April 22, 2009, Ottawa -- Organizers of Ottawa Race Weekend today announced that Ottawa's Allan Brett, a second year student in Biological Engineering from Guelph University, is the recipient of its sixth annual National Athletic Scholarship. The $4,000 bursary was launched in 2003 for promising young Canadian track athletes.
"I am honoured to have won this scholarship," says Allan Brett. "Being recognized by Ottawa Race Weekend not only validates the hard work I have put into my training, it provides me with the resources I need to continue to improve my performance while I am studying."
Recently, Allan Brett was named the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Cross Country Most Valuable Player for his performance in the 10K race at the OUA Cross Country Championships in Kingston, Ontario.
"It is important to support young Canadian athletes as talented and ambitious as Allan," says Manuel Rodrigues, Elite Athlete Coordinator for the Ottawa Race Weekend. "The Ottawa Race Weekend's National Athletic Scholarship reflects our commitment to deserving individuals and to the sport in general."
The $4,000 national scholarship was created to encourage rising stars in the Canadian running field. To be eligible, athletes must be Canadian citizens and full-time students at a Canadian post-secondary institution. A jury makes its decision based on athletic potential and ability, financial need, volunteerism and scholastic grades.
Applications for the 2010 National Scholarship Award will be available online at www.runottawa.ca in September 2009.
About Ottawa Race Weekend
Ottawa Race Weekend is Canada's premier running festival. It combines competition, participation and fundraising to make a distinctive contribution to the health of the community. The 2008 Ottawa Race Weekend welcomed over 32,800 participants in seven races, including the ING Ottawa Marathon and the MDS Nordion 10K. Ottawa Race Weekend is run by a volunteer Board of Directors. The 2009 event is scheduled for the weekend of May 23-24.
Allan Brett at the Finish Line at the OUA cross-country championships in Kingston, October 2008.