VANCOUVER (U SPORTS) – UBC goaltender Rowan Harris was honoured as the U SPORTS women’s field hockey Player of the Year Thursday night, as the national award winners were celebrated at the annual All-Canadian gala.
York forward Jaslan Stirling captured the Joyce Slipp Award as Rookie of the Year, while Victoria midfielder Linsday Cole, earned the Gail Wilson Award for her outstanding contribution both on and off the playing field and Queen’s bench boss Rachelle Séguin received the Marina van der Merwe Award as Coach of the Year. OUA referee Denise Pelletier is the Umpire of the Year.
First-year Vikes defender Anna Mollenhauer was a nominee for the Joyce Slipp Rookie of the Year award.
GAIL WILSON AWARD (Student-Athlete Community Service Award): Lindsay Cole, Victoria
Fourth-year midfielder Lindsay Cole wore multiple hats this year as her duties on and off the field have kept her busy as a student-athlete. On the field Cole is one of three co-captains, a regular starter and is one of the most lethal offensive midfielders on the team. The Victoria native is a member of the Canadian national development squad and has been key in sparking the Vikes’ attack, while also playing an important role on both offensive and defensive penalty corners. Cole’s creativity on the field likely stems from her very talented skills as an artist. Cole does paintings by request in what little spare time she has.
In 2017, Cole was a co-recipient of UVic’s Provost Award to the student-athlete across all Vikes teams with the highest GPA. The Mount Douglas Secondary grad earned an 8.8 (out of 9) GPA in sciences and when she isn’t busy studying, training or painting, Cole finds time to give back to the community. Cole is a regular coach in the Victoria junior field hockey league, annually taking on at least two teams and helping develop the next generation of young field hockey players and coaches. She also helps coach in the Victoria high performance regional program, often taking Under-13 teams to club and regional tournaments in Vancouver, while she also manages to juggle helping coach her former high school team in the fall and two middle school teams in the spring. Cole also umpires field hockey games, coaches pole vault and is a volunteer at Aberdeen Hospital as a patient escort.
“I’m very, very proud of Lindsay. I think it’s the most impressive award that we offer because you really have to do everything to win it,” said Victoria head coach Lynne Beecroft. “She is a Canada West All-Star, straight A-plus student, volunteers a lot of her time and I also think she has had some really good mentors along the way including former Vikes Kathleen Leahy and Annie Walters-Shumka, who won this award the previous two years. To be considered to be the most outstanding contributor across the country is outstanding. This year there was another level to her maturity through her captaincy as she worked with the coaches and the team and she was nominated by her team mates for this award so it says a lot about her character.”
OUA: Erin Janna, McGill