Numerous QMS girls singled out for multiple achievement

Graduating students, from left, Abby Wadsworth, Brooke Reynolds and Emma Benson were recognized as major award winners at the QMS Athletic Awards Banquet. - Hayley Picard
Graduating students, from left, Abby Wadsworth, Brooke Reynolds and Emma Benson were recognized as major award winners at the QMS Athletic Awards Banquet.
— image credit: Hayley Picard

Several athletes made repeat visits to the podium during the Queen Margaret’s School Athletic Awards Banquet held last Thursday at Duncan Meadows Golf Course.

“I am very proud of our athletes’ accomplishments this year,’’ said QMS Head of School Wilma Jamieson in a news release.

“As Jackie-Joyner Kersee states, girls playing sports is not about winning gold medals. It’s about self-esteem, learning to compete and learning how hard you have to work in order to achieve your goals.’’

In the Major Athletic Awards category, Juliet Westlake of Duncan was honoured as the Senior Athlete of the Year, Kelsea Sebastian of Nanaimo the Junior Athlete of the Year and Alexis Elliott the Midget Athlete of the Year.

Madison Heisterman of Nanaimo was absent from the proceedings, resting after B.C. Summer Games trials, but received a Sports Captain Award along with Anna Esquivel of Salt Spring Island and Duncan’s Robin Fleming.

Heisterman also earned the Vernon Trophy for the Grade 7-8 Midget Equestrian Program award. Alice Young of Duncan was the recipient of the Burton Cup for the Grade 11-12 Senior Equestrian Award and the Dunlop Trophy Junior Equestrian Award for Grade 9-10 went to Miranda Lebeuf of Kelowna.

Brooke Reynolds of Duncan (Senior), Alyssa Andress of Salt Spring Island (Junior) and Duncan’s Alexandra Johnston (Midget) won P.E. awards.

Coaches’ Award winners for sportsmanship and dedication included: Duncan’s Emma Benson, Abby Wadsworth and Caleigh Coels and Japan’s Nao Tada.

Mckaylee Catcher was the recipient of the Spirit of the Royals Award.

Wadsworth was a multiple award winner, as she also received the senior MVP for track and field and offensive player of the year for senior field hockey.

Young track star Heisterman was also recognized as the Junior MVP for track and field.

Westlake added the badminton MVP and senior volleyball spirit awards to her collection. Catcher claimed the senior basketball MVP award and Sebastian won the junior volleyball and basketball MVP plaques.

Other top athletes not in attendance included: Kassidy Keith and Catherine Rankin, who were competing in equestrian events at Thunderbird Park in Langley.

Other MVP awards went to Fleming in senior field hockey, Tada in senior volleyball, Lalaine Gower of Duncan in swimming and Gabriela Delgado of Duncan in senior soccer.

Keith was named most valuable equestrian rider.

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