Chargers volleyball student-athlete Michelle Zygmunt spikes post-secondary career with prestigious President’s Cup
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Student-athletes, coaches and supporters of the Camosun College Chargers gathered this evening at the Harbour Towers Hotel to recognize the achievements of the college’s student-athletes at Camosun’s 23rd Annual Athletic Awards Ceremony.
Fourth-year outside hitter Michelle Zygmunt of the Camosun Chargers women’s volleyball program team earned the prestigiousPresident’s Cup for her outstanding academic and athletic achievements over the 2016-17 season. Zygmunt led the Chargers to a silver medal finish at this year’s Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) National Women’s Volleyball Championship – the program’s highest all-time achievement. Michelle went on to be named MVP of the championship, becoming the fifth individual in the 42-year history of the CCAA to receive the honour as a non-gold medalist.
Soon to graduate with a diploma in Camosun’s Fine Furniture and Joinery Foundations program and her Carpentry Level 1 Apprenticeship, Michelle received a 91% GPA for the 2016 Fall semester. She received the PACWEST Academic Excellence award earlier this year for maintaining an academic honours standing from Fall 2015 to Fall 2016 and was named a CCAA Academic All-Canadian for her combined academic and athletic achievements.
“Being a Charger has presented me with the opportunity for growth both as an athlete and a student,” stated Zygmunt. “I have been able to create long lasting relationships and receive an education while playing a sport that I love.”
Presenting Michelle with the award was Camosun College President Sherri Bell. “I am continually impressed by the incredible achievements made by student-athletes like Michelle,” she stated. “Camosun is extremely proud of the accomplishments all the Chargers have made.”
The Derek Twomey Scholarship for Sport was awarded to fifth-year Chargers men’s volleyball left-side Savana Walkingbear(Thunderchild First Nation, SK) who was selected for his passion, indomitable spirit and desire to give back to his community.
Twelve student-athletes were recognized for their outstanding academic and athletic accomplishments at the Provincial and National levels. Sponsored by Accent Inns and Wilson’s Transportation, the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) and Pacific Western Athletic Association (PACWEST) awards were presented to:
Matthew Bowers Men’s Volleyball PACWEST All-Rookie Team
PACWEST Athlete of the Week (Feb. 20-26, 2017)
Kathryn Candell Women’s Basketball PACWEST 1st Team All-Star
Stephanie Galitzine Women’s Volleyball PACWEST Academic Excellence
Megan Ireland Women’s Volleyball PACWEST Rookie of the Year
PACWEST All-Rookie Team
Mac Keats Men’s Golf CCAA Athlete of the Week (Sept. 21, 2016)
PACWEST Athlete of the Week (Sept. 12-18, 2016)
Matt Matheson Men’s Golf PACWEST 1st Team All-Star
Morgan Monkman Women’s Volleyball PACWEST Academic Excellence
Mia Roberts Women’s Basketball PACWEST Rookie of the Year
PACWEST All-Rookie Team
Savana Walkingbear Men’s Volleyball PACWEST 1st Team All-Star
PACWEST Athlete of the Week (Jan. 9-15, 2017)
Douglass Waterman Men’s Volleyball PACWEST 2nd Team All-Star
Elion Wong Men’s Volleyball CCAA Athlete of the Week (Jan. 25, 2017)
PACWEST Athlete of the Week (Jan. 16-22, 2017)
Michelle Zygmunt Women’s Volleyball CCAA Academic All-Canadian
PACWEST 1st Team All-Star
PACWEST Academic Excellence
Five student-athletes were recognized as Team Rookie. Included were Matt Bowers – men’s volleyball (Milton, ON), Megan Ireland – women’s volleyball (G.P. Vanier, Courtenay), Mia Roberts – women’s basketball (St. Michaels, Victoria) and Jack Wenstob – men’s basketball (Belmont, Victoria).
Five additional student-athletes were acknowledged for their Team Leadership throughout the year. Among those were AJ Beaudry – men’s basketball (Winnipeg, MB), Mike Flegel – men’s golf (Moose Jaw, SK), Kayla Nixon – women’s volleyball (Calgary, AB), Håkon Østrem – men’s volleyball (Troms, Norway) and Isla Swanwick – women’s basketball (Belmont, Victoria).
A final group of Camosun athletes received the Team MVP award and included Kathryn Candell – women’s basketball (Pacific Christian),Mac Keats – men’s golf (Cochrane, AB), Andrew Larson – men’s basketball (Cowichan Sec, Duncan), Savana Walkingbear – men’s volleyball (Thunderchild First Nation, SK) and Michelle Zygmunt – women’s volleyball (Abbotsford, BC).
Camosun also recognized 14 student-athletes graduating from the Chargers athletics program for their valued contributions:
AJ Beaudry Winnipeg, MB 5th Year (2011-12; 2013-2017) Business Admin
Lucas Derksen Saskatoon, SK 4th Year (2013-15 Lakeland; 2015-17 CAM) Exercise and Wellness
Ted Neilson Dover Bay, Nanaimo 5th Year (2010-11 UVic; 2012-14 UVic; 2015-17 CAM) Carpentry
Rulon Schmidt Cowichan Sec, Duncan 5th Year (2010-13; 2015-17) Post Degree Accounting
Evan Woodson Oak Bay, Victoria 5th Year (2012-2017) Business Admin
Mac Keats Cochrane, AB 5th Year (2010-12 Hawaii Pacific Univ; 2015-16 CAM) BBA Marketing
Matt Matheson West Van, BC 4th Year (2011 CAP, 2014-16 CAM) Golf Management
Scott Merriam Cranbrook, BC 3rd Year (2014-2016) Golf Management
Katie Fetting Lethbridge, AB 5th Year (2012-14 Lethbridge; 2014-17 CAM) Business Admin
Lainey Jantzi Parksville, BC 5th Year (2012-2017) University Transfer
Michelle Zygmunt Abbotsford, BC 4th Year (2011-12 Univ of Ottawa; 2014-15 UFV; 2015-17 CAM) Fine Furniture
Matthew Cantin Prince Albert, SK 4th Year (2011-12 MRU; 2012-13 Lethbridge; 2015-17 CAM) Business Admin
Gabriel Freund Richmond, BC 3rd Year (2014- 2017) University Transfer
Tyler Remenda Calgary, AB 5th Year (2012-14 COTR; 2014-17 CAM) Bachelor Sport and Fitness Leadership
Savana Walkingbear Thunderchild First Nation, SK 5th Year (2012-15 Lakeland; 2015-17 CAM) Community, Family and Child Studies (Indigenous Family Support)
This year’s medal winning finishes for the Chargers included:
- Men’s Golf PACWEST Provincial Gold Medalists
- Men’s Volleyball PACWEST Provincial Gold Medalists
- Women’s Volleyball CCAA National Silver Medalists
“This was another great year for the Chargers,” said Camosun Recreation and Athletics Coordinator Graham Matthews. “We are extremely proud of the achievements made by our student-athletes and coaches and look forward to hosting the CCAA National Men’s Volleyball Championship in March 2018!”