Chargers volleyball student-athlete Michelle Zygmunt spikes post-secondary career with prestigious President’s Cup
Release date: April 27, 2017
Student-athletes, coaches and supporters of the Camosun College Chargers gathered to recognize the achievements of the College's student-athletes at Camosun's 23rd Annual Athletic Awards Ceremony, Thursday, April 10th at the Harbour Towers Hotel.
Fourth-year outside hitter Michelle Zygmunt of the Camosun Chargers women’s volleyball program team earned the prestigious President’s Cup for her outstanding academic and athletic achievements over the 2016-17 season. Zygmunt led the Chargers to a silver medal finish at this year’s Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) National Women’s Volleyball Championship – the program’s highest all-time achievement. Michelle went on to be named MVP of the championship, becoming the fifth individual in the 42-year history of the CCAA to receive the honour as a non-gold medalist.
Soon to graduate with a diploma in Camosun’s Fine Furniture and Joinery Foundations program and her Carpentry Level 1 Apprenticeship, Michelle received a 91% GPA for the 2016 Fall semester. She received the PACWEST Academic Excellence award earlier this year for maintaining an academic honours standing from Fall 2015 to Fall 2016 and was named a CCAA Academic All-Canadian for her combined academic and athletic achievements.
“Being a Charger has presented me with the opportunity for growth both as an athlete and a student,” stated Zygmunt. “I have been able to create long lasting relationships and receive an education while playing a sport that I love.”
Presenting Michelle with the award was Camosun College President Sherri Bell. “I am continually impressed by the incredible achievements made by student-athletes like Michelle,” she stated. “Camosun is extremely proud of the accomplishments all the Chargers have made.”
President's Cup winner Michelle Zygmunt, Women's Volleyball
Derek Twomey Scholarship for Sport
The Derek Twomey Scholarship for Sport was awarded to fifth-year Chargers men’s volleyball left-side Savana Walkingbear (Thunderchild First Nation, SK) who was selected for his passion, indomitable spirit and desire to give back to his community.
CCAA and PACWEST Awards
Twelve student-athletes were recognized for their outstanding academic and athletic accomplishments at the Provincial and National levels. Sponsored by Accent Inns and Wilson’s Transportation, the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) and Pacific Western Athletic Association (PACWEST) awards were presented to:
|Matthew Bowers||Men’s Volleyball|| |
|Kathryn Candell||Women’s Basketball|| |
|Stephanie Galitzine||Women’s Volleyball|| |
|Megan Ireland||Women’s Volleyball|| |
|Mac Keats||Men’s Golf|| |
|Matt Matheson||Men’s Golf|| |
|Morgan Monkman||Women’s Volleyball|| |
|Mia Roberts||Women’s Basketball|| |
|Savana Walkingbear||Men’s Volleyball|| |
|Douglass Waterman||Men’s Volleyball|| |
|Elion Wong||Men’s Volleyball|| |
|Michelle Zygmunt||Women’s Volleyball|| |
Five student-athletes were recognized as Team Rookie. Included were Matt Bowers – men’s volleyball (Milton, ON), Megan Ireland – women’s volleyball (G.P. Vanier, Courtenay), Mia Roberts – women’s basketball (St. Michaels, Victoria) and Jack Wenstob – men’s basketball (Belmont, Victoria).
Five additional student-athletes were acknowledged for their Team Leadership throughout the year. Among those were AJ Beaudry – men’s basketball (Winnipeg, MB), Mike Flegel – men’s golf (Moose Jaw, SK), Kayla Nixon – women’s volleyball (Calgary, AB), Håkon Østrem – men’s volleyball (Tromso, Norway) and Isla Swanwick – women’s basketball (Belmont, Victoria).
A final group of Camosun athletes received the Team MVP award and included Kathryn Candell – women’s basketball (Pacific Christian), Mac Keats – men’s golf (Cochrane, AB), Andrew Larson – men’s basketball (Cowichan Sec, Duncan), Savana Walkingbear – men’s volleyball (Thunderchild First Nation, SK) and Michelle Zygmunt – women’s volleyball (Abbotsford, BC).
Camosun also recognized 14 student-athletes graduating from the Chargers athletics program for their valued contributions:
|Sport||Name||High School||Year||Playing History|
|Men’s Basketball||AJ Beaudry||Winnipeg, MB||5th Year|| |
|Lucas Derksen||Saskatoon, SK||4th Year|| |
|Ted Neilson||Dover Bay, Nanaimo||5th Year|| |
|Rulon Schmidt||Cowichan Sec, Duncan||5th Year|| |
|Evan Woodson||Oak Bay, Victoria||5th Year|| |
|Men’s Golf||Mac Keats||Cochrane, AB||5th Year|| |
|Matt Matheson||West Van, BC||4th Year|| |
|Scott Merriam||Cranbrook, BC||3rd Year|| |
|Women’s Volleyball||Katie Fetting||Lethbridge, AB||5th Year|| |
|Lainey Jantzi||Parksville, BC||5th Year|| |
|Michelle Zygmunt||Abbotsford, BC||4th Year|| |
|Men’s Volleyball||Matthew Cantin||Prince Albert, SK||4th Year|| |
|Gabriel Freund||Richmond, BC||3rd Year|| |
|Tyler Remenda||Calgary, AB||5th Year|| |
|Savana Walkingbear||Thunderchild First Nation, SK||5th Year|| |
This year’s medal finishes for the Chargers included:
- Men’s Golf: PACWEST Provincial Gold Medalists
- Men’s Volleyball: PACWEST Provincial Gold Medalists
- Women’s Volleyball: CCAA National Silver Medalists
“This was another great year for the Chargers,” said Camosun Recreation and Athletics Coordinator Graham Matthews. “We are extremely proud of the achievements made by our student-athletes and coaches and look forward to hosting the CCAA National Men’s Volleyball Championship in March 2018!”
Camosun Recreation and Athletics Coordinator