He accepted the award, but insisted it was not his alone.
“As people were congratulating me, I was thinking that it speaks to my teammates as much as it speaks to me,” Ian Mahood said Wednesday, after being honoured as the Lindsay Thurber senior male athlete of the year at the conclusion of the school’s 2009 athletic awards dinner at the Westerner Harvest Centre.
Mahood excelled as a Raiders running back — earning Central Alberta High School Football League MVP runner-up honours last season — and also made his mark in wrestling, track and field and rugby, but football was his true passion at Lindsay Thurber.
And although he’s graduating from high school — with a 90 per cent average — he could potentially continue his football career at the university level.
“I’ve applied to the University of Alberta but I’m also being recruited for football by the University of Toronto,” said the prospective engineering student who eventually plans to study law.
“I’ll most likely switch to receiver or defensive back if I go to the U of T.
“Football, with all of the camaraderie, is the sport I’ll remember most from my time at Lindsay Thurber. I’ll have a lot of memories.”
Thurber senior female athlete of the year recipient Megan Brouwer, another multi-sport competitor, thanked her teammates, coaches and “all of my teachers for putting up with me.”
Brouwer participated in several sports in her Grade 12 year — highlighting volleyball and rugby as her favourites — and also served as the manager of the senior girls’ basketball team.
“I was taking stats, filling water bottles and offering moral support,” she said of her duties with the basketball squad.
Brouwer has no immediate plans regarding her education and future athletic endeavours.
“I’m going to take a year off and possibly go to Red Deer College the following year,” she said, adding that she’ll likely try out for the Queens volleyball team.
The Lindsay Thurber Grade 9 female and male athlete of the year awards were presented to Kelsey Thompson and Ben McLavish.
Dallas Snider received the prestigious Curtis McKee Memorial Award.
l The 2009 Lindsay Thurber athletics awards recipients:
Legend: Most improved player (MIP); Most valuable player (MVP); Raider award (RA)
Golf — MIP: Cam Krecji; MVP: Scott Armstrong: RA: Tanner Thompson.
Cross-country running — MVP female: Christie Hackenbrook; MVP male: Kalem Hamilton; MIP: Melanie Ang, Keith Hamilton; RA: Sarah Lamb, Jayden Wiebe.
Grade 9 cross-country — MVP female: Cassidy LeMasurier; MVP male: Eli Falls; RA: Ben McLavish.
Football, varsity — Most valuable receiver: Kyle Pickett; Offensive lineman: Skylar Wilson; Defensive lineman: Taze Steeves; Linebacker: Steven Holmes; Defensive back: Mark Fay; Coaches award: Kyle Doerksen; RA: Skylar Wilson, Kyle O’Meara; Head hunter: Steven Holmes; Rookie of year: Taylor Doerksen; MIP: Karlene Omoth; Olstad Award of Excellence: Ian Mahood.
Football, junior — MVP: Greg Fowler; MIP: Justice Long; Defensive player of year: Ryan Fowler, Jayden Taylor; Offensive player of year: Greg Fowler; Defensive lineman: Brody Slagman; Offensive lineman: Cody Ross; Head hunter: Ryan Fowler; Try hard: Todd Tullman, Colby Spearing; Invisible man: Wilson Lougheed; Special teams: Brody Slagman; RA: Ryan Fowler; CA: Ian Mahood.
Grade 9 Red girls’ — MIP: Jade Petrie; MVP: Teri Cheney; RA: Ashley Maze.
Grade 9 Red boys’ — MIP: Eric Steenwyk; MVP: Jeremy Danderfer; RA: Ben McLavish.
Junior girls’ — MIP: Kayla Anderson; MVP: Telania Snider; RA: Courtney Mielnichuk.
Junior boys’ — MIP: Haydn McLean; MVP: Nathan Zilinski; RA: Daniel Grenier.
Senior girls’ — MIP: Allyson Saunders; MVP: Danielle Newton; RA: Jill Thomas.
Senior boys’ — MIP: Matthew Zilinski; MVP: Sean Tuff; RA: Dallas Snider, Remar Villanueva.
Grade 9 White girls’ — MIP: Amelia Roth; MVP: Sarah Pfeiffer; RA: Miranda Smith.
Grade 9 White boys’ — MIP: Keegan Patterson; MVP: Jonah Penner; RA: Elliot Mahood.
Junior girls’ —MIP: Kayla Anderson; MVP: Sierra Bonham; RA: Telaina Snider, Altrica Peter.
Junior boys’ — MIP: Houston Flaman; MVP: Ryan Parcels; RA: Brady Porter.
Senior girls’ — MIP: Christie Hackenbrook; MVP: Carlee Harrison; RA: Jackie Chapman.
Senior boys’ — MIP: Gradyn Bowd; MVP: Ryan Clark; RA: Karl Hoehne.
Wrestling — MVP: Ian Mahood; RA: Mike Soley.
Curling — MIP: Jiliane Golczyk; MVP: Matthew Zilinski; RA: Cam Krecji.
Badminton, senior — MVP: Cam Krecji; RA: Matthew Zilinski; Sportsmanlike: Jill Thomas.
Badminton, Grade 9 — MIP: Collin Graham; MVP: Kahn Daviduck; RA: Ben McLavish.
Soccer, girls’ — MIP: Katie Knopp; MVP: Kristi Lem; RA: Melissa McLellan.
Soccer, boys’ — MIP: Bruno Lopes; MVP: Nathan Brouwer; RA: Lucas Naufel.
Rugby, senior girls’ — MIP: Emma Goertzen; MVP: Breanna Beck; RA: Jen Peturson.
Rugby, senior boys’ — MIP: Luke Madill, Derek Lockhart; MVP: Gradyn Bowd; RA: Lacob Lougheed.
Rugby, Grade 9 girls’ — MIP: Devan Mercereau; MVP: Kayla Thompson; RA: Nicole McIntyre.
Rugby, Grade 9 boys’ — MVP: Greg Fowler; RA: Elliot Mahood.
Tennis — MIP: Danielle Newton; MVP: Matthew Zilinski, Cam Krecji; RA: Gradyn Bowd.
Track and field, Grade 9 — MVP female: Teri Cheney; MVP male: Greg Fowler; Dedication: Cassidy LeMasurier; RA: Ben Parker.
Track and field, varsity — MIP female: Telaina Snider; MVP female: Royale Richardson, Christie Hackenbrook; Female RA: Jill Thomas; MIP male: Daniel Grenier; MVP male: Jayden Wieber; Male RA: Sean Tuff, Matthew Zilinski.