The 2019-20 PACWEST season has flown by for many Chargers fans who have just a few dates remaining to catch their favourite teams on Camosun’s home court at the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence.
This weekend, the Chargers Basketball Teams will play their final home games as they tip-off against the Okanagan College Coyotes from Kelowna.
Friday, Feb. 7 Women 6pm Men 8pm
Saturday, Feb. 8 Women 10am Men 12noon
On Friday, the Chargers will recognize two fifth-year basketball student-athletes, Tessa Lennon-Paakspuu and Atlas St. Paul- Butler, with a special presentation between the Women’s and Men’s games.
After graduating from Oak Bay High and playing under Chris Franklin, St. Paul-Butler made the leap to U Sports where he played his first four years at Grant MacEwan (Edmonton). The 6’6” forward recently returned to his home town of Victoria to suit up for the Chargers in his final year.
Tessa Lannon-Paakspuu will graduate from Camosun this year with a Bachelor of Sport and Fitness Leadership (BSFL). The 5’5” guard from Kelowna is the PACWEST’s current points and steals leader and has played all five years at Camosun. Her career highlights to date include finishing with her team first as a PACWEST silver medalist in 2018, and then winning bronze the following year, as well as being named the conference’s first Female Defensive Player of the Year and a CCAA National Scholar Athlete, and earning a PACWEST First Team All-Star and All-Rookie Team award.
On Valentines’ Day (Friday, Feb. 14), the Chargers Volleyball Teams will hit home court for the final time this season with an exciting Island-rivalry match-up against the VIU Mariners. First serve for the Women is at 6pm with the Men’s match to follow.
Three fifth-year student-athletes will be recognized following the Women’s game. Included are Tyler Robertson (Men’s Golf), Katie Wayling (Women’s Volleyball) and Ty Moorman (Men’s Volleyball), who is playing his final year, after playing professionally in Sweden and winning a CCAA National title with the Red Deer College Kings.
Tyler Robertson, who completed his five years with the Chargers Men’s Golf Team this past Fall, helped the program to five podium finishes at the PACWEST Provincial Championships (three gold, a silver and a bronze) and a CCAA National title in 2015.
Women’s Volleyball setter, Katie Wayling, came to the Chargers as a second-year student-athlete in 2016-17 and has since earned a number of accolades including CCAA National Scholar Athlete, PACWEST Academic Excellence, CCAA and PACWEST Athlete of the Week, and finishing with her team as the silver medalists at the 2017 CCAA National Women’s Volleyball Championships.
Catch all five student-athletes over the next two Fridays as they step onto home court for the final time.
At each Friday evening event, fans will be treated to FREE cake and a host of chances to win a variety of Chargers-branded prizes. Rampage (the Chargers mascot) will be in the house, handing out FREE kids’ tees (while they last) to our youngest fans, and the Camosun Alumni Association will be on site to host the second annual Chargers Alum Meet ’n’ Greet on the 3rd Floor of PISE (6-10pm both nights).