CSWA names Courage Award recipient

Karen Newman, of Old Greenwich, who overcame breast cancer to become one of the world’s top age group triathletes, will receive this year’s Bob Casey Courage Award from the Connecticut Sports Writers’ Alliance at its 72nd Gold Key Dinner on Sunday, April 28 at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington.

Newman, 51, was diagnosed with breast cancer on March 18, 2008. She did not, however, let the medical crisis deter her from competing in triathlons.

In fact, she had one of her best years ever in 2012, finishing eighth in the women’s 50-54 age group in the sprint distance of the USA Triathlon National Championships in August. In October, at the International Triathlon Union Age Group Sprint World Championships in New Zealand, Newman finished second in her age division. 

Newman has been a long-time competitor on the triathlon circuit and has represented the U.S. in international competitions numerous times. 

“To be here is really a miracle,” she said after the race in New Zealand. “This is for every single person who is battling a disease. Never give up your dreams. The impossible is possible.” 

In addition to Newman, the Connecticut Sports Writers’ Alliance will be presenting Gold Keys to former NBA player Mike Gminski, E.O. Smith boys soccer coach John Blomstrann, UConn field hockey coach Nancy Stevens, Staples cross country and track coach John “Laddie” Lawrence and former New Haven College basketball star Gary Liberatore.

Tickets to the 2013 Gold Key Dinner, which begins at 4 p.m., can be purchased by contacting either CSWA President George Albano of The (Norwalk) Hour at 203-434-2320.

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