Ryan Talsma of Redeemer University College in Ancaster and Renee Yip of Humber College are this year’s Ontario Colleges Athletic Association/Volley Sport Plus Male and Female Athletes of the Year.
Talsma, a fourth-year volleyball player for the Redeemer Royals, saved his best season for last. Standing at 6’6, the Right Side hitter from the volleyball hotbed of Orono was the men’s OCAA Player of the Year for the first time in his collegiate career and was also honoured for the third time as a Canadian College Athletic Association All-Canadian.
A consistent player, Ryan led his team to an OCAA bronze medal on his home court and finished his career at Redeemer as the OCAA’s career leader in Kills with 719 and total points with 967. He also represented the Royals at the OCAA All-star game this season in North Bay.
“Ryan Talsma is a humble leader who never gets bigger than the game,” states head coach Wayne Harris. “His leadership, natural gifts and his work ethic have made him one of the most feared players in the OCAA and across the country. Ryan’s threat as a big hitter is what makes him such a powerful player, but his defense developed throughout the year into something special.
“He finished eighth in the West (division) in digs and brought his game to a new level, challenging for every single ball on every single play. Ryan’s dedication to the team and to the men’s volleyball program has taken Royals Volleyball to new heights and established a brand that Redeemer is very proud of.”
Yip, a first-year badminton player from Markham had a season that was unparalleled. Yip took the province and the nation by storm, winning both the Ontario colleges championship for mixed doubles and parlaying that success into national championship gold. She was also instrumental in leading the Humber Hawks team to numerous team championships.
She partnered up with the 2008 OCAA Male Player of the Year, Raymond Wong, to win Ontario’s first CCAA National Championship since 2004. Her exploits went beyond the realm of mixed doubles competition as she also went undefeated in women’s singles play throughout the province in tournament play.
“We are so very proud of her,” noted Humber Head Coach Lam Trinh. “It is awesome that she has accomplished so much, so early in her badminton career at Humber.”
Renee was also honoured as an Academic All-Canadian and is currently completing her first year of study in the Fitness and Health Promotion Program.
Renee Yip 2009-10 Athletic Bio
OCAA Female Athlete of the Year
Humber Freshman Female Athlete of the Year
OCAA Player of the Year
CCAA National Academic All-Canadian
CCAA Mixed Doubles Gold Medalist
OCAA Mixed Doubles Gold Medalist
OCAA Overall Team Champions
CCAA Team Bronze Medalists – Team Ontario
OCAA West Division Overall Team Champions
OCAA West Region Mixed Doubles Gold Medalist
CCAA Ontario Badminton Player of the Month
Humber Invitational: Women’s Singles: Gold, Mixed Doubles: Gold, Women’s Doubles: Silver
Fanshawe Invitational: Women’s Singles: Gold, Mixed Doubles: Gold, Women’s Doubles: Silver
George Brown Invitational: Women’s Singles: Gold, Mixed Doubles: Gold, Women’s Doubles: Silver
Cambrian Open: Mixed Doubles: Silver
Ryan Talsma 2009-10 Athletic Bio
OCAA Male Athlete of the Year
Redeemer University College Male Athlete of the Year
OCAA Player of the Year
CCAA Academic All-Canadian
OCAA Team Bronze Medalist
OCAA Championship Tournament All-star
OCAA West Region League 1st Team All-star
OCAA Career leader with 719 kills
OCAA Career leader with 967 total points
OCAA All-Star Game Representative
Talsma will formally be presented his Athlete of the Year award Thursday (April 15) at Redeemer. Renee Yip will receive her award on Tuesday (April 20) at Humber College..