CIS athletes of the week (#24) York’s Bingham, Richards-Kwok honoured

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March 13, 2014, OTTAWA (ISN) – Track and field standouts Khamica Bingham and Dontae Richards-Kwok, both from York University, are the ArcelorMittal Dofasco CIS female and male athletes of the week for the period ending March 9, 2014.

Bingham, a second-year humanities student from Brampton, Ont., was named the most outstanding female athlete of the CIS championships after winning three gold medals and setting a national meet record at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton. The talented sprinter opened the competition last Thursday by winning the 60m in a meet-record time of 7.26 seconds, and on the second day of action won the 300m (38.36). She concluded her domination on Saturday by running the opening leg of the Lions’ gold-medal winning 4x200m relay and ended up contributing 30 of the team’s 41 points as the Lions finished ninth in the women’s standings.

Moncton hockey player Gabrielle Forget, Montreal hockey player Élodie Rousseau-Sirois and Saskatchewan basketball player Dalyce Emmerson were also nominated for the women’s award.

Richards-Kwok, a fourth-year psychology student from Mississauga, Ont., merited the George Gemer Award as male MVP of the CIS championships after winning four gold medals and leading the Lion men to the team banner, the program’s first in 30 years. The fifth-year sprinter won the 60m on Day 1 and the 300m on Day 2, then concluded the meet by running the opening leg of the 4x200m relay and the final leg of the 4x400m relay, both gold-medal efforts. Richards-Kwok, who contributed 40 of the Lions’ 103 points, is now the most decorated student-athlete in York track and field history, finishing his career with 14 CIS medals, 10 of them gold.

Acadia hockey player Liam Heelis, Laval track and field star Charles Philibert-Thiboutot and Alberta hockey player Jamie Crooks were the other male nominees.

Female nominees:

  • AUS: Gabrielle Forget, hockey, Moncton
  • RSEQ: Élodie Rousseau-Sirois, hockey, Montreal
  • OUA: Khamica Bingham, track & field, York (recipient)
  • CWUAA: Dalyce Emmerson, basketball, Saskatchewan

Male nominees:

  • AUS: Liam Heelis, hockey, Acadia
  • RSEQ: Charles Philibert-Thiboutot, track & field, Laval
  • OUA: Dontae Richards-Kwok, track & field, York (recipient)
  • CWUAA: Jamie Crooks, hockey, Alberta

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