Mauro, 17, has been twirling baton for eight years and has competed in up to 10 competitions per year.

“The thing I love most about the sport is that there is no ceiling to the athleticism and skill you can achieve, there is always room for improvement,” says the George McDougall High School online student.

“This gives me so much motivation to work harder and always try to improve my skills. I also love training and competing with my best friends, as well as meeting new friends from around the world. “

She says her biggest achievement was the three gold medals she brought home for Canada at the 2020 Pan Pacific Cup in Red Deer in January 2020.

She also competed as a member of Team Canada at the 2019 International Cup France and the 2017 International Cup in Croatia when she brought home a silver and bronze medal for Canada.

“Something that I would like most for people to know about the sport of baton is that it takes more dedication and perseverance then most people would think,” she adds.

“It is a sport that requires a lot of athleticism, sportsmanship and passion.”

Shannon is Mauro’s mother and nominator.

“Brooke deserves this award because she trains extremely hard in all areas of baton, is passionate about competing in her chosen sport and yet has a humble attitude,” she says.