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Canucks' Hamhuis tells Langley Fundamental athletes 'to stay humble'
Vancouver Canucks defenceman Dan Hamhuis, who won gold with Team Canada at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, left a lasting impression at the third annual Langley Fundamental Titans athletic banquet.
The banquet was held June 4 at Langley's Southgate Church.
"Dan reminded us that we should always stay humble and respect others' abilities," said Kim Bauder, a graduating senior who played on the school's volleyball and soccer teams.
And Hamhuis' humbleness made his message more believable, added Emma Lewis, who played on the senior basketball, volleyball and soccer squads.
"It made his message more believable," she said. "He spoke from his heart and shared what values in life were most important to him.
"He said that the legacy he would like to be remembered for is for sharing the gifts he had been given.
"That was pretty powerful for me," she added.
"That is something we can all do, since we are all gifted in different areas of our life."
Athletic Awards for Most Valuable Player and Most Inspirational Player for each team went to:
Sr. Boys Soccer — Nick Hall and Randy Carmichael / Clayton Frohlich;
Jr. Boys Soccer — Reese Mostat and Trevor Kragt;
Sr. Girls Soccer — Jenna Turner / Alix Way and Carman Mostat;
Sr. Boys Volleyball — Carson Heppell and Brayden Griffiths;
Jr. Boys Volleyball — Phil Stahl and Luke Degani;
Sr. Girls Volleyball — Brie O’Reilly and Taylor Janzen;
Jr. Girls Volleyball — Avery Heppell and Jessie Reek;
Jr. Girls Volleyball “B” — Cassidy Martin and Stephanie Slussar;
Sr. Boys basketball — Zuri Vankevich and Denham O’Reilly;
Jr. Boys Basketball — Yi-An Pan and David Kristman;
Sr. Girls Basketball — Sarah Tully and Emma Lewis/Monica Marwood;
Jr. Girls Basketball — Alison Evans and Esther Punzalan;
Jr. Boys Hockey — Brendan Budy and Brady Andrew;
Sr. Track and Field MVP — Hannah Beaton;
Jr. Track and Field — Megan Champoux and Katelyn Reeves;
Sr. Cross Country MVP — Grant Nataros;
Jr. Cross Country — Adrianna Klassen.
The senior boys volleyball team was also presented their provincial banner for winning gold at the AA championships, while the senior girls volleyball team and the junior boys volleyball team were both honoured for winning medals at provincials. The senior girls were second and the junior boys came third.