Roske President’s Cup Winner, MacKinnon and Woodland Named Athletes of the Year


By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications

VICTORIA, B.C. (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes awarded their major awards and honoured three new inductees into the UVic Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday night, at the Victoria Conference Center.

Top honours for the evening went to Alicia Roske, of the women’s cross-country and track program. Roske was announced as the 2011-12 President’s Cup winner, awarded annually to an outstanding student-athlete in their fourth or fifth year that best combines scholastic achievement and athletic ability. Men’s fifth-year basketball player Ryan MacKinnon and golfer, Megan Woodland, were named male and female athletes of the year, respectively.

Women’s field hockey player and current head coach, Lynne Beecroft, was inducted into the UVic Sports Hall of Fame this year as an athlete for her 1975-79 contributions to the Vikettes and her 58-cap career with the Canadian national team. Also inducted into the Class of 2012 was paralympic swimmer Michael Edgson who completed four seasons with the Vikes and went on to win 21 Paralympic medals across three Paralympic Games. Lastly, the 1981-82 women’s basketball team was inducted for their impressive 24-1 record that won UVic their third-straight CIAU national title. The women’s team was led by head coach Kathy Shields, as well as stand-out players Luanne Krawetz (nee Hebb) and Tracie McAra (nee Sibbald), all three of who are already members of the UVic Sports Hall of Fame individually.

The President’s Cup is given annually to the outstanding student-athlete in fourth or fifth year who best combines scholastic achievement and athletic ability.

Alicia Roske, Women’s cross-country and track (Regina, Sask.)
Alicia Roske committed five years to the Vikes cross-country and track program. In the fall cross-country season, Roske raced to a second-place finish at the St. Martin’s Invitational and also helped the Vikes women to a silver medal at the CIS Championship. The fifth-year took gold honours in the 3000-meter event at the Canada West track championship this past year and was also named a Canada West track first team all-star. For three of her five seasons with the Vikes, Roske was elected captain and served as the Varsity Council representative. The business major has mastered the balance of being a student-athlete, excelling in the classroom and ending last season with a 7.4 GPA. On the side, Roske has committed to St. Michael’s school, volunteering as a Business mentor and she helped found the environmental club known as “Eco Tigers” at Torquay Elementary, in Victoria.

The Athlete of the Year awards are presented to one male and one female athlete, based upon outstanding achievements in university competition over the past 12 months.

Ryan MacKinnon, Men’s Basketball (Comox, B.C.)
Ryan MacKinnon has been a dedicated and committed student-athlete to the Vikes program since he first stepped foot on the court in 2007. He closed out his fifth season with a nod from the CIS as a second team All-Canadian, as well as being named a Canada West first team all-star. MacKinnon was the Canada West leader in three-pointers with 55 this season and tallied an impressive 204 three-pointers over his five-year career. With the number six proudly worn on his back, the talented guard led the Vikes in scoring 13 of 18 conference games and scored the game-winning basket on a three-pointer in three of the Vikes’ 14 wins. Along with an outstanding performance on the court, the Comox native was the team captain this season and always demanded the best from his teammates. He was a member of the Vikes Varsity Council and was seen leading a variety of community events such as the TLC Fund for Kids Basketball camp.

The other finalists for male athlete of the year were cross-country and track runner Clifford Childs, 600-m track specialist Adam Gaudes and rookie soccer midfielder Cam Hundal.

Megan Woodland, Women’s Golf (Victoria, B.C.)
Megan Woodland has been both an inspirational captain and powerful leader for the Vikes golf program this season. In April 2011, Woodland finished eighth in the All-Regional Championship and her top-15 performance at NAIA Nationals qualified her as an NAIA All-American and a the opportunity to competed for Canada at the World Universiade Games in China. This fall, the Claremont Secondary graduate was the leader for the Vikes in every single competition. She had overall individual second-place finishes at the Grand Canyon Fall Invite, the Saint Martin’s Invitational and the Escondido Women’s Intercollegiate invitational. Woodland helped the Vikes to a first-place team finish at the Vikes Shootout after she shot two-over-par to also be crowned the individual champion. In March, Woodland tore the course up in her final round to catch a five-stroke lead and be crowned champion at the 2012 Cavalier Classic.

The other finalists for female athlete of the year were 600-m track champion Rachel Francois, Junior National cross-country champion Ellen Pennock, and Under-21 Canadian national soccer team stand-out Jaclyn Sawicki.

The Chancellor’s Award is presented to a student-athlete, who is an outstanding contributor to his or her team, both in and out of the competition venue. They provide leadership and vision exemplifying the goals of the team.

John Pratt, Men’s Track (Victoria, B.C.)
In only his second season with the Vikes track program, John Pratt has already established himself as a leader, not only within his team but also within the entire varsity community. A consistently contributing member of the varsity council and dedicated athlete, Pratt also finds time during the season to volunteer at Reynolds Secondary, in Victoria, as both a coach and as a student counselor. The social sciences major truly embodied the spirit of student-athlete, positing a GPA of 8.33 in 2010-11 and a 2011 fall GPA of 8.0. On top of his academics, Pratt was named, in this season alone, a Canada West second team all-star, a CIS second team All-Canadian and is currently the reigning Western Canada Games 800-m and 4×400-m champion.

