FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Trent University Honours Top Athletes
Commitment and dedication to sport recognized
Friday, March 26, 2004, Peterborough
Trent University's Department of Athletics and Recreation celebrated athletic achievements and honoured its top athletes on March 25 at the 35th annual Athletic Awards Ceremony, held at the PSB Wilson Athletic Complex.
Stephen Dunbar and Julianna Stonehouse were awarded the Arthur Cup, the University's most prestigious award for graduates who have demonstrated outstanding contribution, sportsmanship, participation, and leadership in athletic programs.
Mr. Dunbar, who hails from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, has been an active athlete, coach and leader in the University's varsity and campus recreation programs. During his first two years at Trent, he competed with and coached the Nordic Skiing team in Ontario University Athletic (OUA) competitions, and this past year, formed and coached the junior varsity team to train new competitive skiers. He has worked tirelessly as president of the Nordic Ski Club to run fundraising events, introductory clinics, and campus recreation events; he is regarded by his peers as an enthusiastic and dedicated athlete and leader. Mr. Dunbar also competed on the varsity rowing team for two years, as a rower, cox and coach. He will graduate this spring with an honours degree in politics and history.
Ms. Stonehouse, who holds a BSc (Biology) and will graduate this spring with a BA (English) has become a well-recognized ambassador for rowing during her years at the University. As a contender at provincial and national competitions, she has earned numerous medals, and holds the distinction of being the most decorated female rower to represent the University. She competed in the Canada Games and rowed in the Team Canada trials in 2002. Ms. Stonehouse is well respected by her peers as an individual who is truly dedicated to the sport of rowing, acting as the University Rowing Club president and convening the popular intramural rowing program to introduce her fellow students to the sport. Ms. Stonehouse, who hails from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, is regarded as a leader and an athlete who sets a high standard of athleticism and dedication.
Director of Athletics Bill Byrick spoke of the credit that Mr. Dunbar and Ms. Stonehouse have brought to their sport, their peers, and to the University as a whole.
"Both Stephen and Julianna have demonstrated on countless occasions the importance of athletics in one's life, and have been leaders in encouraging others to embrace their philosophy. They are exceptional people and most deserving of this honour."
Mr. Byrick also commended Peter van Rooijen, Stephen Hart, and Alex Babaris for receiving five honours each during the evening ceremony. Mr. Van Rooijen received a University Athletic award, two rowing awards, and was honoured for being named an OUA Athlete of the Week and featured in Sports Illustrated magazine's 'Faces in the Crowd'.
Peterborough native Mr. Hart was named the most valuable member of the Nordic Skiing and Cross Country Running teams, was recognized as an OUA All-Star and Athlete of the Week, and received a University Athletic Award.
Mr. Babaris was the recipient of a University Athletic Award, an Excalibur Award of Distinction, the Gary Wolff Leadership Cup, was honoured as an OUA All-Star, and was named the most valuable member of the Swimming team.
The following students were honoured with the University Athletic Award, presented to third- and fourth-year students who have demonstrated a significant contribution to the varsity and campus recreation programs:
The following varsity athletes were honoured for outstanding commitment and dedication to their respective sports:
Guest speaker, alumnus and Olympic gold medalist Rob Marland spoke to the student athletes about the importance of balancing one's personal and professional life through athletic pursuits.
For further information, please contact Bill Byrick, Director of Athletics, 705-748-1252.