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Pfleiderer & Liem named Acadia Athletes of the Year

Pfleiderer & Liem named Acadia Athletes of the Year

WOLFVILLE, N.S. – Acadia University's Department of Athletics announced this evening the 2018-19 Major Award winners and team award winners at the annual Fred G. Kelly Awards Night.

Third year swimmer Brett Liem (Bedford, N.S) and second year rugby player Laura Pfleiderer (Williams Lake, B.C.) concluded the evening as the Athenaeum Male Athlete of the Year and the Jean Marsh Female Athlete of the Year respectively.

This marks the second consecutive year Brett has earned top conference honours as the AUS male swimmer of the year. He was named swimmer of the meet at last year's AUS championship. Liem was also named AUS rookie of the year in his inaugural season of 2016-17.

This season, Liem earned 10 first-place individual finishes in four invitational meets—three in the 50m butterfly event, two in the 50m freestyle, two in the 100m freestyle, two in the 50 breaststroke and one in the 100m breaststroke event. At the AUS championship, Brett captured Gold in the 50m freestyle and butterfly and silver in the 50m breaststroke and 100m freestyle.

In five games played this regular season, Laura Pfleiderer scored four tries and added a conversion for 22 points on the season and was named the AUS Most Valuable Player and honoured as a first team U SPORTS All-Canadian this past season.

Pfleiderer has been an impact player since her freshwomen season with the Axewomen in 2016 and in 2017 she was Acadia's scoring leader with 56 points coming from six tries and 13 conversions.

In three seasons with Acadia, Pfleiderer is already 22nd in AUS career all-time scoring, and fourth in Acadia school history with 107 points scored.

Hockey's Garrett McFadden (Kincardine, ON) was named this year's Outstanding First Year Male Athlete of the Year.

McFadden led all rookies on the Axemen with 21 points that included four goals and 14 assists. McFadden was named to the AUS All-Rookie team and was also selected to the U SPORTS Team Canada squad that participated in the 2019 Universiade Games in Russia this past March.

Basketball Axewoman Jayda Veinot (Port Williams, N.S.) was honoured as the Outstanding First Year Female Athlete of the Year.

Veinot had an outstanding rookie season. Named the AUS Women's Basketball Rookie of the Year, Jayda tied Acadia's record for the most points in a single game of 41 points. At the AUS championship, Veinot was named as a tournament All-Star and was named the U SPORTS Player of the Game twice at the National Championship hosted by Ryerson.

The Roger Prentice Award recognize the contribution of Acadia University student athletes who exemplify to the highest degree those attributes that we value and encourage in all of Acadia's student athletes. It is presented annually to a male and a female student athlete in their third year or beyond who best combine athletic excellence, a strong work ethic and leadership.

In addition, the winners must have demonstrated conscientious progress towards their degree while contributing to the positive image and profile of Acadia University through community involvement. Winners are presented with a gift which has been graciously donated by former University Chaplain, Roger Prentice.

This year's Roger Prentice Female Citizen Award winner is Soccer's Sarah Charnock (Newmarket, Ont.).

Sarah was the AUS women's soccer Community Award winner for her effort in representing Acadia and her team beyond the soccer pitch and in the community.

The Roger Prentice Male Citizen Award was awarded to two male athletes. Co-Winners are Football's Cameron Davidson (Kentville, N.S.) and Swimming's Guy Harrison-Murray (Perth, Australia). Both gentlemen won their respective sport's AUS Community Service Award for their effort in the community and on their team.

The President's Award was established in recognition of Acadia's 175th Anniversary. Individuals chosen for this award have displayed the highest standard of leadership and will be known as builders because of the impact they have had on their teams.

This year's Female President's Award co-winners are basketball's Ellen Hatt (Fall River, N.S.) and Haley McDonald (Port Williams, N.S.).

Ellen, in her senior year and Haley in her junior year, led the Axewomen on the court to a second consecutive AUS Championship despite the odds of doing so as the third seeded team at the AUS championship tournament. Both individuals led the Axewomen off the court in the classroom and community.

Soccer's Zach Visser (Winsloe, P.E.I.), this year's Male President's Award winner, was a team captain for the last two seasons for the Axemen soccer team. This past year Zach was Acadia's nominee for the U SPORTS Top 8 Academic All-Canadian Award and this year's AUS James Bayer Award nominee.

This year's Acadia Student Union Jimmy Atomate Award winner is Rugby's Tomi McCarthy (Barrington, N.S.).

In 2006, a tragic event occurred in the Athletics complex when international student Jimmy Atomate died of a sudden heart attack while participating in an Intramural Basketball game. Moved by this tragedy, Erin Benner, then ASU Vice President of Student Affairs, created the Acadia Students Union Leadership Award named after Jimmy Atomate.

The award is dedicated in the memory of Jimmy Atomate who died at the young age of 18 and who was an active participant in Intramural Sport. The Award is given annually to a Varsity Athlete who made an exceptional effort to connect with students and fans.

Tomi is heavily involved in the student community, volunteering her time with several causes. She is the coordinator for the youth outreach program Rec Buddies and also leads the Acadia Women's Centre.

The Women's Centre brings together women, men, trans and intersex people of both the Acadia and Wolfville communities to support students and give them a safe and inclusive space to talk about issues within Acadia's community.

