Linda Macpherson presents award to David Zilberman

"The choices for this year's athlete of the year are abundant. Take a look at the cover of tonight's program and you will get a look at the type of candidates that the committee had to choose from. Literally every single team had deserving players who were considered for this award, some are two sport athletes who excelled on both teams and still managed to do well academically.

There is one among you who rises to the top though. He has been a Vanier student for two years and has become a fixture in the Sports Complex, quietly going about his business, becoming an elite athlete in a very tough sport. It is physically gruelling as well difficult because it

doesn't receive the recognition that some of the other sports enjoy. This particular athlete was instrumental in bringing a team Provincial Championship to Vanier this year as well as becoming the Canadian Champion for the fourth year in a row. At this year's Canadian Championship he was named the MVP of the Nationals in the 18-20 year old category.

He went to seven meets this year - 4 at Universities and 3 at Ontario High Schools - and won them all convincingly. He has been selected to represent Canada at the Maccabia Games and was awarded the Bob McLeod scholarship as the Outstanding Junior Wrestler from the Canadian Wrestling Federation.

He can now add Vanier College Athlete of the Year to his long list of impressive accomplishments for 2002 - Congratulations to DAVID ZILBERMAN." (As presented by Athletic Coordinator Linda Macpherson)

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