Every year, SAIT holds an annual athletics awards gala for their student-athletes to honour their achievements both on and off the field. One of the biggest awards is the Male/Female Athletes of the Year, which was won by hockey players Dean Allison and Cora Sutton. This was the first time both male and female athletes of the year were hockey players since 2006-07 season when both men’s and women’s hockey teams were ACAC Conference Champions.
Sutton entered her final season as a Trojan donning the “C” on her jersey and justified the captaincy by taking home her first athlete of the year award on her third nomination.
“It was definitely a storybook ending to a great career,” Sutton said of winning the award in her final season. “It’s been one hell of a journey here so to end off with the female athlete of the year, especially with all the competition I was up against, was a huge honour.”
As for Allison, this was his first nomination in his second year at SAIT. He captained the men’s hockey team to the ACAC semi-finals. Allison finished with 38 points in just 28 games, good for third in the ACAC, but was still surprised when his name was called as the winner.
“I would be lying if I said I wasn’t surprised when I heard my name get called.” Allison said. “There’s a lot of outstanding athletes that go to this school…It’s a really positive and exciting feeling for myself to hear my name called that day.”
The other nominees for Male Athlete of the Year were: Trent Mounter (2nd year Volleyball), Jacques Saayman (1st year Cross-Country/Indoor Track), John Smith Jr. (2nd year Basketball), and Jake Walmsley (3rd year Soccer).
The other nominees for Female Athlete of the Year were: Megan Brennan (5th year Volleyball), Jennifer Dore (2nd year Soccer), Ricki Doyle (2nd year Cross-Country/Indoor Track), Alicia Tan (4th year Basketball), and Hailey Young (2nd year Fastball).