Another day, another trophy for the case for Denny Morrison. Morrison was the co-recipient of Speed Skating Canada’s long track Male Athlete of the Year on Friday which capped another year of accomplishments for the Fort St. John skater.
It’s the eighth time Morrison has won the award, his first coming back in 2006.
Morrison shared the honour with Laurent Dubreuil of Quebec and said Dubreuil needs to be recognized for his accomplishments as well this past season.
“He’s a guy that’s helped in the past with my speed and acceleration,” Morrison said. “He did really well in the 500 metre this season. He got second overall in the World Cup. We’re in two different disciplines but we both had great seasons. I think it’s special and important that Speed Skating Canada recognize Laurent also for his achievement.”
His fondest memory from the past season stems from the World Championships in Heerenveen, Netherlands. Even though he came away with two silver medals at the event it wasn’t the personal accomplishment he was most satisfied with, but rather a strong performance by the entire Canadian team.
“What I’m most proud of from the past year comes down to the entire week of World Championships. I had good results but the actual work we saw from our team and the level of teamwork coming to play with our team that whole week was pretty phenomenal.”
The Canadian team tallied four medals over the four day competition.
As far as Morrison’s recovery goes things are starting to look up. He’s six weeks into his recovery, and is about five weeks ahead of schedule.
Overall he’s won the award in 2006, 2007, 2008 (co-winner with Jeremy Wotherspoon), 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2015.