Holt, Wyman ‘first’ winners of Mac’s female athletes of the year

Hamilton’s Jennifer Holt and Dundas’s Jillian Wyman are the first recipients of the renamed Female Athlete of the Year Award for McMaster University.

Prior to its presentation, McMaster announced that it would be named the Thérèse Quigley Female Athlete of the Year Award. Quigley served McMaster University for 24 years and held the position of Director of Athletics and Recreation for the past 18 years. She assumes the position of Director of Sports and Recreation Services at the University of Western Ontario this summer.

The award was first presented after the 1984-85 season.

Volleyball setter Holt was named a Canadian Interuniversity Sport First Team All-Canadian and McMaster’s first women’s player named to the CIS first team.

Wyman captured the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) gold medal in the 1,000 metres earning OUA First Team All-Star recognition. She also held the distinction of running the fastest time in the CIS this season.

Wyman was also named a CIS Second-Team All-Canadian in cross country.

The winners of the Ivor Wynne Trophy for the Male Athlete of the year are rugby forward Keegan Selby (Lindsay) and wrestler Dusan Milakara (Toronto).

Selby led the Marauders’ rugby team to a fifth championship in seven seasons. He was named the OUA West’s most valuable player this year.

Milakara earned a CIS silver medal in the men’s 72kg weight class and achieved CIS Second Team All-Canadian honours.

The Dr. Edna Guest Award, presented to the female graduating student-athlete who “radiates the spirit of McMaster” was awarded to Burlington’s Nora Griffiths from the McMaster rowing team.

The Dr. Ray Johnson Award, presented to the male graduating student-athlete, went to Simon Binder (Almonte) from the men’s football team and Peter Hrkal (Caledon) from the volleyball team.

The Mel and Marilyn Hawkrigg Outstanding Sportsmanship Award were presented to Alexander “Simba” Sithole (Toronto) of the men’s rugby team and swimmer, Stephanie Sun (Toronto).

The Bruce Cochrane Award for service to a team was presented to Marie-Pier Picard (St. Catharines), the manager and trainer for the wrestling team.

The Les Prince Award for community service (individual) was presented to Cathy Conlin (Ailsa Craig).

The Joyce Wignall Award for community service (team) was presented to the women’s rugby team.

The McMaster Most Valuable player awards were also presented. Recipients were:

Badminton (M), Sen Hoong Phang, Thornhill; (W), Jamie Williams, Mississauga.

Baseball (M), Chris Piccini. Mississauga.

Basketball (M), Mouctar Diaby, Hamilton; (W), Taylor Smith. Hamilton.

Cheerleading, Julia Noble, Ancaster, and Rochelle Brands, Tillsonburg.

Cross Country (M), Laurence Abbott, Sarnia; (W), Jessica Pearo, Richmond Hill.

Fastpitch (W), Cathy Conlin, Ailsa Craig.

Fencing (M), Aleksey Matviyenko, Toronto; (W), Vivian Wang, Toronto.

Field Hockey (W), Sarah Mills, Victoria, B.C., and Jacqueline Evans, Beaumaris.

Figure Skating, Heather Rosdobutro, Whitby.

Football (Offense), Matthew Peressini, Hannon; (Defense), Simon Binder, Almonte.

Golf (M), Michael Britton, Scarborough; Golf (W), Jamie Wilson, Port Colborne.

Gymnastics, Kelly Bashak, Brampton.

Ice Hockey (W), Laura Guiducci, Hamilton, and Kaley Veerman, Charlton.

Lacrosse (M), Tommy Hurley, Aurora; Lacrosse (W), Katie Scott, Whitby.

Rowing (M), Ian Connell, Sault Ste. Marie; (W), Rebecca Gregory, Brampton.

Rugby (M), Keegan Selby, Lindsay, and Kevin Noble, Dundas; (W), Paige Churchill, Brantford.

Soccer (M), Garrett McConville, Ottawa; (W), Amy Holt, Hamilton.

Squash (M), Hassan Muhammad, Toronto, and Ahmed Shohayeb, Hamilton; (W), Kristina Taylor, lle Perot, PQ.

Swimming (M), Cameron Bailey, Hamilton; (W), Sarah Thompson, Toronto.

Synchronized Swimming, Carole McLaren, Peterborough.

Tennis (M), Keenan O’Young, Toronto; (W), Leslie Bordenave, Niagara Falls.

Track and Field (M), Track, Noah Fleming, Dundas; (M), Field, Dan Minnesma, London.

Track and Field (W), Track, Jillian Wyman, Dundas; (W), Field, Victoria Tschirhart, Guelph.

Ultimate Frisbee (M), Arjun Ramanan, Scarborough, and Noor Alolabi, Toronto; (W), Justina Chong, Hong Kong.

Volleyball (M), Nathan Groenveld, Welland; (W), Jennifer Holt, Hamilton.

Waterpolo (M), Graham Park, Waterdown, and Ian Dransutavicius, Dundas; (W), Tahnee Park Waterdown, and Losina Faber, Acton.

Wrestling (M), Dusan Milikara, Toronto; (W), Caitlyn Goodfellow, Barrie.