The other finalists for the Chancellor’s award were Varsity council president and soccer player Bobby Eng, four-year women’s rowing team captain Leanne Fells and Cross-country and track team captain Alicia Roske.

The Robert T. Wallace Shield recognizes the outstanding female and male student-athlete in his or her first year of competition in intercollegiate sports.

Rachel Francois, Women’s Track (St. Albert, Alta.)
Rachel Francois was undefeated in the 600-m race all season, including breaking the school record with a time of 1:30.15. At the Canada West Championship, Francois earned two golds, in the 600-m and 4×800-m, and also a silver medal in the 4×400-m relay. At the CIS National Championship, in Winnipeg, the rookie was the onlyVike to be named a CIS first team All-Canadian after she earned a gold medal in the 600-m and a silver medal in the 4×800-m relay. She also helped the Vikes women break a school record in the 4×400-m relay and was named the 2012 CIS track Rookie of the Year.

The other finalists for female rookie of the year were Amy Lawrence, from women’s soccer, and Ellen Pennock, from women’s cross-country.

Cam Hundal, Men’s Soccer (Surrey, B.C.)
This season, rookie Cam Hundal was named a Canada West second team all-star and Canada West rookie of the year as the Vikes went 10-2-2 in regular season play. At the CIS National Championships, hosted in Victoria, Hundal captured the hearts of many Vikes fans as he assisted and scored game-winning goals in both the semifinal and championship game. The Surrey native’s performance in the 3-1 victory that solidified CIS gold for UVic did not go unnoticed. Hundal was named to the tournament all-star list and was also honoured as the tournament MVP.

The other finalists for male rookie of the year were men’s rugby player Patrick Kay and cross-country runner Ryan Cassidy.

The Provost Award is presented to a returning student-athlete with the highest academic acreage in the previous year. This award was presented earlier this year at the Vikes Honour Roll luncheon, when the Vikes celebrated the 63 Academic All-Canadian award recipients.

Jonathan Chandler, Men’s Rowing (Brentwood Bay, B.C.)
Jonathan Chandler, a social sciences major, earned a GPA of 8.75 in the 2010-11 school year. He is a member of the Vikes rowing team that won bronze at the 2011 Canadian University Rowing Championship held in Welland, Ontario. Chandler was a member of the men’s lightweight four that won silver and the men’s eight crew that won bronze.

The Times Colonist Publisher’s Award for Community Contributors is awarded to those individuals within the community who have made an outstanding volunteer contribution to a varsity program.

Rob and Colleen Hirschfield, Men’s and Women’s Basketball
Since 2004, Rob and Colleen Hirschfield have been committed to the Vikes men’s and women’s basketball program. In the beginning, the Hirschfield’s provided meals, such as sandwiches, for both teams but as the seasons rolled on, it grew to more deluxe home-cooked meals like meatloaf or turkey. Each week, in season, Rob and Colleen prepared hot meals at home and brought them up to UVic for the athlete to enjoy after Tuesday night practices. For eight seasons, the Hirschfield’s have been dedicated Vikes fans on the sidelines of Ken and Kathy Shields court cheering with blue and gold spirit. Both Rob and Colleen have volunteered their time, efforts and money to put on these team diners for the sheer reason that they love to love people and, in particular, the Vikes.

Recipients are varsity student-athletes who have competed as a member of a national team or played professionally over the past year.

Cross-Country and Track: Ryan Cassidy, Rachel Francois, Dylan Haight, Jenna van Vliet, Clifford Childs, Ellen Pennock
Field Hockey: Brendan Bissett, Sam Jones, James Kirkpatrick, Kathleen Leahy, Matthew Sarmento, Kaitlyn Williams
Golf: Alyssa Herkel, Megan Woodland
Rowing: Kai Langerfeld, Josh Morris
Rugby: Abby Goodwin, Randy Hunter, Lukas Balkovec, Brett Beukeboom, Dustin Dobravsky, Sean Duke, Michael Fauilefau, Nathan Hirayama, Jake Ilnicki, Chase Keliher, Patrick Kay, Phil Mack, Lucien Nel, Beau Parker, Casey Reed, Doug Woolridge
Soccer: Jaclyn Sawicki

Recognizes the unsung hero on each squad, peer selected for leadership, dedication, community involvement and positive attitude.
Basketball: Zac Andrus, Jessica Renfrew
Field Hockey: Derrick Norton, Courtney Low
Golf: Brynn Tomie
Rowing: Brendan Downey, Ingrid Braul
Rugby: Tony La Carte, Melissa Robinson
X-Country/Track: Clifford Childs, Alicia Roske
Soccer: James Rhodes, Stephanie Parker
Swimming: Robert Harling, Julia Schmidt


Christian J. Stewart
Christian is a professional photographer and media professional based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Currently working as the Assistant General Manager for Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club, a Senior Contributing Editor and photographer at Independent Sports News (ISN) and operating his own freelance photography and media/pr company.