University president Dr. George Cooper opened Saturday’s Athletic Awards Night in a way, he opined, would only happen at King’s – by harkening back to the ancient Greeks. “You will recall from FYP that in those days people who refused to take part in society were known as the idiotes – the ancient Greek word from which we get our modern word idiot”, he said. “You are definitely not idiotes. You have participated heart and soul in the life of King’s.” (Read his full speech [PDF].)
In evidence of that claim, King’s had 15 Atlantic all-stars, and 20 honour roll student-athletes this year who posted a 3.7 GPA or above. The Academic Excellence Award saw a tie between women’s soccer’s Lisa Beck and Louise Yeon, each with a sparkling 4.2 GPA.
Fresh from their showing at nationals, Lacey Banman and Maddie Alvarez shared badminton’s MVP honours, and Alvarez also won the Gary MacLean Award for “outstanding contribution and dedication”. James Whiteman (men’s soccer) received the Norman Grant Award, also for “outstanding contribution and dedication.
For the second year in a row, women’s soccer coach Gary Carter was awarded the Rod Shoveller award for Coach of the Year, and team MVP Allison Avis also took home the H.L. Puxley award for college Female Athlete of the Year. Men’s basketball MVP Ryan Harnett was the winner of the E.E. Bisset award for Male Athlete of Year.
Women’s soccer’s Katrina Macias won college Female Rookie of the Year to go along with her team Rookie of the Year honours, while Duncan Hillhouse (men’s rugby) won rookie honours for his team, and the Calvin Headley Award for college Male Rookie of the Year.