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Dr. Max Blouw President (519) 884-0710 Ext. 2443 max.blouw@wlu.ca
Peter Baxter Athletic Director (519) 884-0710 ext. 2216 pbaxter@wlu.ca
Patricia Kitchen Associate Director, Athletics and Recreation (519) 884-0710 ext. 2384 pkitchen@wlu.ca
Ryan Lannan Manager, Interuniversity Sport (519) 884-0710 ext. 3428 rlannan@wlu.ca
Jamie Howieson Coordinator, Communications (519) 884-0710 ext. 3492 jhowieson@wlu.ca
Jon Kursikowski Manager, Marketing and Events (519) 884-0710 ext. 3289 jkursikowski@wlu.ca
Dawn Simons Events and Sponsorship Assistant (519) 884-0710 ext. 3888 dsimons@wlu.ca
Courtney Bruce Athlete Services and Events Assistant (519) 884-0710 ext. 3739 cbruce@wlu.ca
Ted Collins Coordinator, Game Day Operations (519) 884-0710 ext. 3404 tcollins@wlu.ca
Phil Dolmage Coordinator, Web & Technology (519) 884-0710 ext. 2855 pdolmage@wlu.ca
Wesley Van Luven Coordinator, Facilities (519) 884-0710 ext. 3732 wvanluven@wlu.ca
Jennifer O'Neill Manager, Recreation and Facilities (519) 884-0710 ext. 2466 joneill@wlu.ca
Amanda Taylor Coordinator, Clubs, Camps and Aquatics (519) 884-0710 ext. 2274 amtaylor@wlu.ca
Krista Irving Booking and Finance Assistant (519) 884-0710 ext. 3720 kirving@wlu.ca
Karen Partridge Finance Assistant (519) 884-0710 ext. 4483 kpartridge@wlu.ca
Wendy Webb Administrative Assistant (519) 884-0710 ext. 2184 wwebb@wlu.ca
Jamie Carlson Athletic Therapist (519) 884-0710 ext. 2178 jcarlson@wlu.ca
Jennifer Childs Athletic Therapist (519) 884-0710 ext. 2178 jchilds@wlu.ca



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Scott Ballantyne Baseball mensbaseball@laurierathletics.com
Justin Serresse Basketball (M) (519) 884-0710 ext. 2188 jserresse@wlu.ca
Paul Falco Basketball (W) (519) 884-0710 ext. 3504 pfalco@wlu.ca
Peter Grinbergs Cross Country (M/W) crosscountry@laurierathletics.com
Matt Wilkinson Curling curling@laurierathletics.com
Michael Faulds Football (519) 884-0710 ext. 2180 mfaulds@wlu.ca
Jeff Colley Golf golf@laurierathletics.com
Greg Puhalski Hockey (M) (519) 884-0710 ext. 2465 gpuhalski@wlu.ca
Rick Osborne Hockey (W) (519) 884-0710 ext. 2182 rosborne@wlu.ca
Lynn Orth Lacrosse womenslacrosse@laurierathletics.com
Ian McLeod Rugby (M) mensrugby@laurierathletics.com
TBD Rugby (W) womensrugby@laurierathletics.com
Barry MacLean Soccer (W) (519) 884-0710 ext. 3508 bmaclean@wlu.ca
Mario Halapir Soccer (M) mario@coresportsandfitness.com
Hans Witolla Swimming coachhans7@gmail.com
Peter Grinbergs Track and Field crosscountry@laurierathletics.com



News Items

Laurier

  • WHKY alumnae to represent Team Canada
    May 17, 2017

    WATERLOO, Ont. (May 17, 2017) - Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s hockey alumnae Giuliana Pallotta and Devon Skeats will join Team Canada to compete at the 2017 World Ball Hockey Championships in Czech Republic in June, 2017.

    Starting June 3, Pallota, a former defenceman from Beeton, Ont., Skeats, a former left winger from Whitby, Ont., will don the red and white to represent their country on the international stage at the International Street and Ball Hockey Federation World Ball Hockey Championships in Pardubice.

    The two women were recruited for the upcoming tournament last summer, after impressing scouts at the National Championships in Richmond, B.C., where they were linemates for the New Tecumseh Ball Hockey League (NTBHL), with Pallotta at centre-forward and Skeats on right wing. 

