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By Denis Lafontaine

                    SPECIAL ATHLETICS EVENTS                    
May 20, 2013


Below are the Special Awards which are presented at the end of the evening. These awards include among others, the Coach of the Year Award, the Outstanding Contribution Award as well as the Male & Female Athletes of the Year awards.


This award is presented to the female athlete who exhibited the highest degree of accomplishment during 2012-2013.
This year's winner, Frédérique Potvin, is a repeat winner of the same award from last year, a rare accomplishment!
Frédérique is seen below with Monique Magnan, Vanier College's Director of Services for Students.

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(To present this award, I would like to call on stage the director of the Student Services: Monique Magnan

Before announcing the winner, we would like to recognize three nominations for the award and ask the nominees to stand at their table when announced:

The first nominee is from the Flag football team: This second year player is one of the most driven to push forward and get her team going. She commits to training all-year around as she excels in many other sports at the elite level. She is a member of the national team for both ringette and tackle football. She is a very versatile player as she stepped in as a quarterback, a receiver and even on defense, where she had many interceptions. She made an impact as she was recognized as a league all-star. The first nominee from the Flag football team: Emilie P. Bélanger.

The second nominee is from the soccer team: Already a recipient of an academic achievement award this evening, this rookie had a huge role in the team’s success this season that earned them the division title. She is very quick and impressive with the ball and has amazing passing abilities. She can score and made her teammate score in many ways. The first year health science student led the team and also the RSEQ division 2 league in scoring with 10 goals in just 8 games. The second nominee from the soccer team: Claudia Agozzino.

The third nominee is from the basketball team: This player led the league in scoring as well as in assists which is a very rare accomplishment. She was honored by the RSEQ league as a 1st team all-star, was also named the league M.V.P. and also received the prestigious honor of CCAA All-Canadian – an honor only received by 10 players in the country for the second year in a row. She will attend the University of Pittsburgh next season on a full athletic scholarship. The third nominee from the basketball team: Frédérique Potvin.

Please put your hands together for the 2013 FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR from the women’s basketball team


This award is presented to the male athlete who exhibited the highest degree of accomplishment.
The recipient this year is Hugo Richard, quarterback for the championship-winning Vanier College
Football Cheetahs. Hugo can be seen below next to Assistant Athletic Coordinator, Helen Bastos.

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Presented by: Helena Bastos from the Athletic department

Here are the three nominations for the male athlete of the year award:
The first nominee is from the basketball Division 2 team: Don’t let his quiet demeanor off the court fool you; he comes ready to play every game for a full 40 minutes, with his defensive intensity and aggressive offence, and teams fear him on both ends of the floor. His impact on this team is unlike any other player; a leader in his own right, his teammates look for him to lead by example. He’s known for putting up big numbers on the scoreboard or coming up with the big play when needed. He was recently selected to RSEQ league All-star and M.V.P. of his team during the All-star game. The first nominee from the basketball Division 2 team: Jérémie Mbengo-Diluwa.

The second nominee is from the football team: A RSEQ all-star, he led the league in passing yardage with 2188 yards, in touchdowns passes with 16 and rushing touchdowns with 9. He also led the team in rushing with 476 yards. As a QB, he also led Team Canada to a world championship defeating the US in the championship game. What makes this athlete so special is his versatility. His ability to run the ball gave trouble to opposing teams as they had to defend both attacks. He was named the game M.V.P. and led his team to their 4th Bol d’Or in the past 7 years. His competitive nature, his leadership qualities have enabled him to establish himself as the premier player in Division 1 football and also named the number 1 player by Versus Quebec for upcoming 2013 season. The second nominee from the football team: Hugo Richard.

The third nominee is from the Division 1 basketball team: This second year player was a RSEQ league all-star (3rd overall in voting so just missing an all-Canadian award). He was 4th in the league in scoring, 2nd in free throw shooting and steals and 9th in field goal percentage. This athletic guard was also 2nd on the team in both rebounding and assists. In addition to all this, he has been a model citizen and a solid academic performer who is graduating in social science in 2 years. The third nominee from the basketball team: Tevonn Walker.

Vanier College 2013 Male Athlete of the Year – from the football team, #2


This award is presented to a person who has shown exceptional leadership and success as a coach of a varsity
team at Vanier. This year's recipient is football head coach, Peter Chryssomalis. Peter led the Cheetahs to their
4th championship in the last 7 years. He accepts the award below from Mireille Béland, Athletic Coordinator.

