The Lou Marsh Legacy - Honouring Canada's Top Athletes

Lou Marsh

Memorial Trophy

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Lou Marsh Trophy

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Choosing Canada's outstanding athlete is difficult. Every year a national panel of distinguished sports journalists and broadcasters embrace the task, scour the Canadian sporting landscape, and enter into hearty debate.

Cindy Klassen holding her replica Lou Marsh trophy

Cindy Klassen holding the Lou Marsh Replica Trophy in 2006. Date 2006 CollectionCanada's Sports Hall of Fame

It is the quintessential athletic award. It represents the melting pot that Canada is. With little exception the pot is huge as it puts amateurs, professionals, women and men into one selection pool. It's a cherished prize that symbolizes the highest achievement in Canadian sport. To be equated with the name it bears could mean nothing less.

Marilyn Bell with her Lou Marsh replica Memorial Trophy.

Marilyn Bell with her Lou Marsh replica Memorial Trophy. Date 1954 CollectionCanada's Sports Hall of Fame

Lou Marsh, former Sports Editor of the Toronto Star was a champion of sport in every way. An excellent athlete, a highly regarded referee in boxing and hockey and a pioneer in sports journalism, he embodied the highest principles and ideals. He gave as much weight to the amateur as the professional. Although he died suddenly in 1936, he surely would have relished sitting at a table with his peers to debate the selection of Canada's top athlete. He would endorse the process, and hold the men and women that accept this heavy responsibility in high regard.

In this spirit, the legacy of Lou Marsh has been perpetuated and Canada owns a unique award that is an annual reminder of the depth and richness of our playing fields. Its roster of recipients is impressive; true champions to a person; role models that inspire.

Today, with sport so expansive and diverse, the public debate surrounding the annual selection is greater than ever. Lou Marsh would want it no other way. A healthy signal that Canadians embrace sport and they care!

The Hardware

The trophy was originated by Charles E. Ring, a financier, sportsman and dear friend of Lou Marsh. A three foot high pylon of black and gold Italian marble on a marble base, it was designed by Canadian sculptor Emanuel Hahn to epitomize Lou Marsh. Its stark simplicity is arresting and portrays his frank writing style and rugged personality.

A small replica of the trophy goes to the winner each year.

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