On Saturday night the University of Ottawa Sports Services annual varsity athletic banquet was held at the Marriott Hotel. Robertson and Sunley-Paisley were recognized with the 2011-12 Athlete of the Year awards, and all eleven varsity teams recognized their Most Valuable Players.
Leaving with top honours were graduating student-athletes Hannah Sunley-Paisley, Toronto, Ont. and Michael Robertson, Williamstown, Ont. who were named Female and Male athletes of the year. Robertson claimed double-gold medals with the 4x200 and 4x400 meter relay teams at the CIS Track and Field Championships, and also won a silver in his 300 meter individual event.
Matthieu Methot of the men's hockey team won the President's Award for outstanding combination of athletic and academic success, while providing leadership and service to the community. Erika Pouliot of the women's hockey team won the female President's Award.
The Director’s Awards were presented to uOttawa athletes who have achieved national recognition with an individual award as a rookie or as a first-team All-Canadian. This year the Gee-Gees where proud to acknowledge 10 athletes who fit that category.
The Director's Award Winners are:
CIS All-Rookie team and OUA East Division All-Star Michael L’Africain, Oakville, Ont.
60 m hurdles CIS gold medal winner Sekou Kaba, Guinea.
CIS gold medal winning 4X200 relay team Devin Biocchi Ottawa, Ont., Oluwasegun Makinde Ottawa, Ont., Toluwalope Makinde, Ottawa, Ont., Michael Robertson, Williamstown, Ont.
CIS All-Rookie team member Valérie Watson, St-Hyacinthe, Qué.
CIS gold medal (1000m) ,OUA Track and field female MVP Jennifer Perrault Burlington, Ont.,
OUA East basketball Rookie of the Year, Kellie Ring Ottawa, Ont.,
CIS player of the year Hannah Sunley-Paisley, Toronto, Ont.,
Here is a complete list of all major award winners and team MVPs
Male athlete of the year: Michael Robertson (Track & Field)
Female athlete of the year: Hannah Sunley-Paisley (Basketball)
Matthieu Methot (Hockey)
Érika Pouliot (Hockey)
Student Therapists of the Year:
Jovana Smoljanic (Men’s Basketball)
Adam Kourakis (Men’s Hockey)
Most Valuable Player Awards:
Men’s basketball: Johnny Berhanemeskel
Women’s basketball: Bess Lennox
Men’s Cross Country: Justin Jakeman
Women’s Cross Country: Isabelle Kanz
Football: Simon Le Marquand
Men’s Hockey: Luc Olivier Blain
Women’s Hockey: Valérie Watson
Women’s Rugby: Sarah Meng
Women’s Soccer: Gillian Baggott
Men’s Swimming: Adam Best
Women’s Swimming: Eryn Weldon
Men’s Track & Field: Sekou Kaba
Women’s Track & Field: Jennifer Perrault
Women’s Volleyball: Karina Krueger Schwanke