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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 College’s 16th annual awards ceremony .

Two Camosun student-athletes were awarded major prizes at the event which was emceed by ‘A’ Vancouver Island News sports anchor/reporters Mira Laurence and Jordan Cunningham.

Second-year wing/post Lauryn Kerr (St. Michael’s University) from the Chargers women’s basketball team earned her second consecutive President’s 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.

“Despite not scoring the perfect 9.0 GPA she achieved as last year’s recipient of the President’s Cup, it is clear that Lauryn is a great example of how Camosun’s student-athletes are striving for absolute excellence,” smiled Camosun President Kathryn Laurin.

Described as “highly motivated” 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 University’s Bachelor of Commerce program which starts this September.

Fifth-year Camosun student-athlete Brent Hall from the Chargers men’s 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 Men’s 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 Camosun’s 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 women’s basketball team, received BCCAA Tournament All-Stars while BCCAA Championship MVP honors went to Chelsea McMullen (women’s basketball) and Aleks Saddlemyer (men’s volleyball). Saddlemyer also received a Second Team All-Star for his exceptional efforts at the CCAA National Championships.

Sponsored by Wilson’s 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 Men’s Volleyball Second Team All-Star); second-year post from Claremont, Teresa Hartrick (SIRC CCAA Academic All-Canadian and BCCAA Women’s Basketball Second Team All-Star); second-year power from Spectrum, Tanisha Marcelle (SIRC CCAA Academic All-Canadian and BCCAA Women’s Volleyball Second Team All-Star); second-year wing post from Prince George, Chelsea McMullen (SIRC CCAA Academic All-Canadian and BCCAA Women’s Basketball First Team All-Star); first-year Pacific Christian grad and Chargers middle, Eric Riedstra (BCCAA Men’s Volleyball All-Rookie Team); third-year right side from Parklands, Aleks Saddlemyer (BCCAA Men’s Volleyball First Team All-Star); and fourth-year golf student-athlete from Abbotsford, Brett Webster (BCCAA Men’s 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 Women’s 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 (men’s basketball), Kymber Gale (women’s basketball), Brent Hall (men’s volleyball), Laura Ouilette (women’s volleyball) and Kevin Walz (men’s golf).

Five additional student-athletes were recognized as Team Rookie. Those included Spectrum grad, Kelsey Fletcher (women’s volleyball), Pacific Christian grad, Eric Riedstra (men’s volleyball), Rob Schellenberg from Winnipeg, MB (men’s basketball), Matt Tindale from Peterborough, ON (men’s 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 (men’s golf), Josh Coutts (men’s volleyball), Ryan Erikson (men’s basketball), Niki Lukat (women’s basketball) and Ineke Rhebergen (women’s volleyball).

Among the season’s highlights, the Chargers hosted their first-ever BCCAA Provincial Championship at home in the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence where the Camosun men’s volleyball team defended their 2009 title and earned the College’s first Championship banner on home soil. The men went on to the CCAA National Championships where they tied for fifth. In women’s 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. Camosun’s golf team also secured silver at the BCCAA Championships with a fifth place finish at Nationals.

“It was another great year for us,” noted Camosun Recreation and Athletics Coordinator Graham Matthews. “The achievements of our student-athletes and coaches continue to astound me. I’m very proud of all their hard work and accomplishments.”


Bonita Joe
Camosun College Chargers Athletics

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