The late Fred 'Gus' Collins was a long-time contributor to the development, success and promotion of Canada West Athletics, notably through his endless effort to produce updated, accurate statistical information to all media in an era long before laptops and spreadsheets.
The Fred 'Gus' Collins Award is presented annually to a member of the media who works tirelessly covering Canada West and it student-athletes. The winner becomes the Canada West nominee for the Fred Sgambati Award, which is presented by Canadian Interuniversity Sport to a member of the news media, who has made a major contribution to the development and growth of CIS.
A former University of Toronto athlete and University football official, Fred Sgambati was the radio voice of the College Bowl (now the Vanier Cup) for its first 13 years, and was a well-respected reporter/broadcaster, who was a great supporter of university athletics in Canada.
Fred 'Gus' Collins Award Winners
2015-16: Rita Mingo, Postmedia (Calgary)
2014-15: Earl Seitz, CFJC Television / B-100 / CIFM Radio, Kamloops
2013-14: Darren Zary, The StarPhoenix, Saskatoon
2012-13: Ron Rauch, Victoria Times Colonist
2011-12: Evan Daum, The Edmonton Journal / CJSR
2010-11: David Larkins, The Brandon Sun
2009-10: Esther Madziya, Global Saskatoon
2008-09: Howard Tsumura, The Vancouver Province
2007-08: Jason Pires, A-Channel Victoria
2006-07: Neil Shewchuk, CK750 Saskatchewan
2005-06: Howard Tsumura, The Vancouver Province
2004-05: Ian Hamilton, Leader-Post, Regina
- Fred Sgambati Award winners in bold