Camosun Charger Elyse Matthews captures President’s Cup

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Bonita Joe

April 11, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Thursday evening, student-athletes, coaches and supporters of the Camosun College Chargers gathered at the Harbour Towers Hotel to recognize the achievements of the College’s student-athletes at Camosun’s 19th Annual Athletic Awards Ceremony.

Third-year wing Elyse Matthews from the Chargers women’s basketball team took the spotlight earning the prestigious President’s Cup award for her outstanding achievements in academics and athletics.

Ms. Matthews scored a perfect 9.0 grade point average in her Fall 2012 full-time program of studies in Camosun’s University Transfer program. Described as an outstanding leader and exceptionally talented athlete, Ms. Matthews earned a number of awards for her athletic and scholastic achievements this season including the SIRC-CCAA Academic All-Canadian Award, the PACWEST Academic Award, the PACWEST 1st Team All-Star Award and the Chargers Women’s Basketball Team Leadership Award.

“I am continually impressed by the achievements of the Chargers student-athletes,” stated John Boraas, Camosun College Vice President Academic. “This is the second-consecutive year that an individual from the Chargers women’s basketball program has achieved a 9.0 grade point average and Camosun is extremely proud of all the accomplishments the Chargers athletes have made.”

Fifth-year men’s volleyball leftside Garrett Marcellus  was the recipient of the Linda Henderson Award for Excellence for demonstrating commitment, strength of character and a high level of proficiency in the sport of volleyball.

As one of only four players to ever play five full years at Camosun, Marcellus was recognized for his commitment to the Chargers program, his dedication to developing into the best athlete he could be, his strength of character and his career as both an All-Star and a Provincial Champion.

A new award was presented in honour of the late Chargers setter, Derek Twomey, who passed away tragically two years ago. The Derek Twomey Scholarship for Sport was awarded to second-year Chargers setter Ryan Thain (Surrey, BC) who was selected by Derek’s former team mates and coaches as the first-time winner of the scholarship for his fighting spirit, commitment to hard work and passion for the game.

Sponsored by Accent Inns, the PACWEST Academic Excellence Award was presented to 11 Camosun student-athletes for achieving an honours standing over a minimum period of one full academic year. Recipients from the women’s basketball team included Haley Carmichael (Arts & Science), Brianne Larson (Arts & Science) , Elyse Matthews (University Transfer) and Melissa Poce (Sport Management). From men’s basketball were Jordan Elvedahl (Sport Performance) and Rulon Schmidt (Mechanical Engineering). From men’s golf was Jared Hundza (Business Administration) and from men’s volleyball, Alex Sadowski (Electrical Engineering). Women’s volleyball team recipients included Kelsey Clarke (Associate of Arts), Carly Hilliard (Arts & Science) and Morgan Marshall (Exercise Wellness).

A record number of student-athletes were recognized for their outstanding academic and athletic accomplishments at the Provincial and National levels. Eighteen Chargers were the recipients of the PACWEST and CCAA awards which were sponsored by Wilson’s Transportation:

JarredCallbeck                    Men’s Golf                             CCAA All-Canadian

                                            SIRC-CCAA Academic All-Canadian

                                            PACWEST Men’s Player of the Year

                                            PACWEST 1st Team All-Star

                                            PACWEST Athlete of the Week (Sept. 24-30, 2012)

                                            PACWEST Athlete of the Week (Sept. 10-16, 2012)

Natalie Delange         Women’s Volleyball     PACWEST All-Rookie Team

Drake Downer           Men’s Basketball         PACWEST Athlete of the Week (Nov. 26-Dec. 2, 2012)

Jordan Elvedahl        Men’s Basketball         SIRC-CCAA Academic All-Canadian

                                                                   PACWEST 2nd Team All-Star


Jeremy Finn            Men’s Volleyball                 PACWEST Athlete of the Week (Nov. 12-18, 2012)

                                                                       PACWEST Athlete of the Week (Jan. 21-27, 2013)

Ella Goldschmid                    Women’s Basketball          SIRC-CCAA Academic All-Canadian

                                            PACWEST 2nd Team All-Star

                                            PACWEST Athlete of the Week (Jan. 7-13, 2013)

Hilary Graham                      Women’s Volleyball            SIRC-CCAA Academic All-Canadian

                                            PACWEST 2nd Team All-Star

                                            PACWEST Athlete of the Week (Feb. 4-10, 2013)

Carly Hilliard           Women’s Volleyball            PACWEST Athlete of the Week (Nov. 19-25, 2012)

Andrew Inglis         Men’s Volleyball                 PACWEST 1st Team All-Star

                                                                       PACWEST Athlete of the Week (Nov. 19-25, 2012)

Kaz Kobayashi                      Men’s Basketball                 PACWEST All-Rookie Team

Ryan Marcellus                     Men’s Volleyball                  PACWEST All-Rookie Team

Morgan Marshall                  Women’s Volleyball   PACWEST Athlete of the Week (Jan. 7-13, 2013)

Elyse Matthews                    Women’s Basketball         SIRC-CCAA Academic All-Canadian

PACWEST 1st Team All-Star


Lachlan Polson                     Men’s Volleyball                  PACWEST All-Rookie Team

Alex Sadowski                      Men’s Volleyball                 SIRC-CCAA Academic All-Canadian

PACWEST 1st Team All-Star


Melissa VanDyk     Women’s Basketball         Rookie of the Year

                                                                    PACWEST All-Rookie Team

Alex Wolf              Men’s Volleyball                PACWEST Athlete of the Week (Jan. 28-Feb. 3, 2013)

Evan Woodson      Men’s Basketball               PACWEST All-Rookie Team

Five student-athletes were recognized as Team Rookie. Those included Natalie Delange from GP Vanier, Courtenay (women’s volleyball), Esquimalt grad James Giuffre (men’s basketball), Lachlan Polson from Claremont (men’s volleyball), Grant Maskiewich from Smithers Secondary (men’s golf) and Claremont grad Melissa Van Dyk (women’s basketball).

Five additional student-athletes were acknowledged for theirTeam Leadership throughout the year. Among those were Garrett Marcellus (men’s volleyball), Morgan Marshall (women’s volleyball), Elyse Matthews (women’s basketball), Rulon Schmidt (men’s basketball) and Kevin Walz (men’s golf).

A final group of Camosun athletes received the Team MVP award and included Jarred Callbeck (men’s golf), Jordan Elvedahl (men’s basketball), Hilary Graham (women’s volleyball), Ella Goldschmid (women’s basketball) and Andrew Inglis (men’s volleyball).

Student-athletes graduating from the Chargers athletics program were also recognized for their valued contributions, included were third-year student-athletes Jordan Elvedahl, Prab Parmar and Rulon Schmidt from the men’s basketball program; fifth-year veterans Andrew Inglis and Garrett Marcellus from men’s volleyball; third-year student-athletes Chhase McFarlen (men’s volleyball) and Haley Carmichael (women’s basketball) and sixth-year golf veteran KevinWalz.

“Our student-athletes and coaches worked extremely hard this year and I’m very proud of their achievements,” said Camosun Recreation and Athletics Coordinator Graham Matthews.  “We look forward to another great season in 2013-14!”