KPU honours its athletes

Norma Sheane (far left) of the KPU Eagles women’s soccer team received the Mary and Pius McEachern Memorial Award at the university’s athlete banquet in Langley. - FILE PHOTO / THE LEADER
Norma Sheane (far left) of the KPU Eagles women’s soccer team received the Mary and Pius McEachern Memorial Award at the university’s athlete banquet in Langley.
— image credit: FILE PHOTO / THE LEADER

A pair of badminton players have been honoured with the Athletes of the Year award at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s (KPU) varsity athlete banquet night in Langley last month.

Rosalynn Chong of Vancouver and Chris Chung of Hong Kong were the recipients of the top honour, helping the KPU Eagles to a silver medal in the PACWEST (Pacific Western Athletic Conference) team standings. The pair placed second in the conference in mixed doubles, and each was named a conference all-star.

The pair also won a bronze medal at the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) nationals. Chung was twice named the KPU Eagle Male Athlete of the Week, while Chong took the honor three times.

A pair of Surrey residents, Shilpa Khanna of the women’s basketball team and men’s soccer player Matt Visser, received the Charter Bus Lines varsity athletic academic award. Khanna was named the PACWEST rookie of the year.

The Charter Bus Lines award goes to the first year student-athletes with the highest grade point average (GPA) in their first semester at KPU.

The Pat Dooley Memorial Award went to men’s basketball forward Gurpal Mann of Surrey, for his leadership on and off the court.

Norma Sheane of the women’s soccer team, received the Mary and Pius McEachern Memorial Award for “commitment to the program while maintaining excellence in the classroom.

The Jeff Norris award, presented to a KPU Eagles golfer who has competed in a BCGA (B.C. Golf Association) championship  with a handicap index of 6.0 or better,  went to Thomas Rose of Surrey.

“I would like to thank all the student-athletes, coaches and staff that made the 2013-14 season a success at KPU,” said director of recreation and athletic David Kent. “I look forward to a successful fall (2014) with the majority of the student-athletes, returning to compete and study, on our eight teams in September.”

The (Most Valuable Player) MVP awards for each KPU Eagles team were:

Ali Bosir (men’s basketball), Khanna (women’s basketball, Chung (men’s badminton), Chong (women’s badminton), Rose (golf), Jacob Starheim (men’s soccer) and Gurneet Josan (women’s soccer).

Players named to PACWEST all-star teams this past season included Alisa Young, Bradley Mear, Chung, Chong and Willine Kwee (badminton), Kevin Taheri and Murtada Almatrood (men’s soccer) and Sheane (women’s soccer).

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