Soccer stars ruled the day as the Olds College Broncos released their full list of athletic award winners Tuesday after announcing most of the awards on social media throughout April.
On the pitch, fifth-year Fabian Gromenida shined and earned the nod as the Male Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row, while second-year forward Felica Rodney was honoured as Female Athlete of the Year.
Gromenida, from Formosa, Argentina, also played futsal for the Broncos was an Alberta Colleges All-Conference selection in soccer for the second straight season, after scoring 12 goals in 12 games. That including a four-goal showing against the University of Alberta-Augustana Vikings.
Rodney, a Calgary native was one of the top ACAC performers on the year, with 15 goals in 11 games, good for third league-wide. She also tied an ACAC record with seven goals in a game against the RDC Queens and earned an ACAC South All-Conference selection.
On the badminton court, it was Priyanna Ramdhani who earned Female Rookie of the Year honours.
Ramdhani posted several bronze medal performances throughout the season in women’s singles play and turned it up a notch when it mattered, collecting silver at the ACAC Championships. The rookie, from Peter’s Hall, Guayana, also ended up fourth at the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association Championships in Toronto. In doubles play, along with Layce Donaldson, Ramdhani earned bronze at the ACAC Championships.
On the men’s side, first-year Ben Nelson collected the award as the Male Rookie of the Year. Nelson, a Calgary product had a productive first season, averaging 8.2 points-per-game. He hit nearly 33 per cent of his three point attempts and led the team with 50 made threes.
Jesse Stoddart was selected as the Broncos Male Impact Athlete of the Year, for his work on and off the volleyball court. In his first year as libero, Stoddart was second in the ACAC in digs and volunteered for a number of community initiatives including coaching and officiating for youth volleyball.
On the women’s side, Jesse Jack took home the Female Impact Athlete of the Year award for her volunteer efforts. The Broncos women’s hockey assistant captain worked with CLC Tri-Active Youth Camps and Female Try Hockey Days in central Alberta and was also part of the Student Athlete Leadership Team. She also helped organize the Cystic Fibrosis Awareness game the team played in.