Tour­na­ment in mem­ory of De­nis

Standard-Freeholder (Cornwall) - - SPORTS - JONAH POIRIER

The in­au­gu­ral El­iz­a­beth De­nis Memo­rial Bas­ket­ball Tour­na­ment will be hosted jointly by St. Joseph’s Catholic Sec­ondary School and Holy Trin­ity Catholic Sec­ondary School this week­end.

The tour­na­ment will be held on Fri­day and Satur­day, for both ju­nior and se­nior divi­sion fe­male ath­letes. All pro­ceeds will sup­port a bur­sary in De­nis’ name at each of the high schools.

De­nis was a ma­jor con­trib­u­tor to the Pan­thers bas­ket­ball team in Grade 9 and later for the Fal­cons where she played from grades 10 to 12.

Her bas­ket­ball ac­com­plish­ments are nu­mer­ous at Holy Trin­ity — she scored the first bas­ket at the newly-built high school, she was the first cap­tain of the girls’ bas­ket­ball team and was the first MVP.

She not only suc­ceeded on the court but also in the HT Arts Depart­ment. De­nis even­tu­ally be­came a mu­sic teacher through her pas­sion for the arts that was honed dur­ing her time at Holy Trin­ity. Her bur­sary will en­com­pass both ar­eas of her suc­cess with the cho­sen stu­dents be­ing a stand­out ath­lete and a con­trib­u­tor to the arts.

Although never a smoker, De­nis was di­ag­nosed with a rare form of lung can­cer in April, 2015 while preg­nant with her first child and was given the grim prog­no­sis of one year to live. She bat­tled her can­cer coura­geously and was able to give birth to her new­born son, Jack. El­iz­a­beth’s health blog “From Lizzies Lungs” brought much-needed aware­ness and ed­u­ca­tion to the dev­as­tat­ing ef­fects of lung can­cer. De­nis touched the lives of thou­sands around the world through her blog and will never be for­got­ten. She passed away in Fe­bru­ary of 2017 and will be re­mem­bered as a won­der­ful per­son.

The bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment is open to the pub­lic with games tak­ing place from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Fri­day and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Satur­day at both sites. Holy Trin­ity will host the ju­nior fi­nal at 4:30 p.m. on Satur­day while the se­nior fi­nal will be held at the same time at St. Joseph’s. A can­teen will be avail­able on Fri­day at both schools with all pro­ceeds sup­port­ing the bur­sary.

Holy Trin­ity and St Joseph’s are very ap­pre­cia­tive of all gen­er­ous do­na­tions re­ceived dur­ing the tour­na­ment to hon­our the mem­ory of a very im­pres­sive woman who led an ex­tra­or­di­nary life in 27 short years.

KEVIN GOULD/CORN­WALL STAN­DARD-FREE­HOLDER

Macken­zie Woods of St. Joe's, at left, and Al­yse But­ler of Holy Trin­ity will be out with their team­mates, tak­ing part in the El­iz­a­beth De­nis Memo­rial Bas­ket­ball Tour­na­ment. The tour­ney takes place Fri­day and Satur­day, at St. Joe's and HT.

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