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Camosun Chargers Awards 2015

Mira Lawrence - Awards MCThis is a re-post courtesy of the Camosun Chargers

Student-athletes, coaches and supporters of the Camosun College Chargers gathered April 9th to recognize the achievements of the College’s student-athletes at Camosun’s 21st Annual Athletic Awards Ceremony.

Third-year Chargers golfer Brady Stead from Vernon, BC took the spotlight earning the prestigious President’s Cup award for his outstanding achievements in academics and athletics.

Brady earned an 8.5 grade point average in his Fall 2014 studies in Camosun’s BBA Marketing program to achieve top academic status among the College’s student-athletes. In addition to peaking in his studies, Brady was a key factor on the leaderboard helping Camosun to two silver medal finishes at this year’s PACWEST Provincial and CCAA National Golf Championships.

Known for his dedication to good causes and a tireless work ethic, Brady spends much of his spare time in the community helping coach golf at his former high school, refereeing minor hockey and raising money for charity and research.

“I am continually impressed by the achievements of the Chargers student-athletes,” stated John Boraas, Camosun College Vice President Academic. “Camosun is extremely proud of all the accomplishments the Chargers athletes have made.”

Fourth-year men’s volleyball middle Alex Sadowski was the recipient of the Linda Henderson Award for Excellence for demonstrating commitment, strength of character and a high level of proficiency in the sport of volleyball.

In his first year with the Chargers Alex earned the PACWEST Rookie of the Year Award and in the three year that followed, he was named a First Team PACWEST League All Star. Over the past four years, the 6’7” Chargers co-captain has earned four CCAA National Scholar awards, two CCAA Academic All-Canadians, two PACWEST Academic Excellence awards and three PACWEST Athlete of the Week awards. Most recently, Alex was named a First Team All-Star at the 2015 CCAA National Men’s Volleyball Championships.

“Alex embodies all that it is to be a Charger,” commented Linda Henderson via telephone from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton. “He is the best of the best.”

The Derek Twomey Scholarship for Sport was awarded to fourth-year Chargers men’s volleyball  setter Vitor Macedo (Rio de Janerio, Brazil) who was selected by Derek’s former team mates and coaches as the winner of the scholarship for his fighting spirit, burning desire to win, commitment to excellence and unbridled enthusiasm and affection for his teammates.

Accent inns academic award winnersSponsored by Accent Inns the PACWEST Academic Excellence Award was presented to seven Camosun student-athletes for achieving a standing of honours over the 2013-2015 athletic seasons.  Recipients included basketball student-athletes Amy Acheson (BSFL Sport Management), Rachel Bakker (General Sciences) and Lachlan Ross (University Transfer).  From women’s volleyball wereMorgan Marshall (BSFL Exercise Wellness) and Jamie Rodstrom (Civil Engineering) and from golf were Jarred Callbeck (Accounting) and Brady Stead (BBA Marketing). It was noted that this was the 14th year that Accent Inns has sponsored the Camosun Chargers.

Fifteen student-athletes were recognized for their outstanding academic and athletic accomplishments at the Provincial and National levels. The PACWEST and CCAA awards were sponsored by Wilson’s Transportation:

