Trent Athletics honoured their own Tuesday evening in the university’s 43rdannual athletic awards
The event, which took place in the Great Hall of Champlain College, paid homage to the more than 300 varsity athletes and coaches from 20 varsity teams which competed under the Excalibur banner this past season.
Highlighting the night was the university’s most prestigious award, the Arthur Cup, which is given to the male and female graduating students who have demonstrated the highest level of sportsmanship, participation, and leadership in Trent’s athletic programs.
This year’s worthy recipients were Joey McClement and Maija Robinson
Robinson, a varsity rower, maintains a long list of accomplishments and commitments to her sport, her academics and the community. In addition to being a three time Academic All Canadian and two time OUA provincial bronze medalist, the Biology major coached the St Peter’s secondary school team to a national silver medal, was named president of the Trent University Rowing Club and assisted with local charity’s; namely Kawartha Food Share and The Run to Live Campaign.
In addition to her extraordinary contributions, Robinson was named as one of the Ontario University Athletics’ Women of Influence in 2011 in recognition for her outstanding achievements.
“Maija is one of those people who excels at everything she does,” states Trent’s Athletic Director Bill Byrick. “She is an individual who will make a significant difference in this world.
Long pole defender McClement, is a four year veteran and team captain of the Varsity Lacrosse team. The Georgetown native, made his significant contribution to Trent’s athletic programs on and off the field as leader to the younger athletes, setting an example with his calming influence on the field and his unparalleled support of the other Excalibur varsity programs off of it.
“Joey has developed into a steady, dependable force on the lacrosse pitch and in the Athletic Centre,” comments Byrick.
The other notable award of merit is the Gary Wolf Leadership award which was bestowed upon fifth year soccer goal keeper, Josip Bosnjak.
The Gary Wolf award is presented each year to the student who best demonstrates determination, and leadership through balancing sport, community involvement and academic performance.
Bosnjak played a key role in the teams back to back play-off appearances in 2010 and 2011, while balancing his academic and community commitments. The Environmental Science student is known for his vocal leadership on the field and his quiet determination in his training and academics.
Rounding out the major awards is the newly minted Varsity Community Betterment award.
Created three years ago, the award is presented to the varsity athlete or team which plays a significant role in the community and the betterment of social, economic and/or environmental issues.
This year’s recipient is the Trent Men’s Rugby program whose active involvement in the Movember campaign raised $2,250 over two years for prostate cancer research as well as held a Teddy Bear Toss during the Head of the Trent homecoming celebration which resulted in over 40 teddy bears being donated to the Peterborough Regional Health Centre.