The original design criteria for this piece, crafted by the late Shirley Elford, symbolized the growth and discipline the recipient has achieved without focusing on any one sport.
The shape is that of an obelisk, which in ancient times, was raised to mark the achievements and greatness of the Pharaohs. In present time, it is used to celebrate and mark achievements in time. As this award marks the culmination of an athletic year, Shirley felt it is suitable for the design theme.
Today, the original award, named in honour of the late Golden Horseshoe Athlete of the Year Committee President Bill Sturrup, is on display and updated yearly with each new recipient’s name. Each year the winner and two runners-up receive an adaptation of the original award. These awards are created by award-winning local artist Kelly Lowe of Kelly Lowe Glass.