Adam Hill has been named Orillia’s 2019 Athlete of the Year.
At the beginning to Monday night's council meeting, Mayor Steve Clarke and members of the Recreation Advisory Committee presented Hill, a multisport cyclist, with the Norm Davis Athlete of the Year trophy.
The award is presented annually to an individual who displays excellence in one or more athletic endeavours; and any amateur athlete residing in the area encompassed by the Orillia School District.
Hill’s notable achievements include placing first and setting a course record in the “Coast to Coast Gravel Grinder 210 mile race”, winning both the “Epic Spring 8 Hour Solo”, and “Fall Epic 8 Hour Solo”, and placing fourth overall in “Pierre Hole’s 100 Mile Race”. Off the bike, Hill’s successes continue with an ongoing achievement of Hill and his wife’s trail running event titled “Pick your Poison”, which has raised thousands of dollars for local charities.
“I am honored to be receiving the award for Athlete of the Year from the City of Orillia,” said Hill. “Endurance athletics is an individual pursuit with personal goals and achievements, but I share this recognition with all my family and friends that have made me who I am. I have considered myself lucky to grow up and live in Orillia surrounded by so many great athletes who push me to be the best I can be.”
Nominated by Sue Sinclair, Hill is described as “an inspiring, accomplished endurance athlete of epic proportions. His remarkable mindset, determination and dedication saw him positioned on the podium at various events throughout North America, competing against international athletes…While his accomplishments are stunning, it’s important to know he is also a highly regarded health professional working as a Respiratory Therapist at Orillia’s Soldiers Memorial Hospital”.
Hill was selected by a 10-member panel of local judges representing Orillia Secondary School, Twin Lakes Secondary School, Patrick Fogarty Secondary School, the Elementary School Physical Education Council, 89.1 Max FM, the Orillia Y.M.C.A, Orillia Sport Council and the City of Orillia Recreation Advisory Committee.