Volume 12 Week 5

Sunday, Jan. 20


Greco Team of the Month

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Tim Tierney


(Posted 7:30 p.m., Jan. 8)
Pair with St. Matt connection receive Athlete of the Year honours
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

St. Matthew High School hurdler Keira Christie-Galloway set five meet records in 2015, including a new provincial high school standard in the junior girls 80-metre hurdles. File photo

St. Matthew High School hurdler Keira Christie-Galloway and former St. Matthew student Michael O’Connor are this year’s OrleansOnline.ca male and female athletes of the year.

Christie-Galloway beat out two accomplished athletes in their own right in speed-skater Ivanie Blondin and curler Rachel Homan to win this year’s Female Athlete of the Year award.

Blondin started the year by winning the mass start and 5,000 metre events at the Canadian Single Distance Championships in Calgary. She would go to win a silver medal in the mass start at the World Single Distance Championships in February and she placed sixth in the World All-Round Championships in March.

The former Garneau high school student ended the season by clinching her first World Cup title in the mass start.

In October, Blondin picked up right where she left off, winning two silver and three bronze medals in the first four World Cup events of the season and is in great position to defend her World Cup title.

After a disappointing bronze medal performance at last year’s Scotties Tournament of Heart, Rachel Homan and her rink of Emma Miskew, Joanne Courtney and Lisa Weagle started the 20015-2016 curling season with a vengeance, winning seven of the eight tournaments they entered, including three of four Grand Prix events.

That leaves this year’s recipient, Keira Christie-Galloway. The Grade 11 student started the high school track and field season by breaking a 43-year-old record in the junior girls 80-metre hurdles at the National Capital championships.

A week later she broke the OFSAA East Regional records in the junior girls 80-metre hurdles and the long jump. All of which set her up for the OFSAA provincial championships in Toronto were she set a new provincial high school record in the hurdles and placed second in the high jump.

In total, she won five gold and one silver medal in three meets, while establishing four new records.

Proving that her high school success was no fluke, she went on to win a gold medal in the U18 100-metre hurdles at the National Youth Championships in Ste-Thérèse, Quebec in July,

For her efforts, Keira Christie-Galloway is the 2015 Female Athlete of the Year.

Former Orléans Bengal Michael O’Connor led the UBC Thunderbirds to the 2015 Vanier Cup championship. Photo supplied

The Male of Athelete of the Year is none other than Michael O’Connor. The former Orleans Bengal led the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds to the 2015 CIS National Championship in football,

In doing so, the 19-year-old became only the second freshman to win the Vanier Cup in its 49 year history and the first since 1966,

O’Connor transferred to UBC from Penn State, turning away overtures from a number of Division I schools who wanted to procure his services.

The runner-up for Male Athlete of the Year is 16-year-old Orléans swimmer, Alexandre Perrault, who won three gold medals at the Canadian Age Group Champ-ionships in Quebec City in August.

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