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Presented by Athletic Coordinator: Mireille Béland

Due to the successful year that many of our teams have enjoyed this year it is very difficult to single only one person out for special recognition as three teams took home RSEQ Banners. This year’s recipient has been a head coach at Vanier for already 9 years. He brought the program a lot of recognition with many league titles and championships. He has assembled a great coaching unit which is a reflection of his leadership abilities. Under his guidance, the Cheetahs went 9 and 1 this season. They avenged that only loss by beating Lennoxville in the Bol d’Or game, making it 4 championships for the last 7 years for coach Pete. He is very demanding on his players teaching them to show class, to have pride, and to display character. Winning then takes care of itself.
We are honoured and privileged to have him head our football program.

It is my pleasure to announce that the 2013 coaching award goes to PETER CHRYSSOMALIS head coach of the football team.


This Award is presented to a person who has shown exemplary commitment to the service of Athletics at
Vanier College. The recipient this year is Max Hanna, Head Athletic Therapist for Vanier Cheetah teams.
He is seen below with the Sports Complex Manager, Linda Macpherson.

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(Introduced by Monique Magnan, Director of Services for Students.)

I wish to take this opportunity to thank a number of people who also help out with our athletics programs in with different contributions.

Kim Muncey and Paul Price who act as are academic coaches for student-athletes.

Tom Ingerman in Admissions, who spends lots of time following up on the admission process of our recruits.

The  VCSA for their continued support through the years and for their generous contribution for the door prizes tonight.

Marilyn More, Anita McManus, Marco Passuci and all of the advisors who assists in the schedule building of the athletes and ensuring that they have what they need to go to the next step, whether it is the NCAA or CIS schools and is overall a great resource for student-athletes.

Denis Lafontaine, our web master, for countless hours of volunteering to update our athletic website and for tweeting score updates.

Max Hanna our head athletic therapist, Sonia Admani his assistant and all of their student-therapists who are volunteers with each of the teams.

Last but not least, Ritchie, from the equipment room, who give such great service to our many coaches and athletes.

But now, on to this year’s award presentation for Outstanding Contribution.

(Award is presented by Linda Macpherson, Sports Complex Manager.)

The individual being recognized for outstanding contribution this year epitomizes what this award is all about. He started at Vanier College in 2005 as a student volunteer while studying at University. He has progressed from there to running one of the most comprehensive medical support systems that you will find at this level anywhere across the country. In addition to having access to injury treatment second to none, athletes at Vanier College also benefit from the strength and conditioning programs he has put together and aqua fitness sessions he leads every Friday afternoon.

By spending countless extra time and effort to help train and educate students from Concordia University’s athletic therapy program, he has established Vanier as a first choice selection for them to do their field and clinical stages. This was recognized by the CTSQ (la Corporation des Thérapeutes du Sports du Quebec) as he won the Outstanding Student Athletic Therapist Internship Provider Award. This award is given to CTSQ members who have given tirelessly of themselves to provide time, support, and guidance to CTSQ members on their quest to becoming successful Certified Athletic Therapists.

His dedication and total commitment to Vanier student athletes and willingness to go the extra mile to benefit the Cheetahs has made him this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Contribution Award. Let’s put our hands together for Vanier College Head athletic therapist: Max Hanna!


Olivia D'Eugenio is the first ever overall winner from the Women's Soccer team. She maintained a 93% average.

(No photo is available as Olivia was unable to attend the Awards Banquet.)


This award recognizes those student-athletes who have achieved an academic average of 80% or higher in the 2012 fall semester while competing for the College.

This year we had no fewer than 55 dedicated student-athletes who were presented awards. View the full list.

Among the winners were six student-athletes who maintained averages above 90%. Five of the six are listed below:

Patricia Michelena, Volleyball
Catherine Couillard, Basketball,
Catherine Desbiens, Basketball
Erika Kinnear, Cheerleading
Aviva Lessard, Rugby

But the Academic Achievement Award for the top student athlete, was won this year by Olivia D'Eugenio, studying in the Health Science Honours program.

Olivia was the first women’s soccer player to be ever named top student athlete. She cumulated an average of 93% while completing seven courses.

