2020 Chatham-Kent Women’s Athlete of the Year: Bridget Carleton
After a month of voting and over 20,000 votes, Bridget Carleton has been named the women’s 2020 Chatham-Kent athlete of the year. This year’s voting was sponsored by Maple City Homes and FamilyLending.ca.
Carleton opened her year playing professionally in Australia with the WNBL’s Townsville Fire.
After returning to North America for the WNBA season Carleton set career highs and joined the WNBA record books for her performance during her first career start.
Following that moment, Carleton was a regular in the Minnesota Lynx starting lineup, playing an important two-way role with the team.
To close off 2020, Carleton was playing in her overseas season in France.
Almost no athlete from Chatham-Kent had as complete of a year as Carleton, nor as successful.
Carleton took 29.77% of the overall vote.
This year’s women’s runner up was local track and field thrower, Emma Negri, who spent the year breaking numerous Athletics Ontario records in both shot put and discuss. Negri had 26.6% of the vote.
Rounding out the top 5 for 2020 were Kaitlyn Isaac (21.05%), Emma Pegg (11.94%) and Brooke MacKinnon (10.65%).
Congrats to all of the nominees, the final five, runner-up Emma Negri, and the 2020 Athlete of the Year, Bridget Carleton.
2019: Emma Pegg
2018: Bridget Carleton
2017: Bridget Carleton
2016: Ashley Jackson
2015: Bridget Carleton
2014: Bridget Carleton
2013: Bridget Carleton