Name Team Awards
Megan Beckett Women’s Volleyball PACWEST Rookie of the Year
PACWEST All-Rookie Team
PACWEST Athlete of the Week (Oct. 27-Nov. 2, 2015)
Jarred Callbeck Men’s Golf CCAA Individual Gold Medalist
Ali Cooper Womens’ Basketball PACWEST 2nd Team All-Star
PACWEST All-Rookie Team
Cameron Fennema Men’s Volleyball SIRC-CCAA Academic All-Canadian
PACWEST 2nd Team All-Star
PACWEST Athlete of the Week (Jan. 12-18, 2015)
PACWEST Athlete of the Week (Feb. 23-Mar. 1, 2015)
Katie Fetting Women’s Volleyball PACWEST Athlete of the Week (Feb. 16-22, 2015)
PACWEST Athlete of the Week (Feb. 23 – Mar. 1, 2015)
Hilary Graham Women’s Volleyball SIRC-CCAA Academic All-Canadian
PACWEST 1st Team All-Star
PACWEST Athlete of the Week (Feb. 9-15, 2015)
Mariah Holmstrom Women’s Volleyball PACWEST 1st Team All-Star
Vitor Macedo Men’s Volleyball PACWEST 2nd Team All-Star
PACWEST Athlete of the Week (Feb. 16-22, 2015)
Morgan Marshall Women’s Volleyball SIRC-CCAA Academic All-Canadian
PACWEST 2nd Team All-Star
Hassan Phills Men’s Basketball PACWEST Athlete of the Week (Jan. 26-Feb. 1, 2015)
Rian Plante Men’s Volleyball PACWEST Athlete of the Week (Nov. 24-30, 2014)
Alex Sadowski Men’s Volleyball PACWEST 1st Team All-Star
PACWEST Athlete of the Week (Feb. 2-8, 2015)
Erika Sheen Women’s Volleyball SIRC-CCAA Academic All-Canadian
PACWEST 2nd Team All-Star
PACWEST Athlete of the Week (Jan. 12-18, 2015)
Douglass Waterman Men’s Volleyball PACWEST All-Rookie Team
Quinn Yates Men’s Basketball PACWEST All-Rookie Team

John Wilson and the Pacwest & CCAA AwardsFive additional student-athletes were acknowledged for their Team Leadership throughout the year. Among those were Ali Cooper (women’s basketball), Jeremy Finn (men’s volleyball), Erika Sheen (women’s volleyball), Lachlan Ross (men’s basketball) and Brady Stead (men’s golf).Five student-athletes were recognized as Team Rookie. Among those awarded were Claremont gradHaley Cabral (women’s basketball), Reynolds grad Megan Beckett (women’s volleyball) and Douglass Waterman (men’s volleyball) from Belmont. Quinn Yates from Sooke’s Edward Milne was named Team Rookie for men’s basketball while newcomer Scott Merriam (Cranbrook, Mt. Baker High) took the award for men’s golf.

A final group of Camosun athletes received the Team MVP award and included Jarred Callbeck(men’s golf), Cameron Fennema (men’s volleyball), Mariah Holmstrom (women’s volleyball), Kaz Kobayashi (men’s basketball) and Kelly Young (women’s basketball).

Student-athletes graduating from the Chargers athletics program were also recognized for their valued contributions. Included were third-year student-athletes Kaz Kobayashi Lachlan Ross andKevin Transchel from the men’s basketball program, third-year women’s basketball student-athleteMarina Low and third-year Charger Jarred Callbeck from men’s golf. From women’s volleyball were fifth-year players Hilary GrahamMariah Holmstrom and Erika Sheen as well as fourth-year teammate Morgan Marshall. The Chargers bid a special farewell to former athlete and long-time men’s volleyball Assistant Coach Dave Dooley for his dedication and countless contributions to the program. Graduating student-athletes from the men’s volleyball program included fifth-year Jeremy Finn, fourth-year Alex Sadowski and third-year players Adrian Best and Gabriel Duvall.

“This was a banner year for the Chargers,” said Camosun Recreation and Athletics Coordinator Graham Matthews.  “Our student-athletes and coaches worked extremely hard and earned an unprecedented number of medals and honours, and we could not be more proud!”

This year’s medal finishes for the Chargers include:

Men’s Volleyball CCAA National Gold Medalists PACWEST Provincial Gold Medalists
Women’s Volleyball CCAA National Bronze Medalists PACWEST Provincial Silver Medalists
Men’s Golf CCAA National Silver Medalists PACWEST Provincial Silver Medalists

Find the award ceremony photos on Camosun’s flickr site.

Check out the Chargers year-end video.