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Cross-country’s Graham MacDonald and basketball player Grace Fishbein were named the winners of the Butler Trophy for Memorial University’s male and female athletes of the year Thursday night.
Memorial recognized the accomplishments of top student-athletes, coaches and student trainers who participate in varsity athletics at the 53rd annual Athletic Awards Night at the Holiday Inn.
This season MacDonald earned an Atlantic Univrsity Sport (AUS) all-star selection, won the Acadia Invitational, led his team to a bronze medal at the AUS championships., and represented Memorial at the 2012 CIS cross-country Championship.
Fishbein was eighth in the AUS with 15.4 points per game and was Memorial’s most valuable women’s basketball player, finishing among the AUS leaders in field goal percentage, three-point percentage, and steals. She was selected an AUS first team all-star and was named to the AUS championship all-star team after leading the Sea-Hawks to the semi-finals.
Seven of Memorial’s graduating student-athletes were inducted into the Athletic Honour Society, which recognizes those who have made an outstanding contribution to the athletic program at Memorial University. Election to membership in the Athletic Honour Society is the highest athletic award that can be conferred on a student at Memorial University.
This year’s inductees were Kim Devison (basketball), Fishbein (basketball), Ally Forsey (basketball), Chantel Jones (volleyball), Victoria Ralph (cross-country/wrestling), Drew Stephens (volleyball) and, inducted posthumously, Erin Bursey (volleyball).
This year’s recipient of the Dr. J.D. Eaton Coach of the Year Award was the staff of the women’s volleyball team, which overcame adversity this season as it dealt with the loss of Bursey, the team’s captain, who dies as the result of a vehicle pdestrian accident last year. The staff of Bill Thistle, Karen Murphy, Derek March, Sarah Strickland, and Sarah Chalker all provided leadership on and off the court, leading the team to the AUS semifinals.
The women’s volleyball team also was awardedthe Sea-Hawks Cup which recognizes the varsity team best combines athletics, academics, community initiatives and fitness scores. The volleyballers were involved in a number of community initiatives including the Terry Fox Run, the MUN Run 5k, the Rotary Read-A-Long Program and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Shoot for the Cure. The team had an inspired playoff run at home before losing in the AUS semi-final.
Mason Jeddore was chosen winner of the Michael “Beecher” Smith Heart Award, presented annually to the student-athlete who goes above and beyond the call of duty in his or her sport. The award is in memory of Michael Smith, a varsity wrestler who died suddenly in January 2007.
Jeddore, a swimmer, is actively involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Best Buddies Program, Let’s Talk Science and St. John’s Special Olympics. Mason provided leadership on Memorial’s yound swim team this season and has been a popular teammate during his time as a Sea-Hawk.
Angela Peddle was presented with the Graham Snow Memorial Award, awarded annually to the student who combines prowess in varsity athletics with high academic achievement.
Peddle is a scholarship-winning nursing student, most valuable player of the women’s volleyball team and an active volunteer in the community.