    “I believe that the competition will be pretty difficult," commented Pallotta on her expectations for the World Championships. "I saw a bit of this at the National level where I found the competition level raise to new heights. That being said, I know that I will be playing alongside some experienced veterans that are extremely skilled and knowledgeable about the game, which gives me comfort. Knowing I can lean on them and learn from them will only allow me to get better as the tournament progresses. I truly believe that we have the ability to bring back the gold again this year. “ 

    Pallotta, a recent psychology graduate and 2016 Outstanding Women of Laurier finalist, has been playing ball hockey since the age of eight, and further developed her skills with the NTBHL upon joining the club when she was 15. Now, following a successful two-year campaign with the Golden Hawks women’s hockey team, Pallotta is looking to apply that which she learned as a student-athlete, to the world stage.

    “It is a dream come true to be able to travel overseas and represent my country," said Palotta on the opportunity to represent Canada. "I am extremely honored and excited to be playing this sport on an international stage. I feel that Laurier has allowed me to prepare for an event like this because I am used to having to perform on a week-to-week basis, my training had me working hard throughout the year to stay in shape and the mental toughness when facing adversity will also be something that I will likely face from time-to-time over the course of the tournament. Overall, knowing I’m am going overseas with the label of being a Golden Hawk and Canadian are two things that I couldn’t be more proud to represent.” 

    As for Skeats, the psychology major graduated in 2013 after a five-year career for the Golden Hawks. Following Laurier, Skeats went on to play in the Elite Women’s Hockey League for the Neuberg Highlanders in 2014-15, and most recently, has played two seasons in the National Women’s Hockey League with the Buffalo Beauts. 

    For both Skeats and Palotta, the World Championships will mark their first time playing on an international scale.

    Canada, who is the two-time defending champion and has also finished 1st in the tournament four times in the past five years, will compete in a round-robin series against Slovakia, Great Britain, United States, Italy, and Czech Republic.

    The tournament will run from June 3 to 10 at the Tipsport Arena in Pardubice, Czech Republic.
  • G. Onyeka helps West to win at East West Bowl
    May 15, 2017

    QUEBEC CITY (May 15, 2017) - Regina quarterback Noah Picton threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach for the East, paving the way for a 37-13 West victory during the 15th annual U SPORTS Valero East-West Bowl at TELUS-UL Stadium in front of 6,528 fans in Quebec City on Saturday afternoon.

    With a second consecutive win, the West improves its record to 9-6 since the Canadian Football League top prospects game was inaugurated in 2003.

    Picton, who won the Hec Crighton Trophy in 2016, awarded to the most outstanding U SPORTS player, continued his stellar year when he was awarded the game’s MVP title for the West, after completing 15 passes in 20 attempts for 228 yards and two majors, in addition to scoring one himself on the field.

    Also standing out for the West was Laurier Golden Hawks defensive back Godfrey Onyeka of Brampton, Ont. The two-time First Team All-Canadian posted a team-high 5.5 tackles in the contest, including two solo tackles on special teams. 

    Onyeka’s teammate and fellow defensive back Isaiah Guzylak-Messam of Hamilton, added one tackle while Hawks’ defensive lineman Rashari Henry of Ottawa, didn’t record a statistic in the game.

    The West got the first scoring chance of the game on its third attack in the first quarter. However, running back Atlee Simon from the Regina Rams dropped the ball at the 1-yard line, putting an end to the threat.  The West’s defensive pressure forced the East to give up a safety. After 15 minutes of play, the West led 2-0.

    The East retaliated on the first play of the second quarter. Dubé completed a 36-yard field goal to give his team a 3-2 lead, before putting up another point on the board after a long punt on the following sequence.

    Hugo Richard, the newly named quarterback for Laval’s Rouge et Or, saw his pass intercepted by Jayden McKoy (Manitoba) who brought the ball back 29 yards to the East’s 4-yard line. Two plays later, Saskatchewan Huskies quarterback Kyle Siemens threw a touchdown pass to UBC's Will Watson to give a 9-4 advantage to the West. Guelph kicker Gabriel Ferraro added to his team’s lead with a single on the next kick off. Ferraro and Dubé exchanged a pair of field goals at the very end of the half, before Ferraro was about to add three points to the West’s lead, when a penalty to the East gave them a second chance to attack. Picton seized the opportunity to score a major on a three-yard run. At the half, the West held a 13-point lead, 20-7.

