You would think a couple Canadian CFL players would win the award considering Lou Marsh himself played for the Argos. But the yuppies who vote for this "award" don't care about the CFL. I agree with the comment made earlier that the award too often goes to Olympic sports. I mean, Figure Skating? Really? It's Dancing on ice.
I looked at the list of some of the "Athletes" that have won over the years. There are a bunch I do agree with, for example, Joey Votto was DEFINATELY the most deserving Canadian athlete in 2010. Great choice. However, here are a few comments I have:
2008 - Chantal Petitclerc - Wheelchair racing: Chantal Who???? Never heard of this person until I saw this. I watch sports centre 5/6 times a week. Georges St. Pierre should have won this award in 2008.
1995 - Jacques Villeneuve - Auto racing: WHAT???? You're an "athlete" if you drive a car? I drive a car. Am I an athlete too? I might not drive professionally. Is TTC bus driver an athlete? He drives professionally. What a joke!
1971 - Hervé Filion - Harness racing: AGAIN! The Horse is doing all the damn work. How is this guy an athlete? He just sits in the caridge on wheels back there, whipping the poor horse.
1952 - George Genereux - Shooting: Apparently if you've been to a gun range, YOU'RE AN ATHLETE!!!! What a joke.
1953 - Doug Hepburn - Weightlifting: Who are you competing against? A peiece of metal? It does take Athletic ability but just underscores the point that if you win an Olympic medal, you're automatically a front runner for this award even if the "sport" doesn't require any athletic ability.