Sports: Awards Season Recap

AWOD Inductees Honoured

At the tail end of the varsity awards banquet, the 2019 Induction Class onto the RMC Athletics Wall of Distinction were presented with their plaques and given an opportunity to speak to the current athletes.

The first inductee mentioned was the legendary RMC hockey player Steve Molaski. Due to a civilian position in Kuwait, Molaski was unable to attend this year’s ceremony, but plans to return for 2020, when he will be the keynote speaker.

For more on Steve Molaski, click HERE.

Doug Smith, a former football player at RMC who went on to have an impressive coaching career, was inducted as an athlete/builder. He told stories of being coached by, and coaching with, another AWOD inductee: Doug Hargreaves.

For more on Doug Smith, click HERE.

Alan Markewicz, whose international pistol shooting endeavors were came to the forefront in his nomination, reflected back on his fencing days. A letterman fencer, he put in two years at Royal Roads and two years at RMC, learning so much during his time at the military colleges that he continued to fence at an elite level into his CAF career, including the chance to compete at high-level tournaments in the UK.

For more on Alan Markewicz, click HERE

Nathalie Birgentzlen was the final inductee and keynote speaker. She started by acknowledging a fellow Taekwondo star in the room: Karine Chayer. The two women trained with and competed against each other in their days at the College. Birgentzlen went on to thank the trailblazers that came before her, both at the College and throughout her athletic career, all of whom made it possible for her to achieve her immense success.

For more on Nathalie Birgentzlen, click HERE.

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RMC Athletes Honoured at Annual Awards Ceremony

KINGSTON, ONT (March 28, 2019) – RMC’s best varsity athletes were honoured on Thursday at the Varsity Awards night. Dale Towe (Caledon, Ont.) of the men’s volleyball team was named the Male Athlete of the Year, while, for the first time ever, two athletes will share the honour of Female Athlete of Year: Kara Stephan (Barrie, Ont.) of the women’s volleyball team and Claudia Rusu (Toronto, Ont.) of the women’s soccer team.

Rusu was named an OUA East First Team All-Star for her tremendous play as the Paladins keeper, making a league-leading 135 saves this year. Also named RMC’s top third year athlete, Rusu stopped all three penalty kicks she faced during the 2018-19 season en route to sharing the honour of the Kelly Gawne Memorial Cup.

Stephan was an OUA East First Team All-Star for the second consecutive season, ending her fourth year with the Paladins as the program’s all-time leader in points (991), kills (806), and aces (131). Also named the top fourth year athlete at RMC for 2018-19, Stephan was consistently among the OUA top five in points per set, kills per set, and digs per set. Stephan was also the Kelly Gawne Memorial Cup recipient last year.

Towe claimed the Tommy Smart Cup and title of RMC’s Male Athlete of the Year as an OUA East Second Team All-Star for the third year in a row. With 885.5 points and 773 kills, Towe set program records in both categories with one year of eligibility remaining. After being chosen as the captain of his team for three consecutive seasons, Towe was named the top team captain for 2018-19.

Every year since 1912, the top all round graduating varsity athlete at RMC earns the HRH Prince of Wales Cup for excelling in athletics as well as all four pillars at the College (Military, Academics, Bilingualism, and Physical Fitness) during their four years. The 2018-19 recipient is David Savery (Angus, Ont.) of the men’s hockey team, who was the team captain and a top defenceman for the Paladins in his fourth year. Training to be a pilot, Savery has been an exemplary cadet, even representing Canada this year at the Annual International Cadets’ Conference in Japan. In addition to his time spent on hockey and his military duties, Savery has excelled in his Honours Economics & Business Administration courses and passed his bilingual requirement.

Joining Towe from men’s volleyball, Travis Verbeek (Smithers, B.C.) earned the Matthew Dawe Memorial Cup, which is awarded annually to an outstanding ROTP varsity athlete, in any year, who excels in all aspects of College life.

This year, RMC also handed out two Outstanding Athlete Awards, which are given out on a case-by-case basis for exceptional performances at the provincial, national, or international level during the current academic year. For making Canada’s U20 rugby team and competing with them in Europe, Glenn Butler (Grimsby, Ont.) of the men’s rugby team earned of the awards for 2018-19 in addition to top first year honours. Garrett Whelan (Grandora, Sask.) of the fencing team also earned one of the awards for winning silver in men’s senior sabre at the 2019 Ontario Fencing Association provincial championships.

After winning the 2019 Carr-Harris Cup, Savery’s men’s hockey team won the RMC Team of the Year Award for the second consecutive year. Second-year forward Cameron Lamport (Newmarket, Ont.), who ended the year on a 10-game point-streak, was named the top second year.

Also honoured at this year’s varsity award ceremony were the 2019 induction class onto the RMC Athletics Wall of Distinction. This year’s inductees are Steve Molaski (Hockey), Nathalie Birgentzlen (Taekwondo), Alan Markewicz (Pistol Shooting), and Doug Smith (Football Coach).

The complete list of 2018-19 RMC Varsity Award Winners can be found below:

Female Athletes of the Year – Claudia Rusu (women’s soccer) and Kara Stephan (women’s volleyball)

Kelly Gawne Memorial Cup: Claudia Rusu (women’s soccer) and Kara Stephan (women’s volleyball)

Male Athlete of the Year – Dale Towe

Tommy Smart Cup: Dale Towe (men’s volleyball)

Top all round graduating varsity athlete – David Savery

HRH Prince of Wales Cup: David Savery (men’s hockey)

Captain Matthew Dawe Memorial Cup: Travis Verbeek (men’s volleyball)

