By Fred Wallace
The Lou Marsh Trophy, presented annually to Canada's top athlete, has been awarded to tennis star Bianca Andreescu.
At age 19, Andreescu became the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam singles title, taking the US Open in August when she defeated American Serena Williams in the Final.
On the year, Andreescu took three tennis tournaments and went deep in the draw multiple times.
I think the choice is accurate and excellent, but I'm surprised on two levels that Andreescu was the unanimous winner.
First, I'm surprised because the trophy is based on voting by a panel of sports journalists from across the country.
That surprises me because this is Canada and anything that involves a vote seldom is unanimous- let's go back to October for an example.
Plus, the sports media in the country have significant regional biases in the way they view who is what in sports.
One only has to listen to a BC Sports Talk Radio show to understand the disdain they hold for Ontario and the East in general.
Conversely, if one listens to Sports Talk Radio in Ontario, one might wonder if BC and the West general actually exists.
The other surprise in the overwhelming victory is that the field of finalists was pretty deep; golfer Brooke Henderson, sprinter Andre De Grasse, Atlanta Braves pitcher Mike Soroka and former Owen Sound Attack goalie Jordan Binnington who backstopped the St Louis Blues to the Stanley Cup.
Somewhere, I thought, there had to be a golf journalist who had Henderson on top, a track journalist who voted for De Grasse, a baseball writer who liked Soroka and in a country filled with hockey media, surely Binnington was on top of one vote.
Apparently not and truthfully, regardless of the voting, choosing Bianca Andreescu as Canada's top athlete in 2019 is the right choice.