Leibel is one of eight women and men recognized for their outstanding work in Canadian sports media. Joining her are Toronto Raptors TV play-by-play announcer Matt Devlin (below), photographer Mark Blinch, Sportsnet basketball expert Michael Grange, the late Montreal sportscaster Randy Tieman, Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri, long-time public relations executive Fay Olson and photographer Don Vickery.
A trailblazer in Canadian sports broadcasting, Leibel started her career in 1980 as an analyst for CBC-TV at Spruce Meadows. A member of the Canadian national equestrian team, she left CBC and joined The Sports Network in 1984 to become the host of Sportsdesk, a first for women in Canadian sports broadcasting. She returned to CBC in 1986 and teamed with Brian Williams as the co-hosts of Sports Weekend. She became the first woman to ever co-host the network’s Olympic coverage at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games and went on to co-host CBC’s coverage of the 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2006 Games. In 2003, she became the first female sports broadcaster to win a Gemini Award.
Devlin is the voice of the Raptors on TSN, Sportsnet and NBA-TV Canada. He was behind the microphone this past spring for the Raptors’ run to Canada’s first-ever NBA championship.
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