Connor Jinks was recognized Saturday for his sportsmanship on the Canada Games squash courts.
Referees selected him from the 48-player pool.
“It was a great honour,” Jinks said. “I tried to be as respectful as I could.”
This was the second Games experience for the 16-year-old Stratford resident. At the 2011 Games in Halifax, he tried to get the award then as he gained experience, but hadn’t thought much about it this time around.
“He’s just a great young man,” coach John Power said.
The award recognizes young athletes ability to compete hard, but in a respectful manner.
Power said it is not always easy in the heat of a competitive environment.
“You’re out there, you’re all by yourself, you have to deal with the bad calls or the frustrations of not playing your best,” he said.
“He trains very hard. He’s competitive, but has learned to put these things in pretty good perspective.”
Jinks said he hopes it can set an example for other young athletes in the sport.