Fifth-year Chargers Women’s Volleyball setter and Bachelor of Sport and Fitness Leadership student, Katie Wayling

Camosun College is proud to congratulate fifth-year Chargers Women’s Volleyball setter and Bachelor of Sport and Fitness Leadership student, Katie Wayling, on receiving the prestigious President’s Cup for her outstanding academic and athletic achievements over the 2019-20 season.

Katie is one of many outstanding Camosun Chargers student-athletes to be recognized for their achievements this past season.

Katie Wayling arrived at the college as a second-year student-athlete in 2016-17, and has since accumulated an impressive list of awards and accolades. In 2017, Katie helped the Chargers Women’s Volleyball program reach its’ highest achievement to date, as they finished as the silver medalists on home court at the 2017 Canadian Collegiate Athletics Association (CCAA) National Championships, hosted by Camosun College. Last season, Katie earned the CCAA National Scholar Athlete award and the PACWEST Academic Excellence award, and was named a CCAA Athlete of the Week and PACWEST Athlete of the Week.

The 2019-20 season proved to be another stellar year for Katie, as the 5’6” Castlegar resident added a second PACWEST Academic Excellence award to her registry of achievements, as well as a PACWEST Second Team All-Star. Katie also earned one of the CCAA’s top awards recognizing excellence in both academics and athletics – the distinguished CCAA Academic All-Canadian. Katie led the Chargers to compete at its third CCAA National Championship, where the team made a Top Five national finish for 2020 – all, while maintaining one of the highest GPA’s among her fellow Camosun student-athletes.

“Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we’re unable to host an event to celebrate another great year for the Chargers,” says Sherri Bell, President of Camosun College. “Congratulations to student-athlete Katie Wayling on being the recipient of the President’s Cup. Katie’s leadership on and off the volleyball court will prepare Katie well in all her future endeavors.”

Katie has been a volunteer with the I Am Strong program that strives to empower young girls through movement and conversation. Over the past two years, she has visited many local elementary schools to educate youth on the benefits of journaling, yoga, exercise, and play. She has also been a coach and the program coordinator for a number of youth summer volleyball programs and clinics.

“I am truly honoured to receive this award,” says Katie. “This recognition further ignites my drive to seek out any opportunity to share my love for health and wellness in our community.”

The Derek Twomey Scholarship for Sport was awarded to third-year Chargers Men’s Volleyball left side hitter, Brendan Folkerts (Winnipeg, MB), for his unparalleled work ethic, drive to win and profound sense of what it means to be part of a team. Brendan’s exuberant attitude and athletic ability over the season, also led him to earn a PACWEST Athlete of the Week and PACWEST Championship Player of the Game.

Brendan was among 17 Chargers student-athletes who were recognized for their outstanding academic and athletic accomplishments at the provincial and national levels over the 2019-20 season. In addition, Chargers Women’s Volleyball Head Coach, Brent Hall, earned the coveted PACWEST Coach of the Year award for his leadership and coaching excellence for the second consecutive year!

GRAHAM BASI BBA MVB PACWEST Academic Excellence
EDUARDO BIDA EXWELL MVB CCAA Athlete of the Week (Oct.17, 2019)
PACWEST Athlete of the Week (Oct.7-13, 2019)
ALEX CORDERO BSM GOLF PACWEST All-Star
TAKESHI CROKE UT MBB PACWEST All-Rookie Team
BRENDAN FOLKERTS BSM MVB PACWEST Athlete of the Week (Nov.4-10, 2019)
SIMON HASSEL BSM GOLF PACWEST All-Star
KRISTOFER LA GUARDIA VISART MVB PACWEST All-Rookie Team
PACWEST Provincial Championship All-Star
TESSA LANNON-PAAKSPUU BSFL WBB CCAA All-Canadian
PACWEST Player of the Year
PACWEST Defensive Player of the Year
PACWEST First Team All-Star
PACWEST First Team All-Star
PACWEST Athlete of the Week (Oct.28-Nov.3, 2019)
SHAQUILLE MAHARAJ BSFL MBB CCAA Athlete of the Week (Nov.20, 2019)
PACWEST First Team All-Star
PACWEST Athlete of the Week (Nov.11-17, 2019)
PACWEST Provincial Championship All-Star
GRACIE MAY ADARTS WVB PACWEST All-Rookie Team
HANNAH MAY ADARTS WVB PACWEST Second Team All-Star
TY MOORMAN BSM MVB PACWEST First Team All-Star
VITOR PEREIRA BBA MVB PACWEST First Team All-Star
PACWEST Provincial Championship All-Star
TYLER ROBERTSON BBA GOLF CCAA Athlete of the Week (Sept.24, 2019)
PACWEST Athlete of the Week (Sept.16-22, 2019)
KATIE WAYLING BSFL WVB CCAA Academic All-Canadian
PACWEST Second Team All-Star
PACWEST Academic Excellence
MIKA YAMADA EXWELL WVB PACWEST Athlete of the Week (Nov.4-10, 2019)
PACWEST First Team All-Star
PACWEST Provincial Championship All-Star
COLE YUNGEN BBA GOLF PACWEST Academic Excellence

Five first-year student-athletes were recognized as recipients of the Team Rookie award: Takeshi Croke – Men’s Basketball (Reynolds Secondary); Simon Hassel – Men’s Golf (Claremont Secondary); Kristofer La Guardia – Men’s Volleyball (Vancouver College); Gracie May – Women’s Volleyball (Belmont Secondary); Sadie McMillan-Stowards – Women’s Basketball (Oak Bay High).

Five additional Camosun student-athletes were acknowledged for their Team Leadership throughout the year: Jasmine de Vries – Women’s Basketball (Bachelor of Sport Management); Dale MacDonell – Men’s Volleyball (BBA); Tyler Robertson – Men’s Golf (BBA); Katie Wayling – Women’s Volleyball (BSFL); and Jake Wilmott – Men’s Basketball (UT).

Five Chargers were named Team MVP: Alex Cordero – Men’s Golf (Sport Management); Tessa Lannon-Paakspuu – Women’s Basketball (BSFL); Shaquille Maharaj – Men’s Basketball (BSFL); Vitor Pereira – Men’s Volleyball (BBA); and Mika Yamada – Women’s Volleyball (Exercise and Wellness).

Completing their fifth and final year as post-secondary student-athletes are: Tessa Lannon-Paakspuu, Women’s Basketball (BSFL); Katie Wayling, Women’s Volleyball (BSFL); Tyler Roberston, Men’s Golf (BBA); Atlas St. Paul-Butler, Men’s Basketball (BBA); and Ty Moorman, Men’s Volleyball (Bachelor of Sport Management).

Four Chargers teams celebrated medal-winning finishes this season, with two teams qualifying to compete at the CCAA National Championships:

Men’s Golf 2019 PACWEST Provincial Gold Medalists, Top Eight National Finish
Women’s Volleyball 2019-20 PACWEST Provincial Silver Medalists, Top Five National Finish
Men’s Volleyball 2019-20 PACWEST Provincial Silver Medalists
Men’s Basketball 2019-20 PACWEST Provincial Bronze Medalists

Despite having to cancel their annual awards ceremony amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chargers turned to social media to announce the individual winners of this year’s Team Awards and President’s Cup (conference awards were announced earlier by the PACWEST and CCAA on-line).

“This was another great year for our athletics program,” comments Camosun Athletics Coordinator Graham Matthews. “Although we are not able to stage our annual Chargers Awards Ceremony this year, we are pleased to recognize the amazing accomplishments of our Chargers student-athletes and coaches online, and share them with Chargers family, friends and fans.”