Bravo, Olivia!

(There is a link at the bottom of this page to photos of all Acadmic Achievement Award winners who attended the awards banquet.)


This award is given to students who have demonstrated excellence and commitment in both Sports and Mathematics.
There were three winners this year. Seen below with Monique Magnan, Director of Services for Students are from left:
Brendan Coffey (Football), Catherine Couillard (Basketball) and Anis Kali (Football).

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Presented by Director of Services for Students: Monique Magnan

The next presentation is the Lloyd Elder Scholarship. Lloyd is a former physical education teacher at Vanier for a 24 year period before he passed away with leukemia. In recognition of his contribution as a Physical Education teacher for all those years, the College set up the annual Lloyd Elder Memorial Scholarship.

This $350 scholarship, established in his memory, is awarded annually to a returning Vanier College student who has demonstrated personal excellence and commitment in both Sports and Mathematics
This year we are proud to announce that actually three student-athletes have won the award and will each receive a scholarship:

Brendan Coffey (Football), Catherine Couillard (Basketball), and Anis Kali (Football)

Congratulations to you all!


This award is given in recognition of a specific set of qualities which include leadership, effort and
character as well as personal integrity. This year's recipient is Emily Prévost of the Women's Basketball team.

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This award will be presented by Vanier alumni Nick Katerinakis:

Nick is a Vanier alumni, a dual sport athlete and one of the members of our National Championship winning basketball team in 1987. Nick wanted to give something back to the program, so he has pledged a $500 annual donation to be awarded to a student athlete. The Cheetah Leadership award recognizes a student-athlete who is displaying great leadership, effort and character while competing in Athletics and accomplishing academic success while demonstrating integrity as a student-athlete.

This year’s first nominee has been the driving force behind the men’s  soccer team during the past season. Although he is only a first year, he has been a leader on and off the field. He has demonstrated great passion for the game. His charismatic personality makes him a great communicator. He pushed himself and his teammates to work hard. One of the top players, he was a nominee for a league all-star and earned all-star status in the indoor league. He always exhibits positive energy, has a strong presence and is well respected by all. Let’s applaud for Kent Frimpong.

This year’s second nominee is a model of what we want our Vanier student-athletes to be. He is a very dedicated team member and a responsible young man who provides the team with great leadership. He is a player on the football team who is well respected by all his teammates for his leadership abilities. A very humble individual, he was co-captain and an all-star linebacker of the team. They had a tremendous season returning home with the Bol d’Or. This committed Social Science student will return next season for his third and final year. Please put your hands together for Jean-Gabriel Poulin.

This year’s third nominee comes from the women’s basketball team. This student-athlete is confident and courageous, competent and empathetic, as well as honest and has integrity. As captain for the past two seasons, she has earned the respect of teammates and other student-athletes, not by the volume of words, but by the strength of her actions. In this role, she has brought her team through adversities and led them to victories, both large and small. Already a recipient of an academic achievement award this evening, she also earned the CCAA Academic All-Canadian award this season. She is a true model of what we hope our student athletes will become. Let’s applaud for: Emily Prévost

And now it is my pleasure to announce this year’s recipient of the CHEETAH LEADERSHIP AWARD is :
Emily Prévost from the women’s Basketball team.


This scholarship is given in recognition of hard work and sportsmanship. The award is sponsored by the
Eva R. Gsum Foundation and Money Mart. This year's recipients are Janie Vigneault of the Women's
Basketball team and Chris Henny-Nyanguila of the Division 1 Men's basketball Cheetahs.

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Janie Vigneault (right) accepts the award from her coach, Ruby Viray

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Chris Henny-Nyanguila (left) accepts the award from his coach, Andy Hertzog


The EVA R. GSUM Foundation was created by 4 individuals, including 2 Vanier basketball alumni, and is dedicated to helping young student-athletes participate in organized sports.

The award is a new $250 scholarship sponsored by Money Mart is awarded to a member of the Vanier Division 1 women’s basketball team and a $500 scholarship awarded to a member of the Division 1 men's basketball team.

These awards are given to a student in good academic standing who has demonstrated hard work and sportsmanship, and who has improved their basketball skills and knowledge.

The recipients for this year are:
Janie Vigneault and Chris Henny-Nyanguila.



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