McMaster pays tribute to its top athletes

Cross country and indoor track competitor Victoria Coates and football’s Kyle Quinlan lead this year’s major athletic award winners at McMaster University.

Coates is this year’s winner of the Therese Quigley Award as the Marauders Female Athlete of the Year while Quinlan takes home the Ivor Wynne Award as the Male Athlete of the Year.

Victoria Coates

Victoria Coates

Victoria enjoyed a dominant year on both the grass and track this past season. The fourth-year runner claimed silver at the Ontario University Athletics cross-country championship and a bronze at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport national meet. She transitioned seamlessly to the indoor season, and captured bronze at the 3,000m distance in both the OUA and CIS championship meets.

Her time at the national championships stood not only as a personal best, but as the second-fastest 3,000m run by a McMaster woman.

Kyle Quinlan was named MVP.  (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson, Aerial Promotions)

Kyle Quinlan (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson, Aerial Promotions)

Quinlan spent the 2012 OUA season re-writing the McMaster record book as he led the Marauders to an undefeated league record, and a second consecutive Yates Cup title and Vanier Cup berth. He set an OUA season record with a 69% completion percentage and capped off the regular season by setting a new standard for McMaster’s all-time passing touchdown mark.

Quinlan was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2012 Mitchell Bowl, a first-team CIS All-Canadian, OUA MVP, and recipient of the Hec Crighton trophy as the outstanding collegiate football player in Canada.

The Dr. Ray Johnson Award, presented to the graduating male athlete who exhibits ability, leadership and the spirit of McMaster, goes to football player Chris Pickard.

Pickard has been a starter on the offensive line for the Marauders’ past two historic seasons while pursuing an honours degree in history. He has coordinated the team’s Football FUNdamentals kid’s camp for the past three summers and continues to be an active member of the Mac Athletes Care program.

When he’s not training, playing, or working at the Maroon Shop, he can be seen at the Burridge Gym cheering on McMaster’s basketball and volleyball teams.

Maggie Cogger-Orr

Maggie Cogger-Orr

The Edna Guest Award, given to the graduating female athlete exhibiting ability, leadership and the spirit of McMaster, goes to rugby player Maggie Cogger-Orr.

She was named as an OUA all-star for the third time this past season, despite missing two of her team’s six games while recuperating from knee surgery. A leader on the field, Cogger-Orr played at three drastically different positions throughout this past season.

Off the field, she holds the program together, by assisting with recruiting, organizing training camp, and executing the year-end banquet. She organized the team’s first annual high school clinic last summer and was a founding member of an organization that introduces young girls to rugby.

Danielle Boiago (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson, Aerial Promotions)

Danielle Boiago (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson, Aerial Promotions)

The Marauders Rookies of the Year and recipients of the Mel and Marilyn Hawkrigg Award are Danielle Boiago, women’s basketball, and Dany Demyanenko, men’s volleyball.

A Hamilton native, Boiago, made an impact on Marauder fortunes from the moment she stepped on campus. She averaged 15.3 points per game to rank eighth in the league and her 2.4 steals per game ranked seventh in the OUA.

Her 51 total steals and 39 made three-point shots were the second highest numbers in McMaster history. Boiago was named the OUA West Rookie of the Year, and was selected to the CIS All-Rookie team.

Demyanenko moved right into the middle of the Marauder line-up, and by year-end the Toronto native led the country in kill percentage with 47%. He also demonstrated the ability to be a defensive force as he was one of the leading blockers in the OUA.

Dany Demyanenko

Dany Demyanenko

Selected as the OUA Rookie of the Year, the CIS Rookie of the Year, a CIS second-team All-Canadian, and to the CIS Championships All-Tournament team, Demyanenko was a key contributor as McMaster won the OUA title and advanced to the CIS championship game, the best finish in team history.

Earning the Les Prince Award for outstanding community service is rowing’s Graham McKelvie.

He took on a major leadership role this year as a member of the executive for the McMaster Athletes Care initiative and spent the first term as the Director of the Living Rock Ministries, serving in a liaison role with McMaster Athletics, as well as volunteering his time.

In second term he swapped positions with another member of the executive and became the Director for the Eva Rothwell Resource Centre, while continuing to volunteer with Living Rock. McKelvie’s time commitment saw him spend two to three visits a week, as a volunteer between the two centers, as well as assisting with other M-A-C initiatives.

The Bruce Cochrane Award winner for outstanding dedication and service in a support role is Mark Zimmerman, the student athletic therapist for the women’s basketball team.

In that role he went above and beyond his support role for the Marauders, showing a remarkable work ethic and professional approach to his care and treatment of the athletes.

Zimmerman got involved in the team dynamic by assisting at practice in ways exceeding his therapist duties. His outstanding care and treatment of the team, and his willingness to take on whatever roles or responsibilities that were required was a crucial element in the team’s success.

Receiving the Joyce Wignall Award as the team best displaying community involvement and civic ownership, is the figure skating team.

The McMaster figure skating team has spent the year reaching out in support of various groups both on campus and off. Recognized at the OUA championships with the 2013 Team Spirit Award, the Marauders displayed tremendous dedication to community outreach.

Team members engaged young skaters from the Ancaster skating club to assist with hosting the team’s first ever competition, which was a rousing success. The team also held several community events like “Skate with the Dean” and a “Halloween Fun Skate”, engaging people through the fun of skating.

Very active in the McMaster Athletes Care program, the figure skating team won the varsity clothing drive competition for the second straight year for most clothes donated. The entire team has also participated in the Relay for Life event. In addition to competing, the team has also performed between periods of Hamilton Bulldog and Dundas Real McCoy hockey games.