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Scurr and Zwolak lead Golden Hawk Award Winners
[Waterloo] – On Monday evening Wilfrid Laurier University’s Athletic Department hosted its annual banquet recognizing the achievements of its coaches, players and staff. 48 Rookies and MVPs were recognized for their performance on their respective teams. The department also awarded nine major awards to acknowledge significant contributors and outstanding athletes at Laurier. The award winners are as follows:

The President’s Award is for the most outstanding athletic performance from a male and female over the past year. This year’s recipients are Tammy Scurr and Jim Zwolak. A 4th year player from Kitchener, ON, this athlete is a CIS and OUA All-Star. Top four in the OUA as a scoring leader, Tammy was a key member of the WLU attack. Very skilled on the ball with a competitive drive, she helped to lead the Golden Hawks to a very successful season. Jim Zwolak is a 4th year player and captain of the golf team. He was the overall OUA Champion and has been the most consistent player in the OUA for over the past few years. Based on his performance at Laurier, Jim was chosen to play on the world university team in Taipei, Taiwan this past year. Jim has been named both the Golden Hawk Men’s Golf MVP and a member of the OUA All-Star team for all four years he has played.

Unsung Hero Award goes to a person within the WLU Community who unselfishly gives much time and effort into the overall success of the athletics program. This year’s recipient is Craig Nixon who is the trainer for the men’s hockey team. Craig has worked with the team for the past four seasons to make sure they are ready to play.

Tuffy Knight Award pays recognition to a person not affiliated with the university, for their untiring efforts over an extended period of time. This year’s recipient is Mike Oke. Mike Oke has worked as an assistant coach with the men’s hockey team for the past three seasons. Mike has always done whatever it takes to help his team develop. He has never missed a practice, game or team event, and is always willing to help out in other areas of the department.

Junior Trainer of the Year is given to the student trainer whose performance of duties is deemed most valuable to WLU Athletics. This year there are two recipients, Marnie McRoberts and Jackie McCarl. Both spending their season’s this year with the men’s football and women’s volleyball teams; they are now planning to attend Sheridan College to obtain Athletic Therapy certification.

Don Smith Leadership Award pays recognition to the student leader who makes a lasting contribution to the recreation program. This year’s co-winners are Ian Galbraith and Tina Shrigley. Ian has worked for recreation for the past three years, most recently as the head guard of the pool. Tina has worked with the fitness program for the past few years, most recently taking on the responsibilities of the personal training program and as the recreation assistant.

Dean E. Brandon Award is awarded to the female contributing most to Athletics. This year’s co-winners are Amy Roefs and Stef McCann. Amy Roefs is a past varsity athlete, a student trainer with the men’s and women’s soccer and women’s hockey teams, sports information assistant and the “unofficial” Liason officer for athletics. Stef McCann has been involved with many aspects of the department as well she has made key contributions as a team manager, sports information assistant, sports camp coordinator, and most recently stadium and event coordinator.

Bill Haggstrom Trophy is awarded to the male contributing most to Athletics. This year’s award winner is Ari Grossman. This year’s recipient is a two-time winner for this award as he won it last year. In his fourth and final season with the sports information department and now the sport information director, this individual continued to play a key role in all areas of the department. Always willing to help, this person has the true passion of what it takes to be a Golden Hawk.

Hawk Coaching Award is presented to one who exemplifies character building among student athletes. This year’s recipient is women’s basketball head coach, Stu Julius. In only his fourth year as the head coach Julius helped to guide his team to the Nationals for the first time in Golden Hawk women’s basketball history. Julius was named Coach of the Year in the OUA after leading his team to an OUA bronze and regular season record of 14-7.
Academic Athletic Achievement Award honours the male and female athlete who best combines academic and athletic achievement. This year’s recipients are Hannah Snider and Dan Yungblut. Hannah Snider is a fourth year athlete on the women’s volleyball team. She secured the President’s Scholarship upon entry to Laurier, and has maintained a GPA of 11.4 (out of 12) over her career. Along with being an Academic All-Canadian again this year, Hannah was also the winner of the OUA Award of Merit. Dan Yungblut is in his fourth and final season with the Rugby team. Upon finishing his degree in Economics, this team MVP and OUA All-star will travel to Oxford in the fall to take his Masters in International Relations. Capturing a prestigious scholarship to study is a direct result of his hard work that helped him maintain an 11.26 GPA (out of 12).

The following are this season’s Rookie’s of the Year and Most Valuable Players:

Rookie’s of the Year:
Men’s Baseball – Derek Rapini
Men’s Basketball – Omar Miles
Women’s Basketball – Meaghan McGrath
Cheerleading – Aaron Cameron
Men’s Cross Country – Ian Morgan
Women’s Cross Country – Valerie VanRavensway
Men’s Curling – Ian Wright
Women’s Curling – Melanie Vos
Women’s Figure Skating –
Meghan Tallevi and Laura Mitchell
Men’s Football – Derek Medler
Men’s Golf – Sean Landreth
Men’s Hockey – Richard Colwill
Women’s Hockey – Tracey Palinsky
Women’s Field Lacrosse – Megan Yaraskavitch
Men’s Rugby – Andrew Ehgoetz
Women’s Rugby – Katie West
Men’s Soccer – Nick Mickulak
Women’s Soccer – Ashley Hill
Men’s Swimming – A.J. Bakker
Women’s Swimming – Julie Babin
Women’s Tennis – Kasia Poplawski
Men’s Volleyball – Steve Dao
Women’s Volleyball – Andrea Steacy

Most Value Players:
Men’s Baseball – SCOTT BALLANTYNE
Men’s Basketball – Chris Keith
Women’s Basketball – Maire Guinney
Cheerleading – Melanie Sine
Men’s Cross Country – Dan Johnson
Women’s Cross Country – Tara Ross
Men’s Curling – Chris Stackhouse
Women’s Curling – Chrissy Cadorin
Women’s Figure Skating – Shay-Marie Steacy
Men’s Football – MVP - Rohan Thompson,
Lineman of the Year – Justin Shakell
Men’s Golf – Jim Zwolak
Men’s Hockey – Nick Vukovic
Women’s Hockey – Ashley Stephenson
Women’s Field Lacrosse – Vanessa Cowlen
Men’s Rugby – Dan Yungblut
Women’s Rugby – Amy Gaudun
Men’s Soccer – Jason Lyall
Women’s Soccer – Tammy Scurr
Men’s Swimming – Clayton Delaney
Women’s Swimming – Tara Ross
Women’s Tennis – Kimberly Foote
Men’s Volleyball – Scott Ellis
Women’s Volleyball – Cathy Ingalls

For more information please contact Roly Webster (519) 884-0710 ext. 3289 or Ari Grossman (519) 884-0710 ext. 6483
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