7:30 p.m., Jan. 8)
with St. Matt connection receive Athlete of the Year honours
By Fred Sherwin
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
Matthew High School hurdler Keira Christie-Galloway and
former St. Matthew student Michael OConnor are this
years OrleansOnline.ca male and female athletes
of the year.
beat out two accomplished athletes in their own right
in speed-skater Ivanie Blondin and curler Rachel Homan
to win this years Female Athlete of the Year award.
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
former Garneau high school student ended the season by
clinching her first World Cup title in the mass start.
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.
a disappointing bronze medal performance at last years
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.
leaves this years 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.
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.
total, she won five gold and one silver medal in three
meets, while establishing four new records.
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,
her efforts, Keira Christie-Galloway is the 2015 Female
Athlete of the Year.
Orléans Bengal Michael OConnor
led the UBC Thunderbirds to the 2015 Vanier
Cup championship. Photo supplied
Male of Athelete of the Year is none other than Michael
OConnor. The former Orleans Bengal led the University
of British Columbia Thunderbirds to the 2015 CIS National
Championship in football,
doing so, the 19-year-old became only the second freshman
to win the Vanier Cup in its 49 year history and the first
transferred to UBC from Penn State, turning away overtures
from a number of Division I schools who wanted to procure
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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