Anna Carruthers named CCI junior athlete of the year

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The accolades continue for 15-year-old Avening resident Anna Carruthers.

The Grade 10 Collingwood Collegiate Institute (CCI) student was honored this week as the Female Junior Athlete of the Year. The award was handed out at the CCI athletic banquet on Tuesday, June 5. She also took home awards for cross-country running and track and field.

Contributing to her overall excellence Carruthers was cited for her accomplishments in all three sports in which she competes. Her track and cross country running coach Al Coukell stated proudly on Tuesday night, “Whether it is on the trails, on the track or on the slopes she is one of CCI’s and one of Ontario’s best.”

As a top track athlete in both the 1,500- and 3,000-metre races Carruthers has been the regional Georgian Bay Secondary School Athletic (GBSSA) champion. Then going on to be a top-10 finisher at the Ontario Federation of Secondary School Athletic (OFSAA) championships in the 1,500 metre. In the winter she was a key member of the double gold medal OFSAA downhill ski team. In the fall Carruthers was the GBSSA Cross Country running champion leading the CCI team to a fine showing sixth at OFSAA.

Carruthers told The Echo, “Hard work, dedication and doing something I love made it an honour to win these awards.”

Photo: Anna Carruthers was presented the Female Junior Athlete of the Year Award at the CCI athletic awards banquet Tuesday from coach Al Coukell.

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