After 12 years of practices, workouts, and tournaments, it can really feel nice to be recognized. The 2019 NPSS Grizzlies Athletic Awards were handed out at the annual awards banquet on June 6, with 39 students being recognized for their athletic achievements.
The biggest winners of the night were Kenzie Chilcott, Celine Quigley, and Quinlan Snider.
Chilcott won the award for Outstanding Athletic Achievement, for her work in captaining the senior girls soccer team and winning the cross country zones. She finished 34th out of 226 runners at provincials.
“From early morning practices and workouts, she never lets off. She’s an exceptional high school student athlete and I’ll miss coaching her,” cross country coach Rebecca Pimm said of Chilcott.
“I’ve had a tough year with a lot of setbacks and a dislocated shoulder and I was just focused on making sure I could keep playing. I put in a lot of hard work and it helps to have this great community around me,” said Chilcott.
Quigley was named the Female Athlete of the Year. As captain and MVP of the senior girls basketball team, Quigley displayed outstanding commitment and effort throughout the year and will be playing basketball at Okanagan College in the fall.
“To say (Quigley) is hard working does not even begin to describe her. She’s a machine, and din’t go a week this entire year without a practice, game, or tournament,” said Athletics Director Samantha Stackhouse.
“This means so much to me, I worked so hard. Sports are pretty much my life and what I love. Being able to have this wraps it all up,” Quigley said.
Snider won Male Athlete of the Year, for his outstanding efforts in soccer, rugby, track and field, and cross country running.
"It means so much to have all my friends and family around to support through the struggles and early mornings. Nice to be regonized for the work we all put in, because we put in a lot," said Snider.
Snider is known for how hard he worked each and every day.
"He had exceptional leadership, sportsmanship and a desire to do his best. His commitment to improving was so great we had to start forcing him to take rest days, as he would work iout in the morning and again in afternoon," Stackhouse said.
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