    The kicker showdown continued during the third quarter.  Dubé completed a 14-yard field goal, his third of the game, just before his counterpart, Ferraro, stringed his second, a long 42-yard kick, to bring the gap back to a 13-point lead for the West.

    The West stole the game in the fourth quarter.  After Dubé narrowed the East’s gap to 23-13, Picton threw two touchdown passes to Mitch Kernick(Waterloo) and Richmond Nketiah (Waterloo) to bring the game to 37-13.   

    The West dominated offensively, with 457 yards compared to the East's 344, leading 331-242 in the air and 133-111 on the field. 

    In addition to Picton, quarterback Kyle Siemens also got in on the action for the West, completing 10 of his 18 pass attempts for 103 yards and one major.

    For the East, Richard completed 11 of his 21 attempts for 153 yards and two interceptions, while Queen's quarterback Nate Hobbs was limited to 89 yards, completing 10 of his 17 throws.

    Étienne Moisan (Laval) led the West with 80 yards receiving on four catches, while Guillaume Paquet of the Montreal Carabins had five catches for 92 yards. Tyler Chow (Saskatchewan) and Simon, both representing the West, led the charge on the field with 70 and 64 yards rushing, respectively.

    Defensively, linebacker Nelkas Kwemo (Queen's) led both teams with nine tackles, eight of which were solo. On the West side, linebacker Danny Nesbitt (Regina) stood out with an interception, a quarterback sack and 2.5 tackles.

    NOTES:  Laurier coaches Dwayne Cameron and Irv Daymond served as the Defensive Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach respectively for the West…at the combine testing earlier in the week, Henry posted the fastest 40-yard dash time of all defensive lineman as he clocked a time of 4.84 seconds while also posted the fastest shuttle time at 4.31 seconds…Guzylak-Messam had the fourth-fastest 40-yard dash time of all defensive backs at 4.70 seconds while also finishing with the fourth-most bench press reps with 16

    - with files from U SPORTS
  • Intramural program recognized for excellence
    May 15, 2017

    WATERLOO, Ont. (May 11, 2017) - Wilfrid Laurier University’s Athletics and Recreation department earned their 10th consecutive Outstanding Intramural Achievement Award as they were recognized by the Canadian Intramural and Recreation Association (CIRA) for the 2016-17 academic year.
     
    Laurier’s intramural program has been received the award repeatedly since the 2007-08 academic year.
     
    Since first receiving the award 10 years ago, the intramural program has changed dramatically, impacting the Laurier experience for an entire generation of Golden Hawks. From 479 teams at the end of the 2006-07 academic year, the program now has 730 teams in 64 divisions which accounts for 7,750 participants. 
     
    Over the past decade, 11 new sports have been added to the offering available to Laurier students, including European Handball, Full Field Soccer (11v11), Co-rec Flag Football, Co-rec Ice Hockey, Squash, 2v2 Indoor Soccer, Bouldering Series, Badminton, Wallyball, Cricket and 3v3 Basketball.
     
    In total, over 150 students are employed to help ensure the program runs throughout the academic calendar year.
     
    "After coming into university not knowing anyone from high school, I feared it would be hard to make new friends,” said current Wilfrid Laurier University student and Intramural Coordinator Nick McCready on his experience with the intramural program. “This fear completely vanished when I signed up for intramurals at Laurier. Playing basketball and volleyball in my first year, I was able to meet new people very easily. Intramurals have been the driving force of what makes me enjoy Laurier so much and has completely changed my university experience for the better!"
     
    Schools from across Ontario have been recognized for their outstanding intramural/recreation programs. The schools chosen all offer a variety of activities that promote CIRA Ontario's motto of 'Fun, Active Participation for All'. All programs recognized use students in a leadership capacity within their program.  Laurier has improved the quality of education of their students by acknowledging the value of physical activity for mental and physical well-being.
     
