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                    SPECIAL ATHLETICS EVENTS                    
2014-2015 VANIER ATHLETIC AWARDS CEREMONY
VANIER CELEBRATES ITS BEST AND BRIGHTEST ATHLETES
May 14, 2015


SPECIAL AWARDS

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.


FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARD - CAROLINE TASK

This award is presented to the female athlete who exhibited the highest degree of accomplishment during 2014-2015. This year's winner is Caroline Task of the Division 1 Women's Basketball team. Caroline is seen below at right with Helen Bastos, Assistant Athletic Coordinator.

TEXT FROM THE PRESENTATION:

To present this award, I would like to call on stage the Helen Basos, our Assistant Athletic Coordinator here at Vanier.

This year's winner is a determined individual; she works at her game 11 out of the 12 months, and is determined to get better for herself and her team. What makes this nominee special is her work ethic and her perseverance. She led the Cheetahs with an average of 11.2 points per game. Her overall assist/steal to turn over ratio is 71/52, a very positive stat for a point guard. She is known to be a “gamer” never giving up, and always working her hardest until the very last second.

Our Female Athlete of the year will receive a $400.00 bursary. We would like to thank Bar-B-Barns for their $200 bursary and the Vanier Foundation for their $200 bursary as well.

Please put your hands together for the 2015 FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR from the Division 1 Women's Basketball team: CAROLINE TASK.


MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARD - ABDUL KAMANÉ

This award is presented to the male athlete who exhibited the highest degree of accomplishment. The recipient this year is Abdul Kamané, star player for the Vanier College Division 1 Basketball Cheetahs. Abdul is seen at right accepting the award from Monique Magnan, Director of Services for Students.

TEXT FROM THE PRESENTATION:

To present this award, I would like to call on stage the Monique Magnan, head of Services for Students.

This year's winner displays finesse around the basket, works hard for every rebound, and has a natural ability to score points. He finished 2nd in league scoring, 5th in rebounding, 5th in steals, 7th in minutes played and 4th in blocked shots, despite playing much of the season with various injuries. He was CCAA/RSEQ Male Athlete of the Week in basketball in February and also put in 2 great performances in the Provincials with 18 points & 13 rebounds in the semifinal and 26 points and 9 boards in the final. He was also part of the Tournament all star team at Provincials.

Our Male Athlete of the year will receive a $400.00 bursary. We would like to thank Bar-B-Barns for their $200 bursary and the Vanier Foundation for their $200 bursary as well.

The Vanier College 2015 Male Athlete of the Year, from the division 1 men's basketball team is Abdul Kamané.


COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD - PETER CHRYSSOMALIS

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 Division 1 Football head coach, Peter Chryssomalis. Peter led the Cheetahs to a 9-1 regular seaon record last year. He accepts the award below from Athletic Coordinator Mai Nguyen.

TEXT FROM THE PRESENTATION:

This award will be presented by Mai Nguyen, Vanier Athletics Coordinator:

The athletic department would like to thank all of the coaches for their commitment, effort and countless hours that they put in to run their program. All of the coaches are part-time and we do appreciate their involvement with the Cheetahs! To all players, please let’s give them a round of applause.

This year’s recipient has been a head coach at Vanier for already 11 years. He has built a top program here at Vanier, assembling a great coaching unit, recruiting the top players, and leading them to victories and most importantly getting these players to the next level. With his guidance he has sent players CIS, and from our alumni list in the last five years, he has sent over 15 players to the CFL. This year he has led his team to a divisional championship, finishing 9-1. He demands a lot from his players on and off the field, he teaches them to be respectful, to always have class, to display character, and most importantly to have pride to be playing for Vanier Cheetahs. We are honored to have such a great leader part of our coaching staff, and would like to recognize this year’s recipient of Coach of the year PETER CHRYSSOMALIS.


OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION AWARD - DENIS LAFONTAINE

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 Denis Lafontaine, our tireless departmental webmaster. He is seen below at right accepting the award from last year's winner Solange Boyer, football statistician extraordinaire.

TEXT FROM THE PRESENTATION:

Before we move on to the next award, on behalf of the Athletic Department, I’ll take this opportunity to thank a number of people who also help out with our athletics programs in with different contributions. Emma Gaudet, who acts as our academic coach for student-athletes. Tom Ingerman in Admissions, for his assistance following up on the admission process of our recruits. Anita McManus, Alex Borja and all of the advisors who assist the athletes in ensuring that they have what they need to go to the next step, whether it is the NCAA or CIS schools and are overall a great resource for our student-athletes. Max Hanna, our head athletic therapist, Sonia Admani, his assistant and all of their student-therapists who are volunteers with each of the teams. Solange Boyer, our Football Statistician, who always goes above and beyond her role and is always ready to help out the Football program. Last but not least, Ritche Salinas, from the equipment room, for always providing great assistance to our teams.

Now on to this year’s award presentation for Outstanding Contribution. The award will be presented by a former recipient of the Outstanding Contribution Award. She won the League Statistician of the Year, and is a great contributor to our football program, please welcome Solange Boyer.

