Sport B.C. named Olympic gold medalist Denny Morrison as the recipient of this year’s Community Champion Award for his significant commitment to sport and community building.

The award, sponsored by BCLC, will be handed out at Sport B.C.’s 45th Annual Athlete of the Year Awards presented by TELUS on February 24.

As a world-class long-track speed skater, Denny has competed in many international championships, including the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino. Denny won the Olympic gold medal for Team Pursuit in 2010, and currently holds the track record at four different ovals around the globe.

Off the rink, Denny is an ambassador for KidSport and ActNow B.C. and makes many appearances in B.C. and Alberta in support of sport and healthy living. He is constantly involved in his hometown of Fort St. John, where he visits schools and meets with the local clubs to promote sport. In the summer of 2010, Denny coached at a speed skating camp for young athletes from all over B.C., where he helped participants improve their skills and inspired them to do their best. Denny has also donated many personal items for auction to raise funds for local charities.

The Community Champion Award recipient is selected annually by a committee of B.C. sportswriters, broadcasters, athletes and amateur sport experts. Previous award winners include Trevor Linden (2007), Steve Nash (2008), and Emily Brydon (2009).