    CIRA Ontario is an incorporated, non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage, promote and develop active living, healthy lifestyles and personal growth through intramural and recreational programs within the education and recreation communities.
  • Campbell honoured with John McManus Award
    May 11, 2017

    HUNTSVILLE, Ont. - On Wednesday night, Ontario University Athletics (OUA) recognized the accomplishments of several exceptional members of the conference, spanning from administration and coaches to athletes and teams at the annual OUA Honour Awards banquet.

    Team of the Year – UOIT Ridgebacks Women's Soccer

    Coming off a historic 2016 season, the UOIT Ridgebacks Women's Soccer team has been named the OUA Team of the Year following a season of firsts.

    The Ridgebacks dominated the regular season and finished the year with a 13-2-1 record as the finished atop the OUA East Division for the first time in program history.  Success carried over into the postseason for UOIT as the Ridgebacks defeated the Laurentian Voyageurs 2-0 to advance to the OUA Final Four for just the second time.

    Following a 3-1 victory over the Windsor Lancers in the semifinals, UOIT defeated the defending OUA champion Queen's Gaels 1-0 to claim their first OUA championship in school history.

    At the 2016 U SPORTS championship, the Ridgebacks knocked off the Trinity Western Spartans 1-0 before falling 2-1 in OT to the Laval Rouge Et Or.  However, the Ridgebacks bounced back in the bronze medal match, beating their OUA rival Gaels 1-0 for the second time in a week to win their first U SPORTS national championship medal in just their fifth season.

    Several Ridgebacks were rewarded for their strong presence on the pitch this season, including UOIT defender Kylie Bordeleau (Cambridge, Ont.) who was named OUA East Division Player of the Year.  Bordeleau, along with midfielder Katherine Koehler-Grassau (Greely, Ont.) were also recognized nationally as U SPORTS All-Canadians.

    In total the Ridgebacks roster featured six OUA all-stars, including goalkeeper Helen Frampton (Toronto, Ont.), defender Sara Voisin (Waterloo, Ont.), and forwards Cassandra Sribny (Pickering, Ont.) and Taijah Henderson (Ajax, Ont.), in addition to the aforementioned Bordeleau and Koehler-Grassau.  UOIT midfielder Rhiannon Kissel (Peterborough, Ont.) earned OUA Rookie of the Year accolades following a fantastic freshman season.

    Last but definitely not least, Ridgebacks head coach Peyvand Mossavat earned his fair share of the awards this year sweeping both the OUA and U SPORTS Women's Soccer Coach of the Year awards and was also named the OUA Male Coach of the Year for the 2016-17 season.

    J.P. Loosemore Award – Thérèse Quigley

    The J.P. Loosemore award is given to an individual who exemplifies the best in university sport in terms of ethics, integrity and honesty. The recipient is to be evaluated on his/her administrative contribution to university sports.

    Over the course of her time involved with university sport in Canada, Thérèse Quigley has excelled at virtually every level of university sport as a student-athlete, coach, and administrator.

    On the court, few were better than Quigley, who led Western to multiple OWIAA Women's Volleyball Championships and three CIAU Women's Volleyball titles from 1971-72 to 1976-77.  Quigley was recognized for her efforts on the court with Western's prestigious F.W.P. Jones Trophy as the female athlete who has made the greatest contribution to athletics during their career at the university.

    Following her decorated career as a dual tennis and volleyball student-athlete, Quigley became a decorated varsity women's volleyball coach at both the University of Alberta and McMaster University for seven seasons.

    After her coaching career had come to an end, Quigley became the first female Athletic Director in Ontario when she joined McMaster from 1990 to 2009 and successfully fundraised and planned efforts that culminated in the construction of the David Braley Athletic Centre and Ron Joyce Stadium.  In January 2017, the David Braley Athletic Centre's Sport Hall was named in her honour in conjunction with the building's 10-year anniversary.

    Returning to her alma mater in 2009, Therese developed recognition programs for students and student-athletes, expanded the connection to Mustang alumni and supporters, and invested in promoting athletics through innovate programs and partnerships.  Among her various accomplishments while at Western, Quigley oversaw the construction of two state-of-the-art turf fields (Mustangs Field and Alumni Field) in 2012 and championed the creation of Mustang TV.

    As a mentor to coaches and student-athletes, Quigley's greatest impact came as an Athletic Director where she helped developing world-class facilities, and host un-paralleled championships on a conference, national level, and international level.

