Toronto, Ontario – Goodyear Canada has announced the winners of its “Get There” Awards, which honour parents and supporters who help young athletes by driving them to practices, games and competitions, along with other forms of support.
The company asked a special panel of judges to select the winners from nominees across Canada. The three winners are:
– David Washington, of North Bay, Ontario. Three years ago, he co-founded a special needs hockey program in North Bay for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Removing the barriers faced by players included helping families fill out forms, driving young athletes to practices, and even providing financial help from his own pocket.
– Pamela Kondra, of Grande Prairie, Alberta. A mother of four, with a husband who works full time, Kondra ensures that the three children who play hockey make it to as many as eight different ice times per week, not including tournaments, typically with all four children in tow.
– Emma Slagerman, of Rosser, Manitoba. Each of her three daughters participates in competitive figure skating, and Slagerman drives approximately 1,000 kilometres each week to lessons and practices, plus periodic competitions and test days in arenas across Saskatchewan and Manitoba. She has been an active volunteer at competitions for the past four years.
Each winner will receive a medal and a set of Goodyear premium tires.