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Trent University Honours Top Athletes at Annual Awards Ceremony
March 3, 2007

Trent University’s Department of Athletics and Recreation celebrated student athletic achievement at the annual Athletic Awards Ceremony, held at the PSB Wilson Athletic Complex on Wednesday, March 28.

University Athletic AwardsVarsity rugby players, Michael Moores, Sara Pieper, and Amy Bambury were awarded the Arthur Cup, the University’s most prestigious award for graduates who have demonstrated outstanding contribution, sportsmanship, participation, and leadership in the athletic programs.

A fourth-year psychology major originally from Mississauga, Ontario, Michael Moores has been a member of the Varsity men’s rugby team throughout his time at Trent. As an Arthur Cup winner, he is recognized for his strong play and leadership on the field and his positive influence off the field. Mr. Moores has also acted as the men’s rugby president and captain for the past two seasons. In 2004 he was voted the team’s "best back" and was named an Ontario University Athletics (OUA) All-Star for the past two years as well as team MVP. Last year, Mr. Moores was also presented with a University Athletic Award at the annual awards ceremony.

The Arthur CupCo-winners of the Arthur Cup, Amy Bambury and Sara Pieper are also Varsity rugby players, having both played on the women’s team for the past four years. Ms. Bambury and Ms. Pieper have also been recognized as Academic All-Canadians in each of their years’ at Trent.

Originally from Kitchener, Ontario, history and English major Amy Bambury is a driven athlete who has made outstanding contributions both on and off the field. Named an OUA All-Star two years in a row, Ms. Bambury was awarded the Gary Wolff Leadership Award and a University Athletic Award at last year’s ceremony. This year, she was also named the team’ s MVP and earned an Excalibur Award of Distinction.

Sara Pieper is a dedicated and encouraging athlete. An OUA All-Star, she was Trent University’s selection as the recipient of the OUA Woman of Distinction award in 2005-06. Ms. Pieper is the athletic representative for Champlain College and has sat on the athletic advisory committee for the past two years. She is also a past winner of the University Athletic Award and has been recognized as an Academic All-Canadian. A fourth-year biology student, Ms. Pieper is from Barrie, Ontario.

In presenting the award, Director of Athletics Bill Byrick stated, "Amy, Sarah and Michael have been wonderful role models, through their leadership and willingness to contribute in all aspects of life at Trent. They have been positive influences on many of their fellow students, in both the recreational and competitive programs, as well as within the community. They embody the spirit of this award, and have earned the respect and admiration of students, coaches and staff."

Another prestigious award, the Gary Wolff Leadership Award, was presented to Varsity soccer player Elizabeth Villeneuve. Over her four years at Trent, Ms. Villeneuve has demonstrated leadership, top-quality organizational skills and never-ending team spirit. She is also an active member of the Athletic Advisory Committee and volunteers her time as a Trent athletic representative during University open houses and for the Varsity soccer recruitment days. Previously she earned the Excalibur Award of Distinction and this year she also earned an Academic All-Canadian Award.

The Gary Wolff Leadership Award is presented each year to a student athlete who has demonstrated determination and leadership through balancing sport, community involvement and academic performance. This award was established by the Trent University Alumni Association in June 2002, to commemorate the service of Gary Wolff as Chair of the Board of Governors from 1997 to 2002.

The GrailIn addition, 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:

Leigh Little – Mississauga

Captain of the Trent figure skating club team, Leigh Little is a diverse skater who competes in both free skate and dance pairs.

Britni Lloyd – Whitby

Britni Lloyd has been a member of the women’s volleyball team for the past three years. This past year alone, she led her team in total offence, with 90 kills, 18 serving aces, and an OCAA Eastern Conference leading 32 blocks. She was also named an OUA All-Star and team MVP.

Sarah Whitelaw – Blenheim

A member of the Trent Varsity women’s rugby team for the past four years, Sarah Whitelaw began this season in a new position. As a back, she excelled and was named an OUA All-Star. She also earned the Excalibur Award of Distinction at the awards ceremony.

Michelle Malandrino – Midhurst

Michelle Malandrino has been a member of the Trent women’s Varsity soccer team for the past four years. She has won the soccer team coaches’ award three years in a row, and was also awarded with the Excalibur Award of Distinction at the annual awards ceremony.

Ryan Coghlin – Atwood

Ryan Coghlin has been the co-captain of the Varsity men’ s volleyball team in each of the three years he has played on the team. He has also been named an Academic All-Canadian for the past three years. This year, Mr. Coghlin was named to the OCAA All-Star Team, and was selected as the team MVP for the second time, earning himself an Excalibur Award of Distinction.

Matt Gardner – Whitby

As captain of the Varsity men’s soccer team, Matt Gardner was named the team MVP in 2005-2006. He was selected to the OUA first team All-Star this past season, and made the final cut for the professional major league soccer team, the Toronto FC.

Tom Fee – Ottawa

Tom Fee has been a competing member of the Varsity fencing team for the past four years. This season, Mr. Fee was selected as an OUA All-Star and was recognized as an Academic All-Canadian for his strength in the classroom. He was also awarded an Excalibur Award of Extinction for his contributions to the sport of fencing.

Mark Basterfield – Peterborough

A member of the Trent Varsity rowing team for the past three years, Mark Basterfield won Rowing Canada’s Claude Sanders Award in 2005-2006. The award is presented for distinguished and exemplary voluntary services in the sport of rowing. This year, Mr. Basterfield’s dedication to training resulted in a National University Rowing Gold Medal in the men’s heavy pairs.

Brent Holmes – Peterborough

Brent Holmes has been a competitive member of the Trent Varsity rowing team for three years. For the past two years, he has been the president of the Trent University Rowing Club. Last year he earned the Michael Cullen Award for team leadership and this year, and his dedication to training resulted in a National University Rowing Gold Medal in the men’s heavy pairs. Currently, Mr. Holmes is in British Columbia training with the Canadian National Rowing team.

Cory Leblanc – Brampton

This season Cory Leblanc captured the OCAA Volleyball blocking title, leading all players with 36 blocks. He also represented Trent at the OCAA All-Star game and helped his team to a 8-5 record and a trip to the play-offs. Mr. Leblanc has been an Academic All-Canadian for the past three years and at the awards he was presented with the Excalibur Award of Distinction.

Matthew White – Windsor

Matthew White has been a competitive member of the Varsity swim team for three years. This season, with his hard work and perseverance, he achieved a personal best and set a new Trent short course record in the 200 metre backstroke. He also qualified for the Senior Provincial and Eastern Canadian Championships. Mr. White has twice been honoured as an Academic All-Canadian, has twice been a Trent Athlete of the Week and is a former Gary Wolff Leadership Cup winner. At the awards ceremony, he was also presented with the Sophie Kingdon Swimming Award for outstanding contribution and dedication to Trent swimming.

The following varsity athletes were honoured for outstanding commitment and dedication to their respective sports:

Cross Country Running

Jutta Merilainen Batawa
Jason Yorke Peterborough


Julia Weagle Ottawa
Jonathan Cassidy Brampton


Stephan Donald Kingston
Alison Pechlof Etobicoke

Nordic Skiing

Liam Walke Ottawa


Brent Holmes (Rob De Jong Award) Peterborough
Chrisitan Tuters (Michael Cullen Award) Port Hope

Women’s 8 (Rob Marland Award)

Georgia Robinson Peterborough
Helen Davis-Herdman Toronto
Erica Spekkens Guelph
Jess Zintel Kitchener
Joanna Kipp Ottawa
Ashley Holmes Peterborough
Marie Laforme Hamilton
Jenn Tutors Port Hope
Lisa Kates. Peterborough

Women’s Rugby

Laura Storey-Fleming Douro
Julie Brown Peterborough

Men’s Rugby

Thomas Gibson Vancouver
Michael Moores Mississauga
Andrew Gibson Peterborough

Women’s Soccer

Tara Madigan Deep River
Michelle Malandrino Midhurst

Men’s Soccer

Jamie Muckle Kanata
Andrew Knapp Courtice


Matt White (Sophie Kingdon Award) Windsor
Elysse Francey Newcastle
Scott Farrow Mississauga

Women’s Volleyball

Britni Lloyd Whitby
Melissa Easton Peterborough

Men’s Volleyball

Ryan Coghlin Atwood
Ian Rettie Newmarket