    In 2003, Quigley was honoured as the International Athletic Director of the Year by the National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA).

    An innovator in interuniversity sport, fundraising, facility development, and student leadership, Quigley has made countless contributions, serving in various senior leadership roles at both the OUA and U SPORTS levels.  A long-time member of the CIS Board of Directors, Quigley was named President of CIS in 2014 led CIS through a transitional time in the organization's history.

    Beyond OUA and U SPORTS, Quigley served on the board of Canada Basketball beginning in 2004, before becoming President of the organization from 2008 to 2011.

    Earlier this year, Quigley was named one of the Most Influential Women in sport by the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS).

    One of the most respected, and decorated athletic administrator in the Canadian university system, Quigley has provided unwavering dedication to sport and recreation is an exemplary role model to our citizens and a beacon of community pride.

    John McManus Award - Peter Campbell

    The John McManus Award is given to a retired OUA coach that exemplifies the highest ideals and qualities of sportsmanship and service while engaged in coaching in university sport.

    Former Laurier Golden Hawks men's basketball head coach Peter Campbell transformed a Golden Hawks program that had struggled to find success since winning seven provincial and one national championship between 1963 and 1971.

    Under the guidance of Campbell, the Golden Hawks qualified for the OUA playoffs in 14 consecutive seasons.  In just his second season behind the Laurier bench, Campbell was named OUA West Coach of the Year after turning around a team that won just two games the year before to a 12-win team in 2001-02.

    Prior to joining the Golden Hawks, Campbell, who began his career in university basketball as an assistant coach with the Western Mustangs in 1982, enjoyed a sparkling 15-year career with the Laurentian Voyageurs where he won two Wilson Cup championships in 1998 and 2000, and was named OUA East Coach of the Year five times and made six appearances at the national championship.

    Campbell is only one of two coaches in Canadian basketball history to be named the CIS and the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Coach of the Year which he earned in 1983 as head coach of Fanshawe College's women's basketball team.

    Internationally, Campbell has worked extensively with both of Canada's men's and women's national teams. A two-time bronze medalist as an assistant coach for Canada, he has also served in a variety of capacities with Canada's U21 and U18 teams and has represented Canada six times at the FISU Summer Universiade.

    OUA Media Member Award - Ken Welch

    From 1985 to 2015, Ken Welch served as the Sports Anchor at CHCH television where he told the stories of OUA student-athletes and their teams on a nightly basis nightly basis as part of the evening news.

    For 13 years, Welch was also the host of CHCH's University Game of the Week which brought OUA football and basketball into thousands of homes across the province.

    Always more than generous with his time, Welch has also emceed countless OUA events events including but not limited to the McMaster Athletic Banquet and McMaster Football Gala Dinner. 

    Born in Toronto, Welch spent most of his early years in Belleville where his love for sports began.  An all-around athlete, Welch played basketball throughout his high school career and was named team captain in his senior year.  Following high school, he attended both Queen's University and Carleton University and graduated with a Bachelor of History degree.

    Prior to joining CHCH, Welch worked in radio in Newmarket and Owen Sound and also served as Sports Director at 570 News in Kitchener.

    An active member of the local community, Welch continues to support OUA and U SPORTS through his participation in the Hamilton Vanier Cup Local Organizing Committee. 

    This is the first OUA Media Award of Distinction for Welch who was previously awarded the U SPORTS (formerly CIS) Fred Sgambati Memorial Award back in 2001.

    OUA Male Coach of the Year - Peyvand Mossavat

    UOIT Ridgebacks soccer coach Peyvand Mossavat has been named the OUA Male Coach of the Year after guiding the women's soccer team to their first OUA banner and U SPORTS medal in school history this past season.

    In only the fifth season since the inception of the program, Mossavat led UOIT to their first OUA East Division title in school history posting a 13-2-1 regular season record.  Mossavat was recognized for his efforts as he was named the OUA East Division Coach of the Year for the second time in the past three seasons and the fourth time in his career.

    Mossavat was also acknowledged nationally as he was presented with the U SPORTS Coach of the Year for the second time in his career.

