Junior and Senior athletes at DCVI honoured during Virtual Awards Ceremony
By Pat Payton
A total of 21 Major Athletic Award winners were announced on the night of June 18 as St. Marys DCVI held a Virtual Awards Ceremony to honour its athletes and coaches.
The following are the awards (sportsmanship and most valuable players) that were presented to the top Junior and Senior student-athletes for the 2019-20 season.
The on-line ceremony, lasting approximately 65 minutes, was organized by teacher/coach Annette Wrigley.
MAJOR ATHLETIC AWARD WINNERS FOR 2019-20
Junior Female – Audrey Littlejohn, sportsmanship; Lydia Taylor MVP.
The sportsmanship award was presented by teacher/coach Chris Marcou, who describes Littlejohn as an athlete who leads by example.
“I have coached Audrey for the past two years on our Ultimate Frisbee team, and sportsmanship is a fundamental part of the game,” Marcou said. “In my coaching experience, Audrey is probably the best at maintaining her fierce competitiveness, while still having the respect for her opponents and her teammates as well. That’s not an easy thing to do.”
Teacher/coach Jessica Chateauvert presented the MVP award. Taylor excelled in a number of school sports, including volleyball, Nordic skiing, field hockey and cross-country running.
“Mrs. Wrigley and I shared Lydia during both the fall and winter seasons as she committed herself to more than one sport and juggled many practices and competitions,” Chateauvert said. “She averted numerous conflicts between volleyball games and ski races due to the unpredictable weather we experienced this season.
“In cross-country running, Lydia was asked to move up to run with the Senior girls to create a team. Her contribution helped the team advance to OFSAA, a feat not accomplished by Saluki runners since 1995. During the winter season, Lydia skied very well, earning a 15th-place finish individually at OFSAA.
“Lydia is an athlete who is very coachable and demonstrates leadership skills with her teammates. Her hard work continued to pay off throughout the year as she experienced a lot of success,” Chateauvert added.
Other Junior girl nominees were: Julia Cameron, Josie Corby, Kaitie Gratton, Emily Shrubsole and Vanessa Vernooy.
Junior Male – Brady Medd, sportsmanship; Jake Littlejohn, MVP.
Teacher/coach Ian Moore presented the sportsmanship award. He describes Medd as a positive leader.
“Brady is one of the most positive, cheerful and enthusiastic students that the coaches at DCVI have had,” Moore said. “Regardless of how things are going, Brady is the eternal optimist that works on creating an atmosphere at both practices and competitions that makes it hard-working and fun.
“The support he gives his fellow athletes, whether he is on the sidelines or in competitions, is unwavering. The respect he shows for everyone in sports, from coaches to fellow athletes and officials, is outstanding.”
The MVP award was also presented by Moore, who calls Littlejohn a natural athlete.
“Jake is one of those athletes who has the rare combination of skill and work ethic,” Moore said. “He’s one of those athletes who strives and works to get better at everything he does.
“As a Grade 10 playing on the Senior boys volleyball team, he was a starter who played an integral part throughout the Huron-Perth league play and particularly in the WOSSAA championship game. On the ski team, his willingness to listen and to understand how to do the skills was impressive. More important, his willingness to put in his own time by going up north to practice skiing paid off. He missed the gold medal at OFSAA Nordic by .04 seconds.
“He’s a quiet leader in everything that he does, he’s a very talented athlete and a much-deserving winner.”
Other Junior boy nominees were: Jack Aarts, Mason Boonstra, Kirk Boreham, Thomas Kooy, Carter McDougall, Colby Older, Ben Richardson, Zach Rooney and Ben Turner.
Senior Female – Jelena Lorentz, sportsmanship; Kayley Thompson, MVP.
Teacher/coach Monica Ryan made the presentation of the sportsmanship award. She portrays Lorentz as both an “amazing” athlete and human being.
“I had the pleasure of coaching Jelena in Senior girls basketball and she was a contributing member of the badminton and cross-country teams as well,” Ryan said. “Jelena is the type of team player who never misses practice. She would show up early and set up equipment. She even provided rides to teammates so we actually had enough players for practice.
“She loved learning and did a lot of work on her own. Her passion for sports is present in the DCVI community through her work coaching Thursday night basketball and teaching (martial arts) at the DoJo. It’s been a pleasure coaching Jelena.”
The MVP award was presented by teacher/coach Steve Chateauvert, who said Thompson was a “significant contributor” to the three school teams she played on.
“All of her coaches mentioned that she was a positive role model to her teammates through her attendance and work ethic at practice, in addition to her enviable athletic talents,” Chateauvert said.
“As a veteran on the field hockey team, she was often the best player on the field, keeping the team in many close games and coming close to pulling off big upsets against stronger competition. She also played an important role in mentoring younger players on the team. She always came to morning practices with a positive and hard-working attitude, which isn’t always easy being outside at 6:45 a.m. in October.
“On the volleyball team, she was always the hardest-working player at practice, and she made up for lack of vertical abilities by working hard to improve and playing relentless defence. Her coach shared that she was great on the badminton team. She was always positive during practices and games, and was willing to work with anyone and everyone. She is a competitive spirit, but not at the expense of her sportsmanship.”
Other Senior girl nominees were: Ellie Bramham, Katie Brine, Sophie Brockman, Lily Daum, Shyann Mills, Ally Muir, Lili Smith, Hazel Taylor and Emily Vink.
Senior Male – Joe Hutton and Sean Slater, co-sportsmanship; Duncan Massie, MVP.
Teacher/coach Annette Wrigley made the presentation of the sportsmanship award. She describes the co-winners as two outstanding athletes for several reasons.
“Both are positive, encouraging and enthusiastic,” Wrigley said. “Both are also extremely hard-working, dedicated and very coachable.
“Joe Hutton is encouraging and enthusiastic, not just about his own accomplishments, but more so about others. He’s genuinely thoughtful and always respectful of his teammates and his competitors. He is easily an MVP player, but his sportsmanship really stands out.
“Sean Slater can always be relied upon to lead by example and to model great sportsmanship. He gives 100 percent in all races, with a commitment to integrity, respectful nature and leadership on the team. I will truly miss both of these athletes.”
The MVP award was presented by Chris Marcou, who describes Massie as both a great practice and game athlete.
“This recipient is usually amongst the most talented on the field or the court or the track,” Marcou said. “He has the skill and talent that a lot of us can only dream to have.
“This particular individual pays attention and listens, is coachable, gives 100 percent at practice and that leads to great results at the games. He helps to make teammates better, that’s a key as an MVP. Everybody is a better athlete when this particular person is on the field or court.
“Actions say it all. He’s not a big talker; he’d rather do it. And this probably is the most important, every team that this person participates on they would struggle without him.”
Other Senior boy nominees were: Connor Aarts, Ethan Aarts, Scott Bishop, Simon Duncan, Jarod Medd, Toto Saiyasen, Scott Standeaven, Jack Thorup and Aaron Waugh.
Sportsmanship Award Traits – respect for officials, teammates, fans, coaches and opposition – positive influence towards the team, on and off the court – encourage teammates to demonstrate positive behaviour and leads by example – displays a strong work ethic and sense of pride in practices and games – accepts both winning and losing with class.
MVP Award Traits – demonstrates outstanding skill or talent – has a tenacious desire to do well – exhibits strong leadership during the games and practices – makes major contributions to the team – shows a commitment to the team and sport through attendance, effort and play – always puts forth a 100 percent effort.