The Competitive Clubs Awards Banquet was held on Wednesday night at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Ottawa, celebrating the 2017-18 seasons of the 19 Gee-Gees Competitive Club teams. All teams recognized a Most Valuable Player, while four student-athletes were selected for the evening’s major awards.
ATHLETES OF THE YEAR: Carlie Cholette (synchronized swimming) and Aria Keshoofy (men’s rugby)
It was a repeat of the athlete of the year awards, with both student-athletes following up their award-winning 2016-17 seasons with more accomplishments in 2017-18.
Cholette defended her solo national championship title and also earned a third place at nationals in duet. Those results contributed to the team’s second overall standing at nationals. Cholette has attended a Senior National Team tryout camp with Synchro Canada.
Keshoofy completed his fourth season with the men’s rugby team at the fly half position. He led the Scholar’s Rugby League in scoring and was named the most valuable back. His ability to distribute the ball, run when needed, communicate and make key tackles are unparalleled and with his help the team went undefeated this year.
AWARDS OF MERIT: Brad McKay (baseball) and Sarah Zhang (synchronized swimming)
The Awards of Merit recognize the competitive club student-athletes who best demonstrate success in academics, athletics, and community involvement.
McKay is in a PhD program in Motor Learning, and for years has been involved with youth baseball as a volunteer, coaching in New-Brunswick for midget AAA teams. He has also previously helped coach the University of New Brunswick to two national championships. He was also named the Gee-Gees baseball team MVP for the 2018 season, playing second base and ranking among the team leaders in offensive stats.
Zhang has competed for the Gee-Gees on the novice team and recently began competing in the duet event as well. In February, she helped the Gee-Gees win the national title for novice team for the first time. In addition, she has a GPA of 9.57 in the Faculty of Science. She volunteers on the club executive, and in the community with Let’s Talk Science classroom outreach program as well with an Aboriginal mentorship program.
Badminton (W) - Dana Pothier
Badminton (M) - Kevin Cao
Baseball - Brad McKay
Cheerleading - Nailah Taylor
Dance - Julia Brogno
Equestrian - Riley Boyes
Fastball - Camille Dubé
Fencing (W) - Stephanie Prystupa-Maule
Fencing (M) - Patrick Fournier
Golf (M) – Gabriel Gingras
Golf (W) - Ashley Thompson
Ringette - Amanda Moisan
Rowing (W) - Ciara Stevenson
Rowing (M) - Alex Hickey
Rugby (M) - Aria Keshoofy
Soccer (M) - Nicholas Aramouni
Synchronized Swimming - Isabelle MacLean
Ultimate (W) - Camille Bédard
Ultimate (M) - Habib Atallah
Volleyball (M) Félix Hugnagel
Waterpolo (W) - Danielle Hirsh
Waterpolo (M) - Raphael Siegel