This year’s recipient volunteers countless hours, posting results, and updating every game on our website on his own personal time. He is always available to help out and is a key contributor to our web page, twitter and our social media. This recipient is always ready to help, he is quick to respond any questions, and will post anything needed anytime of the day, even on weekends. Without this year’s recipient, we wouldn’t have an up-to-date Athletics Web site, and Twitter account. We are very lucky to have someone who volunteers his time to our Athletics program, and would like to thank him for all his outstanding work and all his volunteered time.

Let’s all give a warm hand to the Outstanding Contribution Award winner, our webmaster DENIS LAFONTAINE.


ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - ANNE YIN

Anne Yin plays on the Women's Rugby team. She maintained a tremendous 95.83% average and had a HUGE R-Score of 37.05!


TEXT FROM THE PRESENTATION:

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 62 dedicated student-athletes who were presented awards. View the full list.

Among the winners were no fewer than nine student-athletes who maintained averages above 90%. They are listed below:

Megan Theroux - Soccer
Yasmina Lemzoudi - Rugby
Micah Watts - Rugby (also on Dean's Honour Roll)
Michel Stawski - Rugby (also on Dean's Honour Roll)
Kevin Dulude-Maher - Rugby (also on Dean's Honour Roll)
Aryana Napoleon-Patenaude - Cheerleading
Jia Nan Yu - Cheerleading (also on Dean's Honour Roll)
Cullen Tennant - Football

And finally, accepting the award as the top student athlete, studying in the Honours Health Science program, she currently has a 95.83% average with an R-Score of 37.05. Please applaud, from the Women’s Rugby team, ANNE YIN.

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


CHEETAH LEADERSHIP AWARD - FRANCOIS HAMEL

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 François Hamel of the divsion 1 men's football team. He is seen at right accepting the award from Mireille Béland.

TEXT FROM THE PRESENTATION:

This award will be presented by former athletic coordinator Mireille Beland:

Nick Katerinakis, a Vanier alum, a dual sport athlete and one of the members of our National Championship-winning basketball team in 1987, has contributed a $500 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.

We have three quality nominations for this year’s award. As the nominees are announced, I would like for them to stand up to be identified. This year’s first nominee comes from our Men’s Division 1 Football team. Leading by example, silent leader are words that can easily describe this young man. Co-Captains of the Football team, this nominee, was respected by his actions, and his hard work. Already winning an award at the League All star , this nominee was a great leader on and off the field. Let’s applaud for François Hamel. This year’s second nominee is from our Cheerleading team This nominee is an Academic All star for her team. She is a vocal leader, always willing to put in extra time, and always wanting to make her team better. She pushes her team mates, to make them better and always does it with an enthusiastic smile. This nominee is a great Cheetah Amabassador Let’s Applaud for Yasmina Abou-Nakkoul. This year’s third nominee is from our Men’s Rugby Team. This nominee is also a League Academic all-star. This young man, can also be known as a work horse. Constantly working hard at every practice, making his worth ethic contagious to his team. He is a leader on the field, pushing every player to work their hardest, and he is a leader OFF the field, staying on top of his academics and being a great role model to his teammates. Let’s all applaud Sheikh Tahreem.

And now it is my pleasure to announce this year’s recipient of the Cheetah Leadership Award: FRANÇOIS HAMEL from the football team.


BILL MACARTHUR MEMORIAL AWARD - RUTH TSHIKUDI-TSHILA

This is the second time we have award this prize which is presented to a Vanier basketball player who exemplifies the attributes that made the late Bill MacArthur so special to all who had the privilege of knowing him. She is seen at left accepting the award from Caroline Woolrich, Coordinator of the Physical Education department.

TEXT FROM THE PRESENTATION:

This award will be presented by the Coordinator of the Physical Education department, Carolyn Woolrich.

Bill was passionate about everything he did and was a huge supporter of all the Cheetahs but had a particular love for the game of basketball, and served as an assistant with the men’s AAA team from 2002-2004. He is remembered for his positive outlook, enthusiasm, loyalty and never say die attitude.

A $500 scholarship will be awarded annually to a Vanier College basketball player who reflects Bill’s character and attitude towards life and the game he loved. This award is funded by a friend of Bill’s who wants to ensure that his contributions to Vanier College will not be forgotten and to reward a Cheetah “baller” for exemplifying the attributes that made Bill so special to all who had the privilege to know him.

The recipient of the second Bill MacArthur Memorial Award is:
From the Women's Divison 1 Basketball team: RUTH TSHIKUDI-TSHILA.


EVA R. GSUM SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
Mariane St-Laurent and Jean-Daniel Mathieu

This award, sponsored by Money Mart, is given to a student in good academic standing who has demonstrated hard work and sportsmanship, and who has improved their basketball skills and knowledge. We would like to thank the EVA R. GSUM Foundation and Money Mart for this most generous donation. This year the award goes to: Marian St-Laurent and Jean-Daniel Mathieu.


Mariane St-Laurent (right) accepts the award from her coach, Ruby Viray


Jean-Daniel Mathieu (right) accepts the award from his coach, Andy Hertzog

TEXT FROM THE PRESENTATION:

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

The award is given to a student in good academic standing who has demonstrated hard work and sportsmanship, and who has improved his basketball skills and knowledge.

The recipients for this year are:
Mariane St-Laurent and Jean-Daniel Mathieu.


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