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Royal Military College Honours Varsity Athletes at Annual Ceremony

Layout and Photos by 25366 NCdt (IV) Mike Shewfelt

The achievements and successes of RMC varsity athletes were highlighted throughout the annual Varsity Awards Ceremony, which took place on Wednesday, March 21st.

Kingston native 25419 OCdt (IV) Melissa McCoy, 22, won her first Kelly Gawne Memorial Cup as RMC Female Athlete of the Year. McCoy helped guide the women’s volleyball team to their second consecutive OUA playoff appearance. The fourth year Psychology student was also named OUA 2nd Team All-Star for her efforts this past season.

25815 NCdt (III) Jason Song, 20, a third year Chemical Engineering student from Maple Ridge, BC, was named recipient of the Tommy Smart Cup as RMC Male Athlete of the Year. Song, who was also named Top 3rd Year Athlete at the college, was a member of the 2011 Canadian national Universiade team that competed in Shenzhen, China this past August. He is currently ranked 5th in Canada in the male lightweight division.

25440 OCdt (IV) Landon Lavictoire, 24, from Kirkland Lake, ON, has been a leader on the men’s hockey team as well as at the college over the past four years. Having served as team captain this past season, the Honours Business Administration student also filled the role of Cadet Wing Commander this past fall. Lavictoire was named recipient of the H.R.H. Prince of Wales Cup for his excellence in all four components throughout his college years.

25508 OCdt (IV) Thegne Rathbone, from South Slocan, BC, has been a vocal leader of the men’s volleyball team over the past four years and was the recipient of the Captain Matthew Dawe Memorial Cup. The Aeronautical Engineering student was also able to balance the demands of varsity volleyball, while being heavily involved with both the rowing and swim clubs at RMC.

Other athletes to be honored this evening were defenseman 26547 OCdt (I) Alex Pym from the men’s hockey team, who earned the Top 1st Year Athlete award, while midfielder 26019 OCdt (II) Michelle Hamilton of the women’s soccer team was named Top 2nd Year Athlete. OUA East 1st Team All-Star 25397 OCdt (IV) Jhordan Dorrington, keeper of the men’s soccer team, was named Top 4th Year Athlete, while fellow senior 25484 OCdt (IV) Aaron Barry of the men’s rugby team was named Top Team Captain.

The women’s volleyball team was again named RMC Team of the Year, following their second consecutive OUA playoff appearance.

Fantastic finish for Kingston volleyball player – Kingston Whig Standard

Pre-Ceremony Festivities

The Award Winners

TEAM MVP’s

Basketball (M) James Byun

Basketball (W) Sandy Edmison

Cross Country (M) Richard Hayes

Cross Country (W) Émilie Béland

Fencing (M) Steven Morris

Fencing (W) Diane Malo

Rugby (M) Riley Saliken

Soccer (M) Jhordan Dorrington

Soccer (W) Michelle Hamilton

Taekwondo Jason Song

Track (M) Félix-Olivier Cordeau

Track (W) Isabelle Allain

Volleyball (M) Jeff Fillmore and Tyler Leknois

Volleyball (W) Melissa McCoy

Hutton Trophy (Best 1st Year Cadet): Awarded to the first year cadet who makes the most outstanding achievements in athletics during the current College year.

Recipient: ………………………………………………………………..…… Alex Pym, Men’s Hockey

Hutton Trophy (Best 2nd Year Cadet): Awarded to the second year cadet who makes the most outstanding achievements in athletics during the current College year.

Recipient: ………………………………………………………… Michelle Hamilton, Women’s Soccer

RMC Military Club of Canada Trophy (Best 3rd Year Cadet): Awarded to the third year cadet who makes the most outstanding achievements in athletics during the current College year.

Recipient: …………………………………….…..…………………………….Jason Song, Taekwondo

RMC Military Club Canada Hamilton Branch Cup (Best 4th Year Cadet): Awarded to the fourth year cadet who makes the most outstanding achievements in athletics during the current College year.

Recipients: ……………………………………………………………… Melissa McCoy, Women’s Volleyball

Fair Play Award: Presented to the student athlete who demonstrated to the coaching staff and his/her teammates an attitude of fair play towards opponents, officials and everyone else that he/she comes in contact with both on and off the field of play.

Recipient: ……………………………………………..……….…………James Sarsons, Men’s Volleyball

The Kelly Gawne Memorial Cup: Awarded annually to the female athlete of the year.

Recipient: ……………………………..…………………………. Melissa McCoy, Women’s Volleyball

 

The Tommy Smart Cup: Awarded annually to the male athlete of the year.

Recipient: …………………………………..…………………………………………… Jason Song, Taekwondo

 

The Douglas Massey Cook Memorial Cup: Awarded annually to the Team of the Year.

Recipient: ………………………………………………….……………………..…. Women’s Volleyball

The Whitaker Cup: Awarded annually to the RMC Officer-Cadet who has been the best team captain of an RMC team sport.

Recipient: …………………………………………………………………… Aaron Barry, Men’s Rugby

The H.R.H. The Prince of Wales Cup: Awarded annually to a Fourth-Year Cadet in recognition of excellent athletic performance and strong performance in the four pillars (academic, military, physical fitness and bilingualism) throughout their entire college years.

Recipient: …………………………………….……………………… Landon Lavictoire, Men’s Hockey

 

The Captain Matthew Dawe Memorial Cup: Awarded annually to the outstanding male or female ROTP varsity athlete, of any year, who excels in all aspects of College life at RMC.

Recipient: …………………………………….……………………… Thegne Rathbone, Men’s Volleyball

The Outstanding Athlete Award: Awarded to those cadets whose athletic performance has been clearly recognized as outstanding not only against the immediate intercollegiate competition, but also at the national intercollegiate level or its’ equivalent in provincial, national or international events.

Katie Porter – Fencing

Nicholas Lightbody – Swimming

Jason Song – Taekwondo

Dr. Ian Crawford Memorial Award: Presented to the Athletic Trainer who embodies Dr. Crawford’s characteristics of commitment, professionalism, sacrifice and passion for RMC sports.

Recipient: …………………………………….……………………… Catherine Buethe

Academic All-Canadian Honour Roll Recipients

Academic Achievement Awards

OUA All-Stars 

OUA Special Recognition 

24647 OCdt (IV) Paul Lystiuk, right, was awarded the Commandant’s Athletic Achievement Award, and received a College Coin from BGen Eric Tremblay. 

Post-Ceremony Festivities