Tomi is a leader and program organizer for Acadia's S.M.I.L.E. program and she helps organize and run the Girls Night Out program within the Wolfville community where young girls are paired with female student-athletes from Acadia who serve as role models.

 

Team Awards:

Sport

Award Name

Recipients Name

Hometown

Men's Soccer

Rookie of the Year

Ali Jabara

Ottawa, Ont.

Men's Soccer

Most Improved Player

Gordon McLaughlin

Peterborough, Ont.

Men's Soccer

Coach's Award

Zachary Visser

Winsloe, P.E.I.

Men's Soccer

Most Valuable Player

Ryan Parris

Pembroke, Bermuda

 

 

 

 

Women's Cross Country

Rookie of the Year

Nicole Skinner

LaHave, N.S.

Women's Cross Country

Most Improved Player

Sarah Lavallée

West Vancouver, B.C.

Women's Cross Country

Coach's Award

Madalyn Higgins

Halifax, N.S.

Women's Cross Country

Most Valuable Player

Katie Robinson

Saint John, N.B.

 

 

 

 

Women's Swimming

Rookie of the Year

Cali Bruce

Halifax, N.S.

Women's Swimming

Most Improved Swimmer

Mary Beth Brown

Yarmouth, N.S.

Women's Swimming

Most Valuable Swimmer

Kelsea Vessey

Orleans, Ont.

 

 

 

 

Men's Swimming

Rookie of the Year

Elyott Chang

Calgary, Alta.

Men's Swimming

Most Improved Swimmer

Aubrey Landry

Lawrencetown, N.S.

Men's Swimming

Coach's Award

Guy Harrison-Murray

Perth, Australia

Men's Swimming

Most Valuable Swimmer

Brett Liem

Bedford, N.S.

 

 

 

 

Women's Rugby

Rookie of the Year-Forwards

Valerie Wideski

Richmond, B.C.

Women's Rugby

Rookie of the Year-Backs

Tori Hogan

Tignish, P.E.I.

Women's Rugby

Most Improved Player

Sarah Boudreau

Middle Sackville, N.S.

Women's Rugby

Coach's Award

Monique Coffey

Dauphin, Man.

Women's Rugby

Most Valuable Player

Laura Pfleiderer

Williams Lake, B.C.

 

 

 

 

Women's Soccer

Rookie of the Year

Lauren Jodrey

Bedford, N.S.

Women's Soccer

Most Improved Player

Julea Walsh

Hammonds Plains, N.S.

Women's Soccer

Coach's Award

Nicole McInnis

Hazelbrook, P.E.I.

Women's Soccer

Coach's Award

Sarah Charnock

Newmarket, Ont.

Women's Soccer

Most Valuable Player

Jenna Boudreau

Halifax, N.S.

 

 

 

 

Men's Basketball

Rookie of the Year

Marcus Upshaw

Burlington, Ont.

Men's Basketball

Most Improved Player

Rowan Power

Dartmouth, N.S.

Men's Basketball

Leading Rebounder

Junior Moaku-Matia

Hamilton, Ont.

Men's Basketball

Defensive Player

Trevon Grant

Nassau, Bahamas

Men's Basketball

Gib Chapman Award

Forest Mahoney

Beachburg, Ont.

Men's Basketball

Most Valuable Player

Ben Miller

Winnipeg, Man.

 

 

 

 

Women's Basketball

Rookie of the Year

Jayda Veinot

Port Williams, N.S.

Women's Basketball

Most Improved Player

Sarsha Cadle

Sydney, Australia

Women's Basketball

Leading Rebounder

Sarsha Cadle

Sydney, Australia

Women's Basketball

Defensive Player

Lanae Adams

Lawrenceville, GA

Women's Basketball

Ellen Hatt Coach's Award

Ellen Hatt

Fall River, N.S.

Women's Basketball

Most Valuable Player

Haley McDonald

Port Williams, N.S.

 

 

 

 

Football

Rookie of the Year

Riley Gabriel

North River, N.S.

Football

Most Improved Player

Lian Young

Halifax, N.S.

Football

Best Lineman

Tommy Grant

Halifax, N.S.

Football

Best Defensive Player

Bailey Feltmate

Moncton, N.B.

Football

Kristin Pipe Coach's Award

Dale Wright

Markham, Ont.

Football

Most Valuable Player

Hunter Guenard

Calgary, Alta.

 

 

 

 

Volleyball

Most Improved Player

Peyton DeWolfe

Bridgewater, N.S.

Volleyball

Teammate Award

Willow Gedlaman

Calgary, Alta.

Volleyball

Most Valuable Player

Lucy Glen-Carter

Toronto, Ont.

 

 

 

 

Hockey

Rookie of the Year

Garrett McFadden

Kincardine, Ont.

Hockey

Most Improved Player

Johnny Corneil

Lindsay, Ont.

Hockey

Defensive Player

Liam Maaskant

Clinton, Ont.

Hockey

Most Valuable Player-Playoffs

Cristiano Digiacinto

Hamilton, Ont.

Hockey

Top Scorer

Stephen Harper

Burlington, Ont.

Hockey

Most Valuable Player

Stephen Harper

Burlington, Ont.