Dalhousie’s Haworth and Moncton’s MacKenzie win CIS track & field awards

Dalhousie’s Haworth and Moncton’s MacKenzie win CIS track & field awards

(EDMONTON, Alta.) - The season award winners were announced Thursday morning prior to the start of the 2013 CIS indoor track and field championships.

On the women's side, Jenna Westaway from the University of Calgary (track events) and Mélanie Blouin from Laval (field events) were named outstanding performers of the year. Ottawa's Emma Galbraith was voted rookie of the year, while Dalhousie's Rebecca Haworth received the Student-Athlete Community Service Award.

The male recipients were Laval's Charles Philibert-Thiboutot (track MVP), Sherbrooke's Olivier Huet (field MVP), Guelph's Yves Sikubwabo (rookie of the year) and Moncton's Jason MacKenzie (Student-Athlete Community Service Award).

The three-day national meet runs from Thursday to Saturday at the University of Alberta's Universiade Pavilion. All sessions will be webcast live on www.CIS-SIC.tv.  

Championship website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/trackfield/index

Student-Athlete Community Service Award (F): Rebecca Haworth, Dalhousie

Haworth excelled on and off the field in her third year at Dalhousie University.

The native of Waverly, N.S., claimed gold at five different meets in the high jump, including at the AUS championships and at the McGill Team Challenge in Montreal, where she prevailed with a leap of 1.73 metres, the seventh best performance in CIS this season.

A 4.06 GPA student in psychology, Haworth is the founder of the Special Tigers Sports program, which provides opportunities for Special Olympians to spend a day playing sports with Dalhousie varsity athletes. She volunteers with Dalhousie's Health Mentors and peer partners programs, is co-president of the university's Varsity Council, and is an assistant track and field coach at Halifax's Sacred Heart School. In previous years, she had been a volunteer at Halifax's Light the Night walk for Leukemia and Lymphoma, a meal assistance program volunteer for Capital Health, and the Dalhousie Varsity coordinator for Operation Christmas Child.

"Rebecca is an absolutely outstanding athlete, leader and humanitarian," said Dalhousie track and field head coach Rich Lehman. "Her tireless work ethic always amazes me. She is constantly on the go, but always manages to bring a high level of energy and intensity to practice and competition."

The other nominees were Catherine Goulet-Paradis of Sherbrooke (RSEQ), Jenine McCutcheon of Western (OUA) and Alison Jackson of Trinity Western (Canada West).

Student-Athlete Community Service Award (M): Jason MacKenzie, Moncton

MacKenzie, a fifth-year kinesiology student, had a solid final season with the Aigles Bleus. He broke the school record in the pentathlon three times, including at the AUS championships where he took silver with 3,463 points. The native of Campbellton, N.B., also claimed bronze in the 60m hurdles and the 4 x 400m relay at the conference meet.

The recipient of a Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award, MacKenzie has a cumulative grade point average of 3.41 and has been accepted in his Master's program for next year.

His community involvement is second to none. He spent two weeks in Haiti with Right To Play; volunteers with a number of track and field and cross-country programs and at numerous events; was UdeM team captain each of the past two years; is a member of the university's campus athletes' council; and, in 2011, received the Physical Health and Education student leader of the year award for UdeM.

"Despite having started in the sport of athletics only five years ago, Jason has become one of the best combined event athletes in Atlantic Canada. He has accomplished this through an intense dedication to his sport and many, many hours of hard work," said Steven LeBlanc, technical director and coach of the U de M track and field program. "He exemplifies leadership in his commitment to his teammates. He is also a great example of the principles of sportsmanship and fair play."

The other nominees were Mathieu Hains of Sherbrooke (RSEQ), Josh Archer of Western (OUA) and Ian McLellan of Regina (Canada West).



Athlete of the year (track events): Jenna Westaway, Calgary

Athlete of the year (field events): Mélanie Blouin, Laval

Rookie of the year: Emma Galbraith, Ottawa

Student-athlete community service award: Rebecca Haworth, Dalhousie


Athlete of the year (track events): Charles Philibert-Thiboutot, Laval

Athlete of the year (field events): Olivier Huet, Sherbrooke

Rookie of the year: Yves Sikubwabo, Guelph

Student-athlete community service award: Jason MacKenzie, Moncton


Thursday, March 7

14:30   Weight Throw (W) Final

15:00   60m Hurdles (W) Pentathlon

15:15   60m Hurdles (M) Pentathlon

15:45   High Jump (W) Pentathlon

16:00   Long Jump (M) Pentathlon

17:15   Shot Put (M) Pentathlon

18:00   60m (W) Heats

18:10   60m (M) Heats

18:15   Shot Put (W) Pentathlon

18:30   High Jump (M) Pentathlon

19:00   60m (W) Final

19:10   60m (M) Final

19:30   Long Jump (W) Pentathlon

19:30   600m (W) Heats

19:45   600m (M) Heats

20:00   4x200m Relay (W) Heats

20:20   4x200m Relay (M) Heats

20:45   1000m (M) Pentathlon

21:00   800m (W) Pentathlon

Friday, March 8

16:30   Weight Throw (M) Final

16:30   60m Hurdles (W) Heats

16:45   60m Hurdles (M) Heats

17:00   Long Jump (M) Final

17:00   Pole Vault (W) Final

17:00   1000m (W) Final

17:10   1000m (M) Final

17:30   60m Hurdles (M) Final

17:40   60m Hurdles (W) Final

17:50   300m (W) Heats

18:05   300m (M) Heats

18:30   3000m (W) Final

18:50   3000m (M) Final

19:00   High Jump (M) Final

19:00   Long Jump (W) Final

19:00   Shot Put (W) Final

19:40   300m (W) Final

19:50   300m (M) Final

20:00   4x800m Relay (W) Final

20:15   4x800m Relay (M) Final

Saturday, March 9

12:30   Triple Jump (W) Final

12:30   Pole Vault (M) Final

13:15   600m (W) Final

13:30   600m (M) Final

14:15   4x200m Relay (W) Final

14:25   4x200m Relay (M) Final

14:30   High Jump (W) Final

14:45   Triple Jump (M) Final

14:45   Shot Put (M) Final

14:45   1500m (W) Final

15:00   1500m (M) Final

16:00   4x400m Relay (W) Final

16:15   4x400m Relay (M) Final

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