SCI honours athletes at year-end banquet

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Stayner Collegiate Institute honoured the best of its athletes June 7 at the end of year athletics banquet.

In addition to awards in individual sports, seven students were named athlete of the year for their overall athletic abilities and commitment to school sports.

Maddie Holland and Ally McLeod shared the honour of being named senior female athletes of the year, while Jake Underhill and Gavin Proud were both named senior male athletes of the year.

Zach Knapper won junior male athlete of the year and Taylor Martin and Kyla Bourne are co-recipients of the junior female athlete of the year title.

All of the students were recognized for their athletic ability, leadership, sportsmanship, dedication and skill in multiple sports.

Underhill and McLeod were also awarded the Pursley Award, given to athletes who have made major contributions to SCI’s athletic program through leadership and involvement on inter-school athletic teams along with volunteer opportunities within our athletic program.

Underhill was recognized for his love of sport throughout his high school career and his valuable contributions to the athletic program.

“He is a very accomplished athlete who played soccer, volleyball, basketball, hockey, badminton and golf over the past four years and, in that time, received team awards by his various coaches as the most improved player, most sportsmanlike and most valuable player.  Along with these team awards, he was also recognized as athlete of the year in all four years he attended SCI,” said physical and health education department chair Corey French in his presentation speech. “In addition to his athletic accomplishments, he was a devoted member of Athletic Council who took on so many jobs including score keeping, lining the field, organizing intramural activities and even helping with coaching duties with the girls hockey, soccer and volleyball teams.”

McLeod was also recognized as a multi-sport athlete who has made many contributions to the athletics program over the past four years.

“As an athlete, she competed on the flag football, volleyball, basketball and soccer teams and her list of accomplishments include winning an MVP award in soccer and volleyball, being co-captain of last year’s GBSSA championship soccer team that went to OFSAA and winner of the junior and senior athlete of the year award in her Grade 10 and 12 years.

McLeod has taken on scheduling of intramural games, administrative duties, setting up for elementary tournaments, scorekeeping and producing the year-end athletic video.

“What’s even more astonishing about her, is that she did all this while balancing a hectic figure skating schedule, part-time jobs, maintaining academic excellence year after year and being president of student council over the past two years,” said French.

Photo: Gavin Proud, Jake Underhill, Maddie Holland, Ally McLeod, Taylor Martin and Zach Knapper. 

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