More kudos for Derek Drouin

Journal Staff

Corunna’s Derek Drouin has been chosen Co-Athlete of the Year for 2014 by Athletics Canada.

He shares the Jack Davies Trophy with Pentathlete Brianne Theisen-Eaton of Saskatchewan.

Drouin, ranked fifth in the world in the men’s high jump, was honoured for, among other things, becoming just the tenth man in the world to clear 2.40 metres.

He accomplished the feat at the Drake Relays in Iowa last April and followed it up with a gold medal performance at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland three months later.

The leap in Iowa also set a new Canadian record, besting Drouin’s previous mark of 2.38 metres set at the World Championships in Russia in 2013.

The 25-year-old St. Patrick’s High School and Indiana University grad was also chosen to receive the Cal D. Bricker Memorial Trophy for the single Outstanding Performance of the Year and F.N.A Rowell Trophy as Field Athlete of the Year.

The awards will be handed out during the Pam Am Games Toronto on July 24.

It’s the second consecutive year that Drouin has been chosen as a triple award winner by Athletics Canada.