Vikes major award finalists for 2012-13 season announced

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By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications

March 28, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes have announced their nominees for the 2012-13 major awards which will be handed out in one week, Wed. April 3rd, at the annual Celebration of Champions banquet at the Victoria Conference Centre.

The Celebration of Champions recognizes the outstanding individual and team accomplishments from the past varsity season. 


Major individual awards to be distributed include the Provost Award for Excellence, Robert T. Wallace Shield Rookie of the Year awards, Chancellor’s Award, Publisher’s Award, Male and Female Athletes of the Year and the President’s Cup.

The UVic Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2013 will also be inducted at the banquet. This year’s inductees include two athletes, Silverado Socrates (Cross-Country and Track) and Nicci Wright (Women’s Soccer), and one builder, Dr. Derek Ellis (Cross-Country and Track). MORE INFO


Nominees listed below are listed in alphabetical order.

Provost Award for Excellence

This award is presented to a returning varsity student-athlete with the highest academic average who has satisfied the minimum requirements for acclamation as an Academic All-Canadian based on the previous year.

Olivia de Goede, Soccer

Robert T. Wallace Shield Rookie of the Year – Male

Eric Hedlin, Swimming

Alex Walker, Rowing

Nathan Yanagiya, Rugby

Robert T. Wallace Shield Rookie of Year – Female

Jenna Bugiardini, Basketball

Sarah Douglas, Soccer

Annie Walters-Shumka, Field Hockey

Chancellor’s Award

This award is given to the outstanding student-athlete in fourth or fifth year who best combines scholastic achievement and athletic ability.

Stephanie Parker, Soccer

Kendra Pomfret, Cross-Country and Track

Jessica Renfrew, Basketball

Athlete of the Year – Female

Rachel Francois, Cross-Country and Track

Megan Woodland, Golf

Debbie Yeboah, Basketball

Athlete of the Year – Male

Terrell Evans, Basketball

Carson Kallis, Golf

Will O’Connell, Rowing

Thomas Riva, Cross-Country and Track

President’s Cup

This award is presented annually to a student-athlete who is a contributor to the team. She/he provides leadership and vision exemplifying the goals of the team.

Jonathan Chandler, Rowing

Sean Duke, Rugby

Debbie Yeboah, Basketball

Times Colonist Publisher’s Award for Community Contributions

This award is presented to the individual(s) within the community who have made an outstanding voluntary contribution to a varsity program.

Ingrid Ruys, Cross-Country and Track

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