    In five years, Mossavat has led the Ridgebacks to a 68-32-15 all-time record, two OUA medals, two national championship appearances and a U SPORTS bronze medal.  Prior to joining UOIT in 2012, Mossavat previously coached both the York Lions and Ryerson Rams.

    Academic success has always been a top priority for Mossavat and his teams as ten student-athlete were recognized as UOIT All-Academic Award Winners for the 2016 season.  Mossavat led teams are also actively involved in the community and this year the women's soccer team organized activities and workshops that raised funds that supported local women's shelters and food banks.

    No stranger to international competition, Mossavat, a former member of the Canadian Olympic program, will be back on the sidelines for Team Canada as head coach for the upcoming 2017 FISU Summer Universiade in Chinese Taipei. At the 2015 Summer Universiade in Gwangju, South Korea, the Mossavat led squad finished in fourth place out of 15 teams – their highest finish in team history.

    OUA Female Coach of the Year - Rachel Flanagan

    Guelph women's hockey head coach Rachel Flanagan has been named the OUA Female Coach of the Year after guiding the Gryphons to their second McCaw Cup title in as many years.

    Despite losing six key veterans from last year's OUA championship winning team, Flanagan once again led Guelph to 16-4-3-1 regular season record and a first place finish atop the standings.

    One of the most dominant teams in the province (if not the country), with Flanagan behind the bench, the Gryphons scored the most goals (77) in the OUA, while allowing a league low 32 goals against in 24 games during the regular season.  To make the feat even more memorable, the Gryphons did so with a lineup that featured a total of 10 rookies.

    Following another fantastic regular season, Flanagan was recognized by her peers with her fourth OUA Coach of the Year award in the past five seasons.

    After a two-game sweep of the Windsor Lancers in the quarter-finals, Flanagan and the Gryphons prevailed in three games over the feisty Waterloo Warriors to advance to their second straight OUA championship.

    In the McCaw Cup final against Nipissing, the Gryphons made quick work of the Lakers scoring six unanswered goals in a 6-1 victory.  With the win, it marked the first time in 47 years that the University of Guelph hoisted the hardware in back-to-back seasons.  

    At the 2017 FISU Winter Universiade in Almaty, Kazakhstan earlier this year, Flanagan added to her medal haul for the year as head coach, she helped guide Team Canada to a silver medal winning performance.

    OUA Male Athlete of the Year – Jonathan Lao

    Jonathan Lao, a fourth-year economics student-athlete and men's soccer player from York University, has been named OUA Male Athlete of the Year after he led the Lions to an undefeated regular season and a first place finish in the OUA West Division.

    "I have played soccer my whole life and being involved in the sport has shaped who I am today," said Lao.  "I'm fortunate to have been able to continue to play for the Lions while also getting an education at York.

    The Unionville, Ont. native was named OUA West Division MVP and a first-team all-star after he scored four goals and added three assists in 12 games this season for York.  It was the fourth consecutive OUA all-star nod for Lao and the second time in his career he captured OUA West Division MVP honours after previously earning the award back in 2013.

    He was also recognized for his strong season at the national level, as Lao became just the second player in program history to win the Joe Johnson Memorial Trophy as the U SPORTS Player of the Year, following Francesco Bruno in 2008.  Lao was also named a U SPORTS All-Canadian the fourth time in his career, becoming the first player in program history to accomplish the feat.

    Led by Lao, the Lions finished the season second in the OUA before placing sixth at the U SPORTS national championship.

    Since joining the Lions back in 2013, Lao has been one of the most dominant players in the country and helped the Lions win three straight OUA championships (2013-2015) and back-to-back national titles (2014-15).

    OUA Female Athlete of the Year – Claire Sumner

    Claire Sumner, a fourth-year life sciences major from Queen's University, is the 2016-17 OUA Female Athlete of the Year after sweeping both the OUA and U SPORTS cross country championships.

    Sumner opened her season with a historic victory at the Queen's Invitational, crossing the line in a time of 27:50.91.  Her victory also helped propel the Gaels to a first place team finish at the event.  The identical 8km runs for both women and men was believed to be the first collegiate cross-country meet in North America where both the men and women contested identical race distances.

    "The biggest thing this sport has taught me is that perseverance and consistent hard work will always pay off," said Sumner.  "I strongly believe the life lessons I have learned from cross country will be extremely valuable in my future endeavours.

