The Notre Dame Cougars celebrated their best and brightest athletes last week in the school gymnasium.
After a year full of top athletic achievements, plenty of Cougars were recognized for their accomplishments on and off the field of play.
Two of the major award winners on the evening included Male Athlete of the Year Zack Jansen and Female Athlete of the Year Anne-Marie Purdy.
Purdy also brought home the award last year and is one of the school’s most well-rounded athletes. Along with competing on both the senior girls volleyball and basketball teams, she was MVP for the handball, basketball and soccer teams as well as coaches award for senior volleyball.
Other Female Athlete of the Year nominees included Brooke Lotwinski and Kiana Doyle.
Jansen was equally competitive on multiple fronts, also playing senior volleyball, basketball and handball. He was the handball MVP, and the most improved player on the volleyball team that competed at the Alberta Schools Athletic Association 4A Championships as the top central zone representative.
Jansen was also a standout on the track team, earning MVP honours for his efforts. Jansen won the senior boys 100m hurdles at the zone championships and then picked up bronze at the ASAA Track and Field Championships in Calgary. His time of 14.67 seconds was just a half second behind the winning time.
Other nominees for Male Athlete of the Year were Johann Danielson and Eric Desilets.
The athletic genes run deep in the Jansen family, as Sam also picked up several awards at the annual banquet. Sam was the MVP of junior boys handball and finished four in junior javelin at track and field provincials. Sam also set a zone record in javelin at zones. He won the Grade 10 Athlete of the Year award, other nominees included Robert Taylor and Nick Ramrattan.
The grade 10 female athlete of the year was Shynelle Woroniuk. She played senior volleyball and basketball, and was the female MVP for badminton and track and field. She won gold at the ASAA Badminton provincials in mixed doubles and added bronze in the junior girls high jump at track and field provincials. Woroniuk beat out Paityn Babb and Matise Rensberg for the honour.
Reid Howell and Emmanuel Santos were the Greg Hall Spirit Award winners and Kia Piche and Johann Danielson earned the Cougars Leadership Award.