Cross country Student-Athletes of the Year

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By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications, with files from Canada West

November 8, 2013, EDMONTON (ISN) – Kyle Irvine and Kendra Pomfret, both from the University of Victoria Vikes, have been selected Canada West cross-country Student-Athletes of the Year.

The 2013 Canadian Interuniversity Sport cross country races will be hosted by Western University on Saturday in London, Ontario, where all remaining Canada West and CIS award-winners will be determined.

Kyle Irvine is the Canada West male Student-Athlete of the Year. He has been volunteering at the Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s Health every Sunday for the past two years and is specifically involved in the Family Friend Program, an initiative pairing volunteers with a family that has a child with a disability. Kyle works with an eight-year-old boy with patau syndrome and facilitates adaptive activities that promote both physical and mental development. Kyle provides social support and an opportunity for this individual to interact and be creative.

Kyle has also has volunteered for theVikes Elementary School Relays for the past four years organizing track and field camps for elementary school students. He acted as both an instructor and a camp counselor for kids between the ages of 4 and 12 teaching them the fundamentals of track and field and healthy living.

“Kyle grew up on a farm in northern BC and has a brother and two sisters. He was a walk-on to our team after being cut from the UVic soccer team. He has progressed a long way as an athlete and has been our men’s team captain for the past two years,” said Brent Fougner, head coach of the Vikes. “He will convocate in June of 2014 with a degree in Microbiology and his goal is to attend medical school in September. Kyle’s leadership and maturity have been valued assets to his teammates and coaches. He is a very caring person and he truly believes that a team is stronger then its parts. As a team captain Kyle excels at bringing the best out of everyone.”

In addition, Kyle has recently started volunteering with Special Olympics Victoria, an organization that gives children and adults with an intellectual disability the opportunity to participate in organized sport.

Kyle is also a dynamic member of the UVic Vikes Varsity Council. Kyle helped plan and organize a variety of fundraising and community engagement activities and helped coordinate volunteer work for the varsity teams. Kyle is a loyal Vikes ambassador and has spent the past two seasons as captain for the men’s track and cross-country teams at UVic.

Canada West women’s Student-Athlete of the Year, Kendra Pomfret, has been an active member of the UVic Vikes varsity council for the past three seasons. Growing from her role as the social chair to a member of the executive part of the council, Kendra has been involved in organizing varsity-wide social functions including fundraising events for charities such as Shoot for the Cure, Raise a Reader and a variety of inter-varsity team social engagements. Additionally, Kendra has joined Clint Hamilton, Director of Athletics and Recreation for UVic Vikes, on numerous occasions as a varsity speaker such as the UVic Senate Meeting and the Vikes Championship breakfast.

“Kendra is a great leader on the team with both her athletic achievements, as well as her community service,” said Brent Fougner, head coach of the Vikes cross-country and track program. “She has been involved with RIV for over 2 years and it is evident that she is committed to making a difference in the young woman’s life with cerebral palsy. As a volunteer with RIV, Mercy Ships and the UVic Varsity Counsel, she is becoming a recognized contributor to the community.”

Kendra’s leadership extends outside of the Vikes as she is a volunteer with Recreation Integration Victoria. This organization has a strong motif on facilitating active lifestyles for people with disabilities. Kendra works one-on-one with a young woman who is living with Cerebral palsy. Kendra initiates recreation activities with the young woman like going to the gym, swimming and walking.

On top of her already busy schedule, Kendra has also been volunteering with Mercy Ships since 2012. Kendra helped a friend get Mercy Ships approved as a club at UVic to raise money for their initiatives. Mercy Ships is a large organization that has doctor ships sailing around Africa doing free surgeries for people who are in incredible need. They also help develop heath, education, agriculture, and water in the surrounding communities to help development, decrease risk of HIV/Aids, etc.

About Canada West Universities Athletic Association

Canada West is consistently the most decorated of the four conferences in Canadian Interuniversity Sport, winning 100 CIS national over the last 10 seasons. Comprised of 17 schools from the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, Canada West produces numerous major award winners and Academic All-Canadian student-athletes each year, with many going on to athletic success around the globe in pro leagues or events such as the Olympics, Paralympics or Universiade Games. http://www.canadawest.org/  / canadawest.tv / @cwuaa on Twitter

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