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Trent University Honours Top Athletes at Annual Awards Ceremony


Thursday, March 23, 2006 Peterborough

Elspeth ArkellFourth-year Trent University student Elspeth Arkell earned distinctive honours at Trent's annual Athletic Awards Ceremony, held at the PSB Wilson Athletic Complex on March 22.

In addition to her award for the top female participant in intramural programs for Lady Eaton College and the Excalibur Award of Distinction, Miss Arkell was the sole winner of the Arthur Cup, the University's most prestigious award for graduates who have demonstrated outstanding contribution, sportsmanship, participation, and leadership in the athletic programs.

Elspeth Arkell, who hails from New Hamburg, will graduate this spring with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and will be finishing her studies this fall as part of the Queen's-Trent Concurrent Education Program. She has been a member of the varsity women's soccer team during her four years at the University, and was recognized for her positive influence both on and off of the soccer field. She is a past winner of the University Athletic Award, was named an Academic-All-Canadian, and this past November, was selected as Trent's OUA Woman of Distinction.

In presenting the award, Director of Athletics Bill Byrick highlighted Arkell's contribution to her sport and to the Athletics program at Trent. "Elspeth has been a wonderful role model and positive influence on many of her fellow students, in both the recreational and competitive programs. She embodies the spirit of this award, and she has earned the respect and admiration of many student athletes," said Byrick.

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:

Amy Bambury - Kitchener
As a member of the women's rugby team, Amy is a tremendous force and an inspirational leader on the field. Last season Amy received the Gary Wolff Leadership Award, and was named a Trent University Athlete of the Week in September.

Josh Connor - Whitby
Josh has been a member of the Trent rugby team for five years, has served as team captain for two years, and has twice been named an OUA All-Star. Josh is also a former national team member.

Stephan Donald - Peterborough
As a member of the Trent fencing team, Stephan earned a second place finish in the men's epee event at the OUA East Sectional Fencing Championships. He has demonstrated leadership and organization to the fencing team through his work behind the scenes and at competitions.

John Epping - Peterborough
John has been instrumental in the development of the Trent curling program. Last season, John led the Excalibur to a fourth place finish at the OUA Curling Championships. He has also represented Ontario at numerous National Championships.

Thomas Gibson - Vancouver
Tom has been a member of the Trent rugby team for four years. Tom served as captain this past season and has twice been named to the OUA All-Star team.

Lisa Lahey - Pickering
As one of the top players on the women's soccer team for the past four years, Lisa has been a leader both on and off the field. As a former two-year team captain, Lisa has demonstrated leadership and sportsmanship and earned the respect of her fellow players and coaches alike.

Nora Livingstone - Hamilton
Nora is a fourth year member of the Trent fencing team, and an active member of the University athletic community. This season as captain, Nora helped the women's foil epee team to a fourth place finish at the OUA Fencing Championships.

Laura Lynch - Mallorytown
Laura is a member of the volleyball team and has twice been named to the OCAA All-Star team. This past season, Laura won the OCAA East Division regional scoring championship as she compiled 3.82 points per game.

Laura McAlpine - Kingston
During her four years at the University, Laura has been heavily involved with the women's rugby team as President for two consecutive years. She is a past recipient of the Women's Rugby Club Legacy Award for her dedication to the team on and off of the field.

Michael Moores - Mississauga
Currently in his third year on the men's rugby team, Mike was named to the OUA All-Star team in 2005. Mike continues to be a role model for new rugby players at Trent, most recently as the current President of the men's club.

Rebecca Rodin - Peterborough
As captain of the women's volleyball team, Becki has been named to OCAA All-Star teams for two consecutive years, as well as being named a CCAA All-Canadian this year. Becki has been named the MVP at both the 2005 and the 2006 OCAA All-Star game.

Tamar Walsh - Coldwater
In 2006, Tamar earned a silver medal in the women's foil at the OUA Fencing Championships. Tamar also led Trent to a bronze medal in the women's foil team competition. In 2005, Tamar won the gold medal in the women's foil at the OUA East Sectional Fencing Championships.

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

Cross Country Running Jutta Merilainen Batawa
  Zekarias Hebtemichael Peterborough
Curling Ashley Wall Arnprior
  Chandler Eves Bradford
Fencing Tamar Walsh Coldwater
Figure Skating Amy Scott Napanee
Nordic Skiing Rachel Herron Tara
Rowing Brent Holmes Peterborough
  Marie Laforme Hamilton
  Lauren Chewter Hamilton
Women's Rugby Laura Storey-Fleming Douro
  Catherine Bucknam Brampton
Men's Rugby Jeff McDiarmid Oshawa
  Michael Moores Mississauga
Women's Soccer Tara Madigan Deep River
  Leslie Vandergeest Uxbridge
Men's Soccer Matt Gardner Whitby
  Wade Washington Ottawa
Swimming Julia Horel Ottawa
  Laura Martin Kingston
  Anthony Ferri Norval
Women's Volleyball Rebecca Rodin Peterborough
  Laura Lynch Mallorytown
  Britni Lloyd Whitby
Men's Volleyball Paul Scott Whitby
  Stefan Jewitt Ottawa


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For further information, please contact:
Bill Byrick, Director of Athletics, Trent University, (705) 748-1252
Steve Hoggett, Sports Information Coordinator, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 x5150

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