Coombs, Butt rec­og­nized for ath­let­ics

Two stu­dents earn ath­lete of the year awards from Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate

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Two mem­bers of Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate’s Class of 2014 were re­cently hon­oured for their abi­ilty to com­bine ath­let­ics with aca­demic prow­ess.

Court­ney Coombs of Har­bour Grace and Gre­gory Butt from Vic­to­ria were named fe­male and male ath­letes of the year, re­spec­tively, for the 2013-14 school year, and for good rea­son.

The two 17-year-olds had suc­cess in sports for most of their youth, and this past year proved their hard work had paid off.

Both have also proved their abil­ity to bal­ance work and school by work­ing part time at the same workplace, McDon­ald’s.

Two years in a row

Court­ney, who is the daugh­ter of school coun­cil chair Don Coombs, and Glenda Gar­land-Coombs, is no stranger to ath­letic recog­ni­tion.

As a coach of the Aero Ten­nis Club this sum­mer, Court­ney is giv­ing back to the sports com­mu­nity in Har­bour Grace, the town that helped mould her into an ath­lete. She also helps with the lo­cal soc­cer hut and helped with the Con­cep­tion Bay North in­door soc­cer pro­gram in Har­bour Grace.

She com­pleted Level III with a 95 aver­age, and con­trib­utes much of her time to vol­un­teer­ing for com­mu­nity events, in­clud­ing the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion Pla­cen­tia Health Foun­da­tion auc­tion.

Just last year Court­ney earned the Town of Har­bour Grace ath­lete of the year award for her hard work and ded­i­ca­tion at the New­found­land and Labrador Sum­mer Games, which was co­hosted by her home­town and neigh­bour­ing Car­bon­ear. She was named ath­lete of the year for her school in 2012-13 as well.

“I (never) dreamed I would get it two years in a row,” Court­ney told The Com­pass af­ter the cer­e­mony late last month. “It was amaz­ing.”

Court­ney par­tic­i­pated in the Sum­mer Games in ten­nis and ball hockey, and earned the most valu­able player awards for ball hockey and vol­ley­ball for school. She also re­ceived a medal for the an­nual Har­vest Run.

In 2009, Court­ney was a mem­ber of the provin­cial girls’ soc­cer team that trav­elled to Eng­land to par­tic­i­pate in a soc­cer ex­pe­di­tion. Her sis­ter Paige and dad Don also took part in the event. Both are soc­cer coaches in Har­bour Grace.

Some of the other sports Court­ney has been a part of dur­ing her life in­clude karate, soc­cer, bas­ket­ball, swim­ming, fig­ure skat­ing, hockey, row­ing, bad­minton, soft­ball and more.

Court­ney hopes to be­come a phys­io­ther­a­pist, some­thing that is im­por­tant to her be­cause she is an ath­lete. She will at­tend Col­lege of the North At­lantic in Car­bon­ear for a trans­fer year in Septem­ber, and con­tinue on to com­plete a de­gree in ki­ne­si­ol­ogy.

Aca­demics and ath­let­ics

Gre­gory is the son to Karen and Ross Butt of Vic­to­ria.

This hon­our stu­dent not only fin­ished school with a 95 per cent aver­age, but he has re­ceived many aca­demic and ath­letic awards through­out the years.

The multi-tal­ented young man is cur­rently in Que­bec, but took the time to send The Com­pass some in­for­ma­tion about his suc­cess.

Since Greg was three, he has been a part of the lo­cal mi­nor soc­cer as­so­ci­a­tion, where he has earned sev­eral awards, in­clud­ing the distin­guished MVP award. He was the cap­tain of the 2013-14 Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate soc­cer team.

He has coached mi­nor soc­cer, has played with var­i­ous Con­cep­tion Bay North teams and at the men’s intermediate level, where he earned gold and sil­ver medals.

In el­e­men­tary and ju­nior high school, he was also named male ath­lete of the year.

He has earned scholarships for his aca­demics, hav­ing taken home the Maud Bow­ers Me­mo­rial Schol­ar­ship, which is awarded to an ath­lete with the high­est grade in sci­ence.

I (never) dreamed I would get it two years in a row.

— Court­ney Coombs

His ded­i­ca­tion to sports and his com­mu­nity have led Greg to spend a lot of time vol­un­teer­ing. He has taken part in soc­cer clin­ics with el­e­men­tary school stu­dents dur­ing win­ter and was a Cub leader with the first Vic­to­ria Cubs. He also has mu­si­cal talent.

Be­sides soc­cer, Greg has a long list of ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing bas­ket­ball, vol­ley­ball, soft­ball, bad­minton and the school jazz band.

His am­bi­tion, how­ever, is con­nected to an­other pas­sion of his — lan­guages. He hopes to study French and Span­ish in univer­sity. Greg has also learned some Por­tuguese while as­sist­ing some ex­change stu­dents from Brazil.

He spent two sum­mers fol­low­ing Level I and II at Col­lege Saint-Charles-Garnier in Que­bec, adding to his love for lan­guages.

He will be­gin a trans­fer year at Col­lege of the North At­lantic in Car­bon­ear this Septem­ber, then head to Me­mo­rial Univer­sity of New­found­land and Labrador next fall.

Al­though his am­bi­tion doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily con­nect with some of his more ath­letic tal­ents, he does value good health and well­ness, and says phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties will con­tinue to re­main part of his life­style.

For a com­plete list of award win­ners at Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate, visit http://www.cb­n­com­pass.ca/

Pho­tos by Pam Whelan/Spe­cial to The Com­pass

The male ath­lete of the year at Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate went to Vic­to­ria’s Gre­gory Butt.

Court­ney Coombs of Har­bour Grace was pre­sented with the fe­male ath­lete of the year award at Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate for the 2013-14 school year.

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