By Pat Payton
There were several Major Awards handed out at DCVI on Wednesday, June 13 as the school held its annual athletic awards social.
The following are short summaries on the 13 athletes who won these Major Awards. Athletes had to play on a minimum of three school sports teams to qualify for these awards.
Among Grade 9 females, Ava Bettger was selected MVP. Presenter Jess Chateauvert said coaches described Bettger as an extremely coachable, dedicated and hard-working athlete.
“She is a natural athlete with great court sense, whose dedication is noticed by others. As a result, her skills grew throughout the year which led to the success of many DCVI teams.”
Bettger was a member of five school teams.
Anna McIntosh and Lili Smith shared the sportsmanship award. Presenter Monica Ryan said McIntosh and Smith were “great sports, excellent athletes and great teammates.”
For Grade 9 males, Ethan Aarts was named MVP.
Presenter Nathan Good noted that Aarts posted a top-10 finish in OFSAA competitions four times this past season. He was third in Nordic skiing in Sudbury.
“Ethan’s dedication, hard work and positive attitude resulted in four OFSAA top-10 finishes this year,” Good said.
Aaron Waugh received the sportsmanship award.
“This student earned the respect of his coaches and teammates through the great effort he put forth in practice, his support for the team during games (on and off the field) as well as by consistently demonstrating respect for his opponents and officials,” said presenter Kristin DeBrabandere.
Kayley Thompson was chosen MVP among the Junior females.
Presenter Jess Chateauvert said Thompson has a “positive attitude second to none” and is an athlete who gives “100 per cent” and is a “pleasure” to coach.
“She works hard to improve her skills and as a result shows growth throughout the season. She encourages her teammates to be their best at all times.”
Thompson was a member of six school teams.
Hazel Taylor accepted the sportsmanship award.
“Hazel is one of the most positive, happy athletes I have ever come across,” said presenter Annette Wrigley. Taylor was also a member of six school teams.
“Hazel struggled with a nagging shin injury this entire year. She ran cross-country in pain, she skied with pain and when it came to track and field, she chose to let her legs have a rest. Instead of saying, ‘nah, this year I won’t do track,’ she decided that she would just join the ‘field’ athletes,” Wrigley said.
Duncan Massie, who was a member of seven different DCVI teams, is this year’s Junior male MVP.
Presenter Ian Moore said Massie is an athlete who “can do everything; he’s phenomenal. He makes all his teams and everybody around him better. He works hard and has a positive attitude.”
Moore added: “His respect for himself, his coaches, opponents and officials is always on display, despite being extremely competitive.”
Connor Aarts, who played on six teams, receiving the sportsmanship honour. He was named most sportsmanlike in soccer and MVP in tennis.
“Connor is clearly a well-rounded athlete, but more than that Connor brings a positive and mature attitude to whatever team he’s a part of,” said presenter Steve Chateauvert. “The most impressive thing about Connor is his maturity and sports IQ. He is constantly looking for ways to improve on his athletic ability and understanding of the sports he’s playing.”
Among Senior females, Abbey Thorup was named MVP.
“ I think if you have ever played with or against Abbey or coached her, you will find yourself nodding your head and saying to yourself . . . “Yep, that’s Abbey,” said presenter Chris Marcou.
“Abbey leads by example, competing and playing as hard at practice as during games. Abbey has only two levels of effort: competing or not competing. (When) she is on the court or the field, she is giving everything she’s got . . . there is no half-speed with Abbey.
“I think many people in this room would agree with me when I say that Abbey is among the most skilled and talented athletes that I have had the pleasure to coach.”
Laura Vink took home the sportsmanship award.
Presenter Gregg Blackler said Vink is an athlete who “plays with a smile on her face.” He added that she’s a “great teammate” who always displays sportsmanship and is very mature with both opponents and referees. “She’s fiercely competitive, but keeps calm,” he said. “She’s a binding force that keeps teams together.”
Blackler noted that Vink played in three different OFSAA competitions this year.
Mitch Watt is the 2017-18 Senior male MVP.
Presenter Brian Chalupka raved about Watt’s contributions on the basketball court. He says Watt is a deft three-point shooter, who possesses an excellent basketball IQ, and is one of the best players he’s ever coached. “Mitch has a great desire to win, has strong leadership skills and enjoys playing and competing.”
He added that Watt has a “wonderful, wonderful attitude” as well.
The Senior sportsmanship award went to Mackenzie Forman.
“Mackenzie is a relatively quiet individual … unless you talk to him about his true passion, mountain biking,” said presenter Annette Wrigley. Forman was involved in four sports this season.
“In all sports, he is not the outspoken “leader,” but is more of the backup-singer or the lead stage crew. He lays low, is an extremely hard worker, and is always offering to help clean up afterwards,” she said.