The first winners of new Colin Hood Award
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Jun 19, 2013  |  Vote 0    0

The first winners of new Colin Hood Award

St. Marys Journal Argus

Pat Payton

Sports editor

A new award, the OFSAA Colin Hood Award, was presented for the first time at the 2012-13 DCVI athletic banquet last Wednesday night at the school.

The Colin Hood OFSAA School Sport Award is named after retired OFSAA Executive Director Colin Hood. During his time at OFSAA (1992-2004), Hood set national precedents through his relentless dedication to school sport, developing all-inclusive OFSAA programs, as well as promoting and developing the high school athlete in this province.

The 2012-13 winners at DCVI are student athletes Laura Van De Walle and Dominic Pieroni, and teacher/coach Ian Moore, head of the phys. ed. department. Moore has coached almost every sport at the school.

Criteria for Colin Hood Award

The intent of this award is to recognize those athletes who dedicate their time, in not only the pursuit of athletic and academic success, but in the overall promotion and development of sport in an educational setting. In addition, it raises OFSAA’s visibility in every school in the province by having a presence at their athletic banquet.

The Colin Hood Award will be given out annually to one graduating male, one graduating female and one coach in every school in the province, who have been committed to the success of school athletics at their school and within their association throughout their high school careers.

The student is not necessarily the “all-star athlete,” but the one who never misses a practice and is always working in school, athletics and in the community. The recipient of this award is a role model for other student-athletes through all aspects of their daily life.

The coach recipient is a dedicated role model, coaching multiple sports during their career. Although not always producing championship teams, the coach has instilled in his or her athletes the true essence of school sport.

This coach demonstrates the value of school sport and teaching life-long lessons, both on and off the field of play, that will shape the student-athlete today, tomorrow and forever.

Student criteria

--graduating student.

--above average academic standing.

--participated in a minimum of three different sports and has been an active member on a minimum of six teams throughout their high school career.

--a leader in all aspects of the school setting.

--has a presence in their school and community.

Coach criteria

--is an active teacher-coach at the high school level.

--understands the value of school sport involvement.

--has coached multiple sports.

--has coached a minimum of five years.

--a leader in all aspects of the school setting.

--has a presence in their school and community.

--teacher-coach is eligible to receive this award once.

DCVI banquet notebook:

--To open last Wednesday’s annual athletic banquet, DCVI vice-principal Rob Larsen addressed the audience.

He thanked the DCVI athletes for all their hard work and for getting involved in school sports. And he thanked the parents for “being there” for their children as well as the DCVI coaches for donating their time, energy and expertise.

“Without the coaches, we wouldn’t have the very successful teams that we have here at DCVI,” Larsen said.

--Event organizer Annette Wrigley and her committee were also thanked.

Wrigley, who organizes the banquet each June, noted that 200 out of the 500 students who attend DCVI, are involved in school athletics.

They epitomize DCVI’s motto when it comes to sports: “Small school, big heart,” she said.

--Two Senior students, Rebecca Wilcox and Ryan Shaw, were the night’s two MCs. They introduced all school teams and announced who the MVPs and most sportsmanlike players were on each team.

--Almost certainly the largest DCVI sports team was the track and field squad, consisting of 30 athletes. They combined to win 14 gold medals at Huron-Perth this year.

Runner Natalie Topp was the lone DCVI athlete to advance all the way to OFSAA in Oshawa. She competed in two events.

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