Muir, Duncan, Marcou honoured during DCVI’s Virtual Awards Ceremony
By Pat Payton
St. Marys DCVI athletes Ally Muir and Simon Duncan and teacher/coach Chris Marcou were presented with Colin Hood OFSAA awards on June 18. It was the night DCVI held a Virtual Awards Ceremony, organized by teacher/coach Annette Wrigley, to honour their top athletes and coaches for the 2019-20 season.
Sportsmanship and MVP awards were also presented to athletes on all school teams, and to DCVI’s top Grade 7-8, Grade 9, Junior and Senior athletes. The winner of the prestigious Graduating Athlete Award (Hazel Taylor) was announced that night as well during the 65-minute on-line ceremony.
Colin Hood awards
The Colin Hood OFSAA School Sport Award is named after retired OFSAA Executive Director Colin Hood. During his time at OFSAA (1992-2004), Hood set national precedents through his relentless dedication to school sport, developing all-inclusive OFSAA programs, as well as promoting and developing the high school athlete in this province. He is considered a true leader and role model in both the educational and sport sectors.
The Colin Hood awards are given out annually to one graduating male, one graduating female, and one coach in every school in the province who, throughout their high school career, have been committed to the success of sports at their school and within their association.
DCVI’s 2019-20 winners
Muir was presented with her Colin Hood award by teacher/coach Simon Bishop.
“She has played a number of sports, including badminton, Ultimate Frisbee, field hockey and tennis,” Bishop said in his address. “Despite having very little experience in tennis this past season, Ally and her partner Hazel Taylor were able to qualify for WOSSAA.
“Congratulations Ally Muir, you are more than deserving of this award.”
Duncan was presented with his Colin Hood award by teacher/coach Steve Chateauvert.
“Throughout his high school sports career, Simon has been a model athlete and a dedicated leader,” Chateauvert said. “He was always on time for practice, with a positive attitude. He would always help set up and take down equipment. He always worked to the best of his abilities in order to improve, and he always balanced playing competitively with demonstrating the utmost sportsmanship.
“The success of the teams that Simon was a part of are due in large part to his positive and caring nature. Simon has done these things since his first day of high school, and his leadership has continued to develop throughout the five years he has been a Saluki.
“I will miss Simon’s great sense of humour on the volleyball court next year,” Chateauvert added.
Other Colin Hood nominees for 2019-20 at DCVI were: Connor Aarts, Scott Bishop, Jelena Lorentz, Toto Saiyasen, Sean Slater, Hazel Taylor and Kayley Thompson.
Creates positive experiences
Teacher/coach Ian Moore made the presentation to Marcou.
“As a coach at DCVI, it’s always been obvious that Mr. Marcou creates a strong chemistry with his athletes,” Moore said. “He has many of the hard and soft skills needed to be an effective coach down to a science in all of the sports he coaches.
“He’s considered one of those ultimate coaches because of the positive experiences he creates for every athlete, whether it’s in practices or games. He knows when he needs to rack up the intensity or pull back and let the athletes play.
“He’s always creative and isn’t afraid to experiment in what he does. Whether he’s working with green athletes or seasoned veterans, little birdies are always telling me that his programs are a hole-in-one. This isn’t a back-hand comment when I say that his leadership at DCVI, Huron-Perth and WOSSAA has been a smash — especially in development of high school Ultimate Frisbee.
“He’s a very deserving and welcomed member to the Colin Hood Award winning club,” Moore added.
Colin Hood OFSAA Award Traits – These students are not necessarily the ‘all-star athlete,’ but the ones who never miss a practice and are always working in school, athletics and in the community. The recipients of this award are role models for other student-athletes through all aspects of their daily life.