    The Calgary, Alta. native followed that up two weeks later with a gold medal winning performance at the OUA championship, finishing the 6km race in a time of 20:16.7.  Sumner, who also earned OUA MVP and first-team all-star honours, was a crucial member of the Gaels silver medal winning team.

    On the Plains of Abraham a couple weeks later at the U SPORTS Cross Country national championship, thanks to a late push with under a kilometre remaining in the race, Sumner claimed individual gold after crossing the finish line in a time of 21:09.3.  As a result of her first place finish, Sumner was also named the U SPORTS MVP and a first-team All-Canadian.

    Following a successful 2016 collegiate season, Sumner went on to claim bronze at the Canadian senior championships in late November, finish fourth at the NACAC championships in early March in Florida, before rounding out her season, placing 52nd in a field of 104 runners in her IAAF world championships debut in Uganda, on March 26.

    Also awarded were the second annual OUA CHAMP Awards (Celebrating and Honouring Achievements in Marketing and Promotions) to the following winners:

    Photo of the Year: Toronto Varsity Blues – Hochan Ryu celebration
    Best Webcast Production: Ryerson Rams
    Best Social Media Account: Brock Badgers – Twitter
    Best Video Feature: UOIT Ridgebacks – Top Plays Showdown
    Best Mascot: Waterloo Warriors – King Warrior
    Best Market-Driven Championship: Queen's Gaels – Critelli Cup
    Best High Performance Championship: Toronto Varsity Blues – Swimming
    Best Competitive Championship: Windsor Lancers – Golf

    - courtesy of the OUA
  • Cameron, Daymond to coach at East West Bowl
    May 09, 2017

    QUEBEC CITY (U SPORTS) – Wayne Harris Jr. of the Vanier Cup finalist Calgary Dinos and Gary Waterman of the AUS champion StFX X-Men were introduced to the media Tuesday in Quebec city as head coaches ahead of the 2017 U SPORTS Valero East-West Bowl. 

    OFFICIAL WEBSITE (including ticket info): http://en.usports.ca/eastwestbowl 

    Harris Jr., who guided the Dinos to their fourth national championship appearance in eight seasons in November, will be at the helm of the West team on Saturday, while Waterman, who led the X-Men to a second straight national semifinal, will be in charge of the East squad – in a coaching rematch of the 2016 ArcelorMittal Dofasco Mitchell Bowl. 

    The complete coaching staffs and roster changes are available below.

    Valero was also introduced as the event’s title sponsor in 2017 and 2018 – with both years being hosted by Laval.

    “The U SPORTS Valero East-West Bowl is a great opportunity to showcase the 2018 draft class and a real opportunity for each of the schools and players to represent themselves in a highly competitive game,” said Harris Jr., who defeated Waterman’s X-Men 50-24 in the Mitchell Bowl to advance to the 52nd ArcelorMittal Dofasco Vanier Cup. “It’s a very exciting time for players going into their senior year of football and I know that we all look forward to seeing the high level of skill they’re bringing to camp and the game culminating on May 13.”

    “The annual U SPORTS Valero East-West Bowl is always a great event and it should be an exciting week as our game is once again showcased at a high level,” added Waterman. “I am thrilled for the opportunity to work with some of the top student-athletes and coaches in Canadian university football.

    The 15th annual prospects game, which features for the most part, U SPORTS players heading into their Canadian Football League (CFL) draft year, is set for Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET at Laval University’s TELUS-UL Stadium in Quebec City, streamed live on the Rouge et Or YouTube channel. 

    The East team is comprised of players from the AUS and RSEQ conferences as well as Carleton, Ottawa and Queen’s, while the West contingent is made up of student-athletes from Canada West and the remaining OUA universities. 

    All players took part in combine testing Tuesday morning, with the first practice scheduled for Tuesday afternoon. Two practices a day will then be held throughout the rest of the week. The full U SPORTS Valero East-West Bowl Week schedule is available here. 

    Sunday night, 56 U SPORTS standouts were selected out of 71 total picks (78.9 per cent) during the 2017 CFL draft, with 36 having been invited to last year’s East-West Bowl, including all six first-round picks. Over the course of the week, eight representatives from CFL coaching staffs will be on hand to assist the sides and get an early look at the 2018 draft class. 

    Last year, the West defeated the East 29-14 for their first win since 2013, extending their lead in the all-time series to 8-6.

    "It's very exciting to be a part of the U SPORTS Valero East-West Bowl knowing that you'll be playing with - and against - the very best players that Canada has to offer,” said Regina’s Noah Picton, who will quarterback the West Team after winning the Hec Crighton Trophy last season, thanks to U SPORTS-record 3,186 passing yards. “I expect it to be a very competitive atmosphere, but also a great opportunity to meet and interact with different players and coaches from around the league."

    "Being selected to play in the U SPORTS Valero East-West Bowl is something special! It's going to be a great experience to be with the best players in the country for a week and see them in action,” said Laval’s Hugo Richard, who will be under centre for the East Team, and was named Vanier Cup MVP last November after throwing for two touchdowns and scoring the game-winning one in the Rouge et Or’s 31-26 victory over Calgary. “It will be interesting to collaborate with coaches other than ours. I’m really happy that this event is in Quebec City because I will be in an environment where I am comfortable. I trust that our fans will take advantage of this unique opportunity to watch football in early summer to start the 2017 season on the right foot and by creating a good atmosphere, like they always do here in U Laval!''

    East Team Coaching Staff

    Head Coach: Gary Waterman (StFX)
    Offensive Coordinator & Quarterbacks: Benoit Groulx (McGill)
    Defensive Coordinator: Jon Svec (StFX)
    Receivers: AJ Tufford (Saint Mary’s), Cherif Nicolas (Bishop’s)
    Running backs: Sebastien Levesque (McGill)
    Offensive Line: Jeff Cummins (Acadia), Dave Van Den Heuvel (StFX), Mickey Donovan (Concordia) 
    Defensive Line: Mathieu Lecompte (Sherbrooke)
    Linebackers: Shad McLachan (Acadia), Claude Gauthier (Sherbrooke), Kevin Regimbald (Sherbrooke)
    Defensive Backs: Jermaine Lewis (Concordia), Scott Brady (Mount Allison)
    Special Teams: Ryan Bechmanis (Carleton), Ben D’Andrea (Queen’s)

    East Roster Changes

    Added: 
    Wesley Mann, DB (Queen’s)
    David Mackie, RB (Western)
    Kiel Ambursley, RB (Mount Allison)
    Vincent Dubé, K (Bishop’s)

    Removed: 
    Jason Shamatutu, DB (Queen’s)
    Jonathan Boissonneault-Glaou, DE (Montreal)
    Gustave Sylvestre, OT (Montreal)
    Chris Reid, RB (Mount Allison)
     
    West Team Coaching Staff

    Head Coach: Wayne Harris Jr. (Calgary)
    Offensive Coordinator: Ryan Sheahan (Calgary)
    Defensive Coordinator: Dwayne Cameron (Laurier) 
    Quarterbacks: Mark McConkey (Regina)
    Receivers: Mark Surya (Toronto)
    Running Backs: Tom Flaxman (McMaster)
    Offensive Line: JF Joncas (Guelph), Irv Daymond (Laurier)
    Defensive Line: Matt Berry (Calgary), Darrell Adams (Waterloo)
    Linebackers: Warren Muzika (Saskatchewan)
    Defensive Backs: Vince Flamia (Windsor)

    West Roster Changes

    Added: 
    William Maxwell, WR (UBC)
    Ian Lawrence, DB (York)
    Ben Koczwara, OL (Waterloo)
    Étienne Moisan, WR (Laval)

    Removed: 
    Tyler Ledwos, WR (Calgary)
    Rees Paterson, CB (York)
    Andrew Pickett, OG (Guelph)
         
    CFL Coaching Staff

    Montreal Alouettes: Greg Quick (senior defensive assistant), Billy Parker (defensive assistant), Jason Hogan (defensive assistant)
    Saskatchewan Roughriders: Craig Dickenson (special teams coordinator), Craig Davoren (defensive assistant) 
    B.C. Lions: Dan Dorazio (offensive line coach), Mike Lionello (assistant running backs Coach) Calgary Stampeders: Brent Morrison (linebackers coach)

    - courtesy of U SPORTS