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Trent University Honours Top Athletes at Annual Awards Ceremony


Prestigious Arthur Cup Presented to Student Athletes Matt Gardner and Britni Lloyd

Thursday, March 27, 2008, Peterborough

Trent University’s Department of Athletics and Recreation celebrated student athletic achievement at an Athletic Awards Ceremony, held in the Great Hall at Champlain College last night.

Student athletes Matt Gardner and Britni Lloyd 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.

Matt Gardner, who will graduate this June with a joint degree in Business Administration and History, has been a member and leader on the varsity men’s soccer team for five years, serving the last four as the team captain. He has been honoured twice as the team MVP, and also named an All-Star by Ontario University Athletics (OUA). He has been called “a true leader in all senses of the word” by his peers because he provides tremendous support to his team, even in the most disappointing of moments. Mr. Gardner, who hails from Whitby, has also been an active participant, referee and convenor with the University’s campus recreation programs. Last year, he was awarded a University Athletic Award at the annual awards ceremony.

Britni Lloyd has been a member of the varsity women’s volleyball team during her four years at the University, and has served as co-captain for the past three years. She has been a previous recipient of both the MVP and Coaches’ award for volleyball, and twice named an All-Star with the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA). Ms. Lloyd is a leading scorer in the OCAA east division, and is highly respected by fellow players for her infectious and positive attitude, and her genuine love for the game. She was honoured with a University Athletic Award at last year’s ceremony, and was named the team MVP again this year. Also from Whitby, she will graduate this June with an honours degree in history and will continue at Queen’s University in September in the Faculty of Education.

In presenting the award, Athletic Director Bill Byrick stated, “Both Matt and Britni have become synonymous with the athletic programs at Trent. They are highly skilled, motivated, and are wonderful role models for their peers because of their ability to balance a demanding practice schedule with academic responsibilities and part-time employment. 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 Erika Range of Wiarton, in recognition of her leadership with the women’s rugby team, and her commitment to the athletic programs and facilities at Trent. The 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, chair of the Board of Governors from 1997 to 2002.

In 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:

Sarah Asbreuk – Kemptville
A dedicated member of the varsity women’s soccer team, Sarah Asbreuk returned to Trent this past year to complete a second degree and continue playing the sport she loves.

Brian Burns – Embrun
A junior varsity rower for four years, Brian Burns has served on the executive of the Trent Rowing Club and an active participant and leader in the campus recreation programs.

Melissa Easton – Peterborough
A highly-decorated volleyball player, Melissa Easton continued to play and coach this year despite the rigorous demands of her teacher education studies.

Evan Fleming – Stirling
Evan Fleming competed for both the varsity rowing team and the men’s lacrosse team, in addition to a leadership role with the Rowing Club executive and the campus recreation programs.

Stefan Jewitt – Ottawa
As captain and highly-decorated member of the varsity men’s volleyball team, Stefan Jewitt is recognized as an exceptional leader on and off the court by his fellow volleyball players.

Virginia Portmann – Gwynne, Alberta
Recognized as one of the best fencers in the province, Virginia Portmann’s skill and dedication brought credit and distinction to the women’s fencing team.

Erika Range – Wiarton
An active leader in the varsity women’s rugby team, Erika Range has also devoted countless hours to the athletic advisory committee and the campus recreation programs.

Paul Scott - Whitby
As a leading scorer in the OCAA east division for volleyball, Paul Scott has earned the respect of his peers for his dedication and leadership of new volleyball players and other athletes.

Christina Skrypka - Hamilton
As co-captain and dedicated leader of the varsity women’s volleyball program, Christina Skrypka has earned the respect and admiration of volleyball players for her love of the game and for her involvement in campus recreation programs.

Julie Tyne - Peterborough
A two-time OUA All-Star and bronze medalist, Julie Tyne inspires other fencers to improve their skills and strive for excellence.

Wade Washington - Ottawa
Described as one of the best midfielders in the province, Wade Washington is recognized for his skill, dedication, and for the motivation he provides to his fellow players.

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

Cross Country Running
Chantal Gagne Iroquois Falls
Michael Minor Thunder Bay

Jenna Bonner Cavan
Matthew Bremner Whitby

Meghan Murrant Orillia
Aaron Caudle Peterborough
Tom Fee Peterborough

Jennifer Tuters Port Hope
Edward Rushton Peterborough

Rob Marland Award:
Rebecca Dunbar Renfrew
Ashley Holmes Heron Peterborough
Jessica Zintel Kitchener
Erin Monette Ottawa
Joanna Kipp Ottawa

Women’s Rugby
Ashley Burton Peterborough
Kristine Boyles Peterborough

Men’s Rugby
Jason Trinier Timmons
Michael Moores Mississauga

Women’s Soccer
Kali Fitzsimmons Peterborough
Natalie Buckham Cavan

Men’s Soccer
Declan Edwards Kingston
Andrew Knapp Peterborough

Elyse Francey Newcastle
Kara McFall Trenton
James Jennings Courtice

Women’s Volleyball
Britni Lloyd Whitby
Melissa Easton Peterborough

Men’s Volleyball
Ian Rettie Newmarket
Paul Scott Whitby

Nordic Skiing
Dan Fahrun Owen Sound

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For further information, please contact:
Bill Byrick, Director of Athletics, Trent University, (705) 748-1252