Vote For the Chatham-Kent Male Athlete of the Year

black-vote-buttonWith 2013 coming to a close, it’s time to look back at the year’s top performers. For the first time, we’re looking to name a Chatham-Kent Male and Female Athlete of the Year, and we’re opening the voting up to you.

There are two ways to vote, click the poll below, or on our homepage, and comment below. A click on the poll counts as one vote, and a comment counts as one vote, giving every reader up to two votes per computer.

Next week, we’ll narrow it to our final four and let you vote again. When the New Year arrives, we’ll announce our Chatham-Kent Male and Female Athletes of the Year for 2013. Make sure you share this post, email to friends, and rally your communities to vote for your hometown hero.

Here are the eleven nominees for the 2013 Chatham-Kent Male Athlete of the Year:

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Max Allin (Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks, OUA, Basketball, Chatham), Shaun Suisham (Pittsburgh Steelers, NFL, Football, Wallaceburg), Seth Griffith (London Knights and Providence Bruins, OHL/AHL, Hockey, Wallaceburg), Derek Whitson (Team Canada, Sledge Hockey and Soccer, Chatham), TJ Brodie (Calgary Flames, NHL, Hockey, Dresden), Jonah Pataki (Queens Gaels, OUA, Football, Wallaceburg), Andy Fantuz (Hamilton Tiger Cats, CFL, Football, Chatham), Dane Fox (Erie Otters, OHL, Hockey, Thamesville), Brady Campbell (Maine Blackbears and Elmira Sugar Kings, NCAA/GOJHL, Hockey, Blenheim), Chad Laprise (MMA, Chatham), Zach Herreweyers (Loyola Greyhounds and Peterborough Lakers, NCAA/OLA, Lacrosse, Wallaceburg).

To be eligible for this award, athletes needed to be born in Chatham-Kent, and trained or competed for a significant portion of their athletic career in Chatham-Kent. As well, athletes nominated for this award needed to have achieved excellence in their sport, not simply within Chatham-Kent’s borders, but on a Provincial, National, International, or Professional stage.

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    Darby Jacobs 8 years

    Jonah Pataki!

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    Nate McPherson 8 years

    Derek Whitson.

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    Amanda Miller 8 years

    JONAH PATAKI!!

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    Jay 8 years

    Brodie

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    George Zahler 8 years

    Dane Fox! top goal scorer of the OHL

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    mike barnes 8 years

    my vote is for Jamie schaasfma..help lead allen americans to chl hockey league title

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    Voter 8 years

    Herreweyers

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    Jim 8 years

    Dane Fox

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    Mf 8 years

    Dane Fox!!

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    Allan 8 years

    Tj Brodie

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    Jeremy 8 years

    Dane Fox should easily win this

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    Tyler 8 years

    Dane Fox

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    Cobbetoffire 8 years

    Fox banger!

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    Elish smith 8 years

    max Allin

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    Denise Schultz 8 years

    Dane Fox is awesome! Love watching him play with the Otters!!

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    Longbottom 8 years

    Dane Fox!!!!

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    AL 8 years

    Dane fox

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    brittany 8 years

    Fox!!!!

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    Judith Desmarais 8 years

    Derek is an incredible athlete but significantly important is his love of sports, his compassion, his sportsmanlike behavior . He is truly a remarkable human being.

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    Marilee St Pierre 8 years

    Without a doubt…….Chad Laprise! Dedicated, in top form and undefeated!

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    melissa duquette 8 years

    Dane fox!

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    darren longbottom 8 years

    dane fox

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    Marlene Graydon 8 years

    Chad laprise! He’s going to be on the ultimate fighter for goodness sakes!!!!

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    TheresaWIndover 8 years

    Derek Whitson

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    Phillip Sterling 8 years

    Chad Laprese fight name should be rubber nose reason for that is ask him to Push his nose in

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    Mel 8 years

    Chad Laprise!

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      Brian Sutherland 8 years

      Chad Laprise……A no brainer if you ask me. Vote for him NOW

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    Cindy Nelson 8 years

    Dane Fox is a great young man whose dedication to the sport of hockey has been evident over the past year! Going from hobbling in a cast to one of the top scorers in the OHL is remarkable. He is a great guy!

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    Angela 8 years

    Dane Fox – 36 goals in 31 games.

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    Arman Citidale 8 years

    MAX ALLIN!

    The kid was top University scorer in Canada, CIS second team, OUA first team, set a school scoring record!

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    Mf 8 years

    Dane Fox!

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    chewy 8 years

    Chad Laprise all the way …. His desire and dedication and self displine is amazing …. You will never meet a greater man than this …

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    Mike 8 years

    Dane fox!

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    cf 8 years

    Dane Fox!!

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    Tartans 8 years

    Shaun Suisham …. here is an athlete who plays in the best league in the world for his sport … and is in the top 7 out of 32 kickers this year … is also the all-time accurate kicker in Steeler history

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    Sheri 8 years

    Brodie

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    Anna-Marie Clark 8 years

    Derek Whitson!

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    Will Smith 8 years

    Suisham …. doing probably the most pressure packed job in pro sports …. NFL placekicker for the Pittsburgh Steelers !!!!

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    Scott Dawson 8 years

    Go Derek Whitson!

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    Trevor Haskell 8 years

    I think they ALL deserve to be recognized, every single one of them is making chatham-kent proud. I wish them all the best and a long healthy career!

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    LuAnn Peters 8 years

    Derek Whitson !

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    Ob 8 years

    Dane fox all the way!!!!

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    Tim Whitson 8 years

    Derek Whitson – Not being biased at all. Derek is a multi-sport Canadian National Team athlete/Olympian and a scratch golfer, baseball coach etc. A great role model for you and old in areas of dedication, determination, perseverance and sportsmanship

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    kelly 8 years

    Dane Fox

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    Alisha Dawson 8 years

    Chad Laprise

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    Johnny J. 8 years

    Chad Laprise and not only for his dedication in MMA but also his dedication in helping others try to achieve their dreams in MMA. He’s one of the most interesting, honest and personable people you will ever meet. He has got up and made a major move to make himself the best possible athlete he can be and believe me that not only he will make the UFC but will be a champion in the biggest MMA organization on the planet. And to have a beautiful wife like Emily to believe in him and share in his dreams is a novel waiting to be written…please vote Chad Laprise!

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    Kathy MacLennan 8 years

    Derek is a former grade school student of mine. Even at that early age, I knew that his love for sports and determined attitude would help him become the great athlete he is today. He has always demonstrated good sportsmanship, care for others, and hard work. Way to go Derek.

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    Ned 8 years

    The banger

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    jamie 8 years

    Fox

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    darcy 8 years

    Dane fox!!!!!

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    Jeff B 8 years

    Dane Fox!

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    kevin mccandlesd 8 years

    Derek whitson

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    Jen Heath 8 years

    JONAH PATAKI

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    Cindy Ewing 8 years

    JONAH PATAKI!

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    kelly g 8 years

    Derek Whitson

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    Nicole 8 years

    DEREK WHITSON!!!

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    Niki Whitson 8 years

    Derek Whitson! Best big brother out there and an amazing athlete too! Hes kind, generous and always thinking of others. Works his butt off to be the best he can be! Go Derek Go

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    Colin 8 years

    I voted for …

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    MAXWELL ALLIN

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    Elizabeth Fischer 8 years

    Jonah Pataki – great athlete, fantastic young man!

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    Malina Altiman 8 years

    Jewelian Blackbird!

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    Kristen McGuire 8 years

    Dane Fox

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    Michelle Devine 8 years

    DANE FOX!!!!