LANGLEY, British Columbia – Trinity Western’s Ryan Scalter (men’s volleyball, Port Coquitlam, B.C.), Scott Plocktis (men’s volleyball, Kelowna, B.C.), Elly Wendel (women’s volleyball, Caronport, Sask.), Luca Schmidt ( women’s basketball, Langley, B.C.), Silas Matthys (men’s hockey, Wollerau, Switzerland), Ally Williamson (women’s soccer, Langley, B.C.) and Stephanie Chin (women’s soccer, Calgary) took home the Spartans most prestigious honour at the annual athletics banquet as they were each awarded the Complete Champion Award™ Friday night at the Langley Events Centre.
The seven stars were honoured with the evening-capping Complete Champion Awards, which are given to senior student-athletes who are “outstanding in athletic achievements, who advance to the edge of their abilities both academically and personally, and who also demonstrate leadership and a desire to grow spiritually.”
The Spartans Female Athlete of the Year award went to women’s cross-country and track and field middle distance runner fourth-year Regan Yee (South Hazelton, B.C.), while the Spartans Male Athlete of the Year award went to men’s volleyball outside Ryan Sclater.
The Bahta Melles Award for servant leadership went to third-year women’s soccer defender Amy Gartke (Edmonton) as well as men’s volleyball setter Jordan Koslowsky (Abbotsford, B.C.) and men’s hockey defenceman Lucas Hildebrand (Vancouver).
The Spartans Female Scholar Athlete of the Year award went to fifth-year women’s volleyball outside Elly Wendel and the Male Scholar Athlete of the Year award went to Sclater.
The Rookie of the Year Awards went to women's soccer defender Kristen Sakaki (Surrey, B.C.) and men’s volleyball outside Eric Loeppky (Steinbach, Man.).
The Murray Hall Leadership Legacy Awards went to fourth-year women’s basketball forward Kayla Gordon (Prince George, B.C.), Scott Plocktis and Silas Matthys.
The Human Kinetics Spartan Athlete Awards went to fifth-year women’s basketball guard Natalie Carkner (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) and fifth-year men’s soccer goalkeeper Andrew Hicks (Surrey, B.C.).
The School of Business Spartan Athlete Awards went to Kayla Gordon and fourth-year men’s volleyball libero Mark Antoniuk (Langley).
The Student Therapy junior award went to Marissa Van Noort, who worked with women’s basketball, and the senior award went to Sarah Koltun, who worked with women’s soccer and men’s hockey.
The Spartans also honoured departing strength and condition coach Andrew Heming, as well as departing assistant women’s volleyball coach Lies Reimer and departing assistant track and field coach Kim Chapdelaine.
The Spartans also honoured their graduating seniors in a special ceremony Friday.
Graduating Senior Athletes
Isabella Di Trocchio
Jamie Andrews Stobbart
Women’s Track and Field/Cross Country
Men’s Track and Field/Cross Country
The Athlete of the Year Award is selected by the Spartan Athletics Awards Committee from the coaches' nominations and awarded to a varsity athlete who is outstanding in the following areas: athletic achievement, quality of character, role model/TWU representative, academics.
The Scholar-Athlete Award is selected by the Spartan Athletic Awards Committee and awarded to the male and female graduating varsity athletes who best exemplify scholastic and athletic achievement.
The Bahta Melles Servant-Leader of the Year Award is selected by the Spartan Athletic Awards Committee from the coaches' nominations and awarded to the varsity athlete who best exemplifies the Spartan Athletics Mission Statement and the attributes of Spartans Hall of Fame member Bahta Melles.
The Male and Female Rookie of the Year Awards are selected from team rookies of the year and voted on by the Spartan Athletics Awards Committee.