Photo: Susan MullaneFilip Peliwo (CAN)
Filip Peliwo was named 2012 Canadian Junior Athlete of the Year during the President’s Reception at Canada’s Sport Hall of Fame in Calgary on Wednesday. The Canadian Sport Awards recognise the sporting achievements of Canada’s finest athletes in 2012.
“This is such a great honour to be considered Canada’s top junior athlete of the year,” said 18-year-old Peliwo. “Thank you to the Canadian Sport Awards and True Sport Foundation. This award caps an unbelievable season and pushes me even more to improve as I move to the professional circuit.”
In 2012 Peliwo became the first junior player to reach all four junior Grand Slam Finals in a calendar year since Australia’s Mark Kratzmann in 1984. He won the titles at Wimbledon and at the US Open and reached No. 1 on the ITF junior world rankings in July. He is the only Canadian player to have won two junior Grand Slam singles titles.
“What Filip did this year was unprecedented in Canadian tennis, and all of his success was the product of a lot of hard work and dedication,” said Michael S. Downey, president and CEO, Tennis Canada. “Tennis in Canada is stronger today because of this great young player, and we are so happy he is being recognised for his tremendous achievements, as he truly deserves it.”