St-Pierre Named Canadian Athlete of the Year

Written by Tom Ngo
December 26th, 2008

In a landslide vote, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre was named Sportsnet.ca’s 2008 Canadian Athlete of The Year.  In one of the widest margins of victory in the category’s history, GSP received 89% of the votes from fans, beating out Chantal Petitclerc, Jarome Iginla, Justin Morneau and Daniel Nestor.In a statement released by the champion, GSP humbly accepted the award:

“It’s an honor for me to have this award and being the first MMA guy to receive something like this. I want to congratulate the other nominees because they have done an incredible job in their respective sports, making this an even more special honor. I want to thank Rogers Sportsnet and Joe Ferraro for promoting the sport of MMA, because without them the sport would not be as well known as it is right now in Canada. I want to thank everybody for their support and voting for me. I want to be a good Canadian ambassador for the sport and represent MMA well.”

St-Pierre is currently preparing for his UFC 94 showdown with BJ Penn on January 31st at UFC 94.

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