Bruce Ruiter of Athletics presents award to Rochelle Forbes

"This year's Female Athlete of the Year has been a familiar face around the complex for the past four years. She came to us as an undersized player for her position, and has had to face difficulty ever since, as a result of this.

After spending the summer with the Quebec Team that won a gold medal at the Canadian Championships she was looking forward to a great year in her second season at Vanier. Playing in the team's opening tournament, she suffered a debilitating knee injury in the dying seconds of their first

game and came very close to saying goodbye to her athletic career. Luckily for us, she chose the more difficult path and started on the long road to recovery. After several medical nightmares and obstacles that needed to be overcome, she struggled through her 2nd season to become a big contributor in her third year.

This past season she was instrumental in all the successes the team enjoyed. Named to the league All Star team and also Vanier's academic award winner, she has set the benchmark in the classroom as well. A leader by example, she is the heart and soul of the Cheetahs basketball team. Rochelle's personal sacrifices to constantly put the team ahead of her own personal goals and the character she has shown to overcome adversity makes her this year's Athlete of the Year. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Rochelle Forbes." (As presented by Bruce Ruiter)

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