Chargers celebrate seasonâs achievements
April 8, 2010
Student-athletes, coaches and supporters from the Camosun Chargers gathered at the Marriot Victoria Inner Harbour this evening to celebrate the athletic and academic achievements of student-athletes at the Collegeâs 16th annual awards ceremony .
Two Camosun student-athletes were awarded major prizes at the event which was emceed by âAâ Vancouver Island News sports anchor/reporters Mira Laurence and Jordan Cunningham.
Second-year wing/post Lauryn Kerr (St. Michaelâs University) from the Chargers womenâs basketball team earned her second consecutive Presidentâs Cup award for achieving the highest academic standing of her peers for the Fall 2009 semester (8.6 GPA) and for her high level of commitment to the Chargers athletics program.
âDespite not scoring the perfect 9.0 GPA she achieved as last yearâs recipient of the Presidentâs Cup, it is clear that Lauryn is a great example of how Camosunâs student-athletes are striving for absolute excellence,â smiled Camosun President Kathryn Laurin.
Described as âhighly motivatedâ when it comes to achieving good grades, Kerr was also portrayed as a great teammate and a down-to-earth individual who attributed much of her success to her parents. While undecided about her career goals, Kerr is exploring a possible future in law or business and has recently been accepted into Royal Roads Universityâs Bachelor of Commerce program which starts this September.
Fifth-year Camosun student-athlete Brent Hall from the Chargers menâs volleyball program was the recipient of the Linda Henderson Award for Excellence for demonstrating a high level of proficiency in the sport of volleyball and for his leadership abilities, involvement in the community and strength of character.
Hall joined the Chargers in Fall 2008 following three years playing in the CIS at Thompson River University. Among his many achievements at Camosun, he was the recipient of the 2009 Team Spirit award, the 2010 Menâs Volleyball Team Leadership award and the 2010 BCCAA Academic Excellence Award. He earned an 8.0 GPA in Fall 2009 in his full-time studies in Camosunâs Bachelor Athletic and Exercise Therapy program and served as the Student Athletic Therapist for the school teams at Spectrum Community School this past season.
Hall and four other Chargers student-athletes were recognized for their standout performances at the CCAA and BCCAA Championships. Hall, his teammate Josh Coutts and second-year post Teresa Hartrick from the womenâs basketball team, received BCCAA Tournament All-Stars while BCCAA Championship MVP honors went to Chelsea McMullen (womenâs basketball) and Aleks Saddlemyer (menâs volleyball). Saddlemyer also received a Second Team All-Star for his exceptional efforts at the CCAA National Championships.
Sponsored by Wilsonâs Transportation, a number of individual awards were presented to student-athletes for their outstanding academic and athletic performances within the BCCAA and CCAA conferences throughout the year. Included were: second-year libero from Claremont, Josh Coutts (BCCAA Menâs Volleyball Second Team All-Star); second-year post from Claremont, Teresa Hartrick (SIRC CCAA Academic All-Canadian and BCCAA Womenâs Basketball Second Team All-Star); second-year power from Spectrum, Tanisha Marcelle (SIRC CCAA Academic All-Canadian and BCCAA Womenâs Volleyball Second Team All-Star); second-year wing post from Prince George, Chelsea McMullen (SIRC CCAA Academic All-Canadian and BCCAA Womenâs Basketball First Team All-Star); first-year Pacific Christian grad and Chargers middle, Eric Riedstra (BCCAA Menâs Volleyball All-Rookie Team); third-year right side from Parklands, Aleks Saddlemyer (BCCAA Menâs Volleyball First Team All-Star); and fourth-year golf student-athlete from Abbotsford, Brett Webster (BCCAA Menâs Golf Individual Gold Medalist).
Four Camosun student-athletes received the BCCAA Academic Excellence Award sponsored by Accent Inns for achieving an academic honours standing over a minimum period of one full academic year and 27 credit hours. Included were Brent Hall (Bachelor of Athletic and Exercise Therapy), Lauryn Kerr (University Transfer), first-year post from Mt. Doug, Jasmine Paul (Nursing) and second-year libero from Bella Coola, Adrianna Waller (Associate of Arts).
Special recognition was given to head coach Brett Westcott on his third consecutive BCCAA Womenâs Basketball Coach of the Year awards for his outstanding program performance, program development and contributions to sport.
Five student-athletes were acknowledged for their Team Leadership throughout the year. Among those were Dylan Borgerson (menâs basketball), Kymber Gale (womenâs basketball), Brent Hall (menâs volleyball), Laura Ouilette (womenâs volleyball) and Kevin Walz (menâs golf).
Five additional student-athletes were recognized as Team Rookie. Those included Spectrum grad, Kelsey Fletcher (womenâs volleyball), Pacific Christian grad, Eric Riedstra (menâs volleyball), Rob Schellenberg from Winnipeg, MB (menâs basketball), Matt Tindale from Peterborough, ON (menâs golf) and Chelsea Wilson from Central Memorial in Calgary, AB.
A final group of Camosun athletes were honoured for motivating others through demonstrating outstanding character and a positive attitude. The Team Spirit award was presented to Beau Beveridge (menâs golf), Josh Coutts (menâs volleyball), Ryan Erikson (menâs basketball), Niki Lukat (womenâs basketball) and Ineke Rhebergen (womenâs volleyball).
Among the seasonâs highlights, the Chargers hosted their first-ever BCCAA Provincial Championship at home in the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence where the Camosun menâs volleyball team defended their 2009 title and earned the Collegeâs first Championship banner on home soil. The men went on to the CCAA National Championships where they tied for fifth. In womenâs basketball action, the Chargers earned a silver medal at the Provincial Championships and closed out the post-season as number eight of over 60 teams in the country. Camosunâs golf team also secured silver at the BCCAA Championships with a fifth place finish at Nationals.
âIt was another great year for us,â noted Camosun Recreation and Athletics Coordinator Graham Matthews. âThe achievements of our student-athletes and coaches continue to astound me. Iâm very proud of all their hard work and accomplishments.â
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