Year-end banquet recognizes student athletes
Griffins student athletes celebrated their achievements at the MacEwan Athletics awards banquet on Thursday night. Awards were given to athletes who demonstrated excellence, teamwork and commitment in their sport, and to those athletes who had shown visible improvement over the year.
The top awards for 2011/2012 were Murray Orvis Team of the Year Award, which was awarded to the women’s hockey team, and the Male and Female Athletes of the Year, which went to Management Studies student Adam Bruce (golf) and Bachelor of Science student Alexandra Gordichuk (cross-country).
Along with being named ACAC Player of the Year, Adam helped propel his team into the top 20 of Golf Canada’s national collegiate rankings for the first time.
In addition to her athlete of the year award, Alexandra received the Most Outstanding Contribution award for her team and made history by becoming the first Griffins cross-country runner to be named CCAA All-Canadian.
Two other recipients of the Most Outstanding Contribution award, Kendra Huculak (women’s volleyball) and Zach Brown (men’s volleyball) have had an exceptional week, as both were named Academic All-Canadians by the Sport Information Resource Centre and the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (SIRC-CCAA) for achieving academic honours and for being name a league all-star in their sport.
Other MacEwan University students named SIRC-CCAA Academic All-Canadian athletes were Jessilyn Fairbanks (women’s basketball) and Alana Pinkoski (curling).
Complete list of award winners from the 2011-12 season:
Jacqueline Sealy Female Athlete of the Year
Alexandra Gordichuk – Women’s cross country
Bill Dean Male Athlete of the Year Award
Adam Bruce – Men’s golf
Murray Orvis Team of the Year Award
Minor Official of the Year
Courtney Knox, Kristen Monasterski, Justin Versteeg, Kathryn Schultz, Danielle Baxter, Loralie Gingras, Jayden Skoye, Sara Marouelli, Jenni Perri, Hilary Niederhaus, Brittney Peacher, Lucas Curran, Tyron Ehiwe, Adam Kerr, Kendra Huculak, Karly Melnyk, Wyatt Dogterom, Tej Pandher, Mark Van Durnnen
Team Award Winners
Most Improved – Erin MacKinnon
Most Outstanding Contribution – Kristen Monasterski
Most Improved – Adam Boyd
Most Outstanding Contribution – Mitch Lonsberry
Most Improved (women) – Kasi Boyd
Most Outstanding Contribution (women) – Alexandra Gordichuk
Most Improved (men) – Andrew Peters
Most Outstanding Contribution (men) – Kirk Sundt
Most Improved (women) – Carla Winter
Most Outstanding Contribution (women) – Kathryn Schultz
Most Improved (men) – Ben Bissell
Most Outstanding Contribution (men) – Jordan Steinke
Most Improved – Joni Nedeljak
Most Outstanding Contribution – Sara Marouelli
Most Improved – Shina Olantonde
Most Outstanding Contribution – Tommy Machul
Most Improved (women) – Rachel Whyte
Most Outstanding Contribution (women) – Megan Vermillion
Most Improved (men) – Cody Hancock
Most Outstanding Contribution (men) – Adam Bruce
Most Improved – Kyla Lorenz
Most Outstanding Contribution – Jayden Skoye
Most Improved – Darren Tarasoff
Most Outstanding Contribution – Adam Stephen
Most Improved – Tyra Adamic
Most Outstanding Contribution – Kendra Huculak
Most Improved – Jake Von Der Ohe
Most Outstanding Contribution – Zach Brown