Kurianowicz, Stokes, women’s rugby honoured for September

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September 26, 2013, VICTORIA – The University of Victoria Vikes Varsity Council is pleased to announce that Amanda Kurianowicz, Cameron Stokes and the Women’s Rugby team have been selected as their September 2013 winners for Original Joe’s athletes and team of the month. All winners will be presented a gift certificate to Original Joe’s.


ATHLETE OF THE MONTH – Amanda Kurianowicz, Women’s Field Hockey

Second-year midfielder Amanda Kurianowicz of the women’s field hockey team has been awarded the Original Joe’s female athlete of the month award for September. Despite her team having only played two regular season matches leading up to the award,Kurianowicz’s productivity appears in mid-season form. Through the women’s undefeated pre-season tour in Boston, Kurianowicz was responsible for six of the 13 Vikes goals, including a four-goal-game in their final match versus Dartmouth College. She then carried that scoring touch into the women’s team’s Canada West opening weekend against the Calgary Dinos, where she netted a goal in each of their 6-0 and 2-0 victories. A product of Calgary, Alberta, Kurianowicz’s rookie season highlight saw her scoring the lone Vikes goal in a 1-1 tie with the Calgary Dinos that would qualify them for a 31st CIS Championship appearance. Look for Kurianowicz’s number six on the field as the women’s field hockey team charges towards their first CIS Championship banner since 2008.

ATHLETE OF THE MONTH, Cameron Stokes, Men’s Soccer

Second-year Vike Cameron Stokes of the men’s soccer team has been awarded the Original Joe’s male athlete of the month award for September. Stokes continues to produce in Canada West competition this year. In the opening six games of the season, Stokes is tied with Vike Cam Hundal with a team-high four goals. Stokes’ recent two-goal performance in a 4-0 Vike victory saw him jump on a deflected shot from third-year midfielder Craig Gorman and then rifle it past the Trinity Western goalkeeper. He then chased a ball down to the oppositions 18-yard-box before putting on some fancy footwork and firing a low, rollingshot that also found the back of the net. Stokes’ scoring touch have helped his team to a 4-2-0 record while placing him fifth in Canada West scoring through six games. Keep an eye out for number 11 as the men return to Centennial Stadium, Oct. 6 to face the University of Fraser Valley Cascades.

TEAM OF THE MONTH – Women’s Rugby

After one of the biggest wins for the University of Victoria women’s rugby team in recent memory, they have been awarded the Original Joe’s team of the month for September. After a 2012 campaign that saw the women concede all four games,there was renewed optimism heading into the September XXX clash with the Lethbridge Pronghorns. An upset seemed unlikely as the unranked Vikes faced the No.9 ranked Pronghorns at Wallace Field. The season-opening thriller saw several lead changes throughout as each team battled to score the winning try. A late second-half try by the Vikes looked to be the winning score before Lethbridge battled down the field to tie it up with only minutes remaining.Tied heading into the final play of the game, the Vikes were awarded with apenalty kick and a chance to beat Lethbridge for the first time in over a decade. Second-year fly half Kara Galbraith made no mistake, driving the ball through the uprights as the final whistle blew. Galbraith, along with LauraCrowe-Hutchon and Jaiden Parhar tallied for the Vikes who now look to defeat Calgary and Alberta as they aim for their first ever CIS title.

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.