance to the quar­ter-fi­nal. The 22-year-old Hamil­ton na­tive won the 2016 na­tional ti­tle and be­came the first Cana­dian fencer to win an NCAA in­di­vid­ual cham­pi­onship while com­pet­ing for Ohio State.

Dun­das’ Hughes be­came the first Cana­dian to win a PGA Tour

event since 2014, earn­ing an in­vi­ta­tion to the Masters. He is the top-ranked Cana­dian on the PGA Tour (105th) and was named the Golf Jour­nal­ists As­so­ci­a­tion of Canada Male Pro­fes­sional Player of the year. The 26-year-old won the Golden Horse­shoe award in 2013.

The win­ner will be an­nounced at the 32nd an­nual Catholic Youth Or­ga­ni­za­tion chil­dren’s fundraiser dinner March 2 at the Hamil­ton Con­ven­tion Cen­tre. For more in­for­ma­tion, see gold­en­horse­shoeath­le­te­ The full list of nom­i­nees: In ad­di­tion to Tan­credi, Har­vey and Hughes, Sally Anderson, Spe­cial Olympics alpine skier; Heather Bans­ley, Olympic beach vol­ley­ball; Danielle Boiago, McMaster bas­ket­ball; Michael Cic­carelli, snow­board­ing; Kathryn Clew­ley, retro (back­wards) run­ning; Reid Cool­saet, Olympic marathon; Myles Misener-Da­ley, track and field; Ryan El­lis, hockey; Michelle Faz­zari, Olympic wrestling; Stephen Maar, McMaster vol­ley­ball, Olympic al­ter­nate; Lau­ren McKay, snow­board rac­ing; Kia Nurse, NCAA and Olympic bas­ket­ball; Mark Older­shaw, Olympic ca­noe­ing; Chris Pezzetta, McMaster foot­ball; An­thony Ro­maniw, Olympic track and field; Alena Sharp, Olympic golf; Cam Tal­bot, hockey; Shona Thor­burn, Olympic bas­ket­ball.

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