The 2017 SAIT Trojans annual Gala is taking place tonight, and students, faculty and fans will find out who is this year’s male and female athlete of the year.
Five men and six women cross their fingers in hopes of receiving the top honour after a very successful campaign across the board for all Trojans teams. Men’s hockey captain Dean Allison says it’s a huge honour to even be nominated for the award with all the superb athletes SAIT has.
With 21 ACAC All-Conference athletes and five ACAC Rookies of the Year, the talent pool that voters could choose from was as deep as ever. Women’s basketball stand out Alicia Tan reiterated the honour of just being selected, and said she was using this experience to power the Trojans to ACAC gold and a berth in the national tournament next year.
There will be some changes and additions to this year’s banquet. For the first time ever, a male and female freshman of the year award will be handed out since the success of each team was aided in large part by the hard work of the first year players.
The Trojan award which is handed out to an individual who epitomizes the Trojans motto of courage, determination and spirit will now be named the Al Buttle Red and White award, after the late Al Buttle who was SAIT’s first athletic director who passed away in 2013.