Champlain-Lennoxville Honours Their Student-Athletes!
Cougar athletes were the focus of Champlain Lennoxville Athletic Gala on May 1 celebrating the outstanding achievement of student athletes throughout the 2013-2014 year. Members of the 11 Cougar teams, coaches, volunteers, college staff and parents were in attendance at the ceremony which also welcomed guest speaker, Olympian François Coulombe-Fortier. Coulombe-Fortier was a member of the Canadian taekwondo team in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012.
The Student Athlete of the Year, established in 2009 to recognize exceptional contribution to a Cougar athletic team in conjunction with academic excellence, was presented to Noémie Hamel-Petit. In the five years since the trophy’s inauguration, Noémie is the fourth athlete from the Cougars Women’s Basketball team to win the highest honour the College bestows to its athletes. Noemie is from Magog.
The Academic Excellence Awards were presented by Sylvain Laflamme to the studentathlete from each team with the highest academic performance while being a strong contributor to their team. These were awarded to: Catherine Laberge, Danville, Women’s Soccer Denzel Sutherland-Wilson, Canton de Hatley, Men’s Soccer Katherine Cahoon, Gatineau, Women’s Basketball Maxime Gaouette, Magog, Men’s Basketball Noémie Beaulieu, Drummondville, Women’s Hockey Dwayne Bradley-Tessier, Rouyn-Noranda, Men’s Hockey Yassine Nassiri, Sherbrooke, Cross-Country Running Cedric Lussier-Roy, Sherbrooke, Football Manuel Garcia Duran, Mississauga, Field Lacrosse Camille Sasseville, Sherbrooke, Women’s Rugby and Marie Pelletier-Matte, St-Séverin, Swimming. The Mike Hartwell Award is presented annually for the most unselfish contribution to the Cougar Hockey Program and was awarded to Charles-Emile Lemelin.
The Don Bilodeau Memorial Trophy was presented to the Student-Athlete who best exemplifies commitment and dedication to his development as a Cougar football player, Philippe Dion, Blainville.
The Brian Morley Award was presented to Dominic Lévesque from St-Georges. Established in 1997, it is presented to the Cougar football player who has made the biggest impact during the past season.
Originally from Pointe-Claire, Cedric Joseph, a captain of the Bol d’Or Championship Football team, was honoured with the Bill Huckins Memorial Award. This award was established in 1985 to honor the Champlain Cougar athlete who best exemplifies persistence of effort and courage in the face of adversity.
The newly established Corin Standish and Dana Young Football Fund, generously initiated by the friends and families in honour of two formers players, was presented to a graduating Cougar football player who will be pursuing university studies in Canada. The inaugural bursary was awarded to Jonathan Boissonneault Glaou, Québec City.
Cougar Awards were presented to Rookie of the Year or Most Improved Player, Team Award and Most Valuable Player in Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Men’s and Women’s Hockey, Cross Country Running, Football, Men’s Lacrosse, Women’s Rugby and Co-ed Swimming.
In the words of Athletic Director, Mr. Sylvain Laflamme, “We wish to extend our congratulations to all of the student athletes who helped to make the 2013-2014 season so successful!”
Champlain College had a very successful year in sports thanks to many of the award-winning athletes seen here.