Cross-country runners win Athlete of the Year Awards

It was a night to remember. The sports stars dropped their Huskies’ jersey and suited up for the George Brown College’s 44th Annual Athletic Awards

By Preeteesh Peetabh Singh
Dialog Reporter

It was a night to remember. The sports stars dropped their Huskies’ jersey and suited up for the George Brown College’s 44th Annual Athletic Awards Banquet held at the Toronto Marriot Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel on April 12.

The banquet’s dignitaries including Anne Sado, president of George Brown College; Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons, Canadian Football League hall of famer; Troy Ross, Olympic boxer and GBC graduate; and Rahul Bhardwaj, chairman of the 2012 Ontario Summer Games and members of GBC’s board of governors.

Clemons sparked the atmosphere with his enthusiastic keynote speech where he mentioned the importance of doing things in HD, Humility and Discipline. He also handed away the inaugural Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons fair play award to Nathaniel Elliott (basketball) and Christina Truong (badminton).

Sean Sweeney (Cross Country) – Male Athlete of the Year

Sean Sweeney won the Male Athlete of the Year Award. Photo: Michael Stefancic

Sean Sweeney won the Male Athlete of the Year Award. Photo: Michael Stefancic

Sean Sweeney, 22, had an exceptional year. A student at the Child and Youth Worker Program of GBC, Sweeney won bronze medal at the Ontario Colleges Athletics Association (OCAA) this year. This was after he recovered from anemia which forced him to miss a few races in the beginning of the season. He also qualified to compete in the nationals where he finished ninth and received All-Canadian award for making it in the top ten of Canada. He also bagged OCAA First Team All-Star and Canadian Colleges Athletics Association (CCAA) Second Team All-Star awards.

Liz Seguin (Cross Country) – Female Athlete of the Year & Female Rookie of the Year

Liz Seguin won the Female Athlete of The Year and Female Rookie of the Year Awards. Photo: Michael Stefancic

Liz Seguin won the Female Athlete of The Year and Female Rookie of the Year Awards. Photo: Michael Stefancic

Long distance runner Liz Seguin from the Behavioral Science Program at GBC won the honour of Female Athlete of the Year. After finishing seventh in the OCAA finals she moved into the nationals held in Montreal and finished14th in the CCAA championship. Seguin received OCAA First Team All-Star and CCAA Second Team All Star awards. She also won the female Rookie of the Year at George Brown.

Male Rookie of the Year went to Eric Olivera (Volleyball). The KC Fitness Award for academic excellence and contribution to sport was awarded to Edwin Sheon (Volleyball). The Alex Barbier Bursaries went to Leanne Prade and Mithuya Arumai. Ishan Aksel grabbed the Husky Merit Award. Marrietta Wong won the Therapist of the Year. The Men’s Basketball award for excellence on the court and in the classroom went to Dwayne Harrison.

All sports MVP’s were also chosen at the awards gala. The MVP’s of the year went to Liz Seguin and Adam Czuchnicki (Cross Country); Kyle Taitt (men’s Outdoor Soccer); Marcus Neves-polonio (men’s Indoor Soccer); Mackenzie Oram (women’s Indoor Soccer); Bruno Silvestrin (men’s Basketball); Aria Charles (women’s Basketball);  Edwin Sheon (men’s Volleyball); Iris Su Wong (women’s Volleyball); and Ken Cao (Badminton).

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Cross-country runners win Athlete of the Year Awards