It was a night of celebration at the Olds College Broncos Athletics Awards Banquet. Over 130 student athletes from all Broncos teams packed the Alumni Centre to celebrate the achievements of their teammates and recognize the efforts of Broncos volunteers and coaches.
The evening was headlined by Keynote Speaker Mark McLoughlin, former Kicker for the Calgary Stampeders. McLoughlin commended the student-athletes on their dedication to their sport, their team and their academic performance.
Coaches of each Broncos team submitted their nominees for Rookie of the Year, Impact Player of the Year and Athlete of the Year from his or her team. The Broncos Impact Athletes of the Year are recognized for their contributions to the team both in and out of games. Each coach made their selection based on the impact the athlete had on the team’s success.
Female Rookies of the Year
(L TO R) Clara Serrano, Volleyball; Kayley Watt, Basketball; Hanna Matchett, Hockey; Jamie Flett, Soccer; Julia McCrae, Curling; Lausanne Hillmuth, Rodeo; Dr. Jason Dewling, Vice President, Academic & Research, Olds College.
Male Rookies of the Year
(L to R) Connor Compton, Volleyball; Abraham Murray, Basketball; Tyler Nieuwland, Soccer; Kieran Johnson, Badminton; Garrett Holowath, Curling; Cody McGonigle, Rodeo; Dr. Jason Dewling, Vice President, Academic & Research, Olds College. Missing - Brandan Lyster, Golf
Female Impact Athletes of the Year
(L TO R) – Mark McLoughlin; Danielle Chamberland, Rodeo; Layce Donaldson, Badminton; Emina Arima, Soccer; Madison Nesom, Hockey; Alice-Fay Pitts, Basketball; Jamie Craig, Volleyball
Male Impact Athletes of the Year
(L to R) – Mark McLoughlin; Joseph Faubion, Rodeo; David McCrae, Curling; Jared Dougan, Badminton; Cody Bouchard, Basketball; Waylon Auger, Volleyball; Eric Porter, Soccer ; Missing - Brad Gerspacher, Golf
Female Athlete of the Year
(L to R) Mark McLoughlin; Martina Holtkamp, Rodeo; Jamie Kuzma, Curling; Sherry Hahn, Badminton; Jasmine Flett, Soccer; Chelsea Broadhead, Hockey; Ashley Bodie, Basketball; Tara Yuha, Volleyball. Missing – Rebecca Grabski, Golf.
Male Athlete of the Year
(L to R) – Mark McLoughlin,; Ethan Nielsen, Cross Country; Tyson Corti, Rodeo; Tim O’Shea, Curling; Daniel de Abrue, Soccer; Anthony Heintzman, Basketball; Waylon Auger, Volleyball. Missing – Dustyn Wozyn, Golf.
Overall Award Winners
Overall award winners are selected from each teams’ nominees and were awarded based on merit and the impact that the player made to their team. Congratulations to the winners.
- Female Rookie of the Year – Clara Serrano, Volleyball
- Male Rookie of the Year – Kieran Johnson, Badminton
- Female Impact Athlete of the Year – Madison Nesom, Hockey
- Male Impact Athlete of the Year – Eric Porter, Soccer
- Female Athlete of the Year - Jasmine Flett, Soccer
- Male Athlete of the Year - Anthony Heintzman, Basketball
- Female Academic Student of the Year - Julia McCrae, Mixed Curling, GPA 3.94
- Male Academic Student of the Year, Erik Nottveit, Volleyball, GPA 3.85
Every June, the ACAC recognizes athletes who earned a high standard of academic achievement combined with an extraordinary level of participation in college athletics. Congratulations to the 2015/2016 Academic Athletic Award recipients.
(L to R) – Dr. Jason Dewling; Jaclyn Duursma, Women’s Soccer; Josiah Schut, Men's Soccer; Niels Slotboom, Mens Soccer; Tara Yuha, Women’s Volleyball ; Sierra Harty, Women’s Basketball ; Sherry Hahn, Badminton; Rachel Brodie, Women’s Soccer
CCAA (Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association) Academic All Canadian – Julio Meirelles, Men's Soccer
Olds College is proud of our very own CCAA Academic All Canadian award recipient, Julio Meirelles. Julio was presented with his award as a part of the Night of Distinction celebration.
This year, four Broncos teams managed to maintain a grade point average of over 3.0; Women’s Hockey (3.06 average), Women’s Volleyball (3.12 average), Curling (3.18 average) and Badminton (3.46 average).
The Broncos would like to recognize Badminton athlete Kaitlyn Dougan, who achieved a remarkable 4.0 grade point average.
The Broncos were also able to recognize nearly 50 graduating student-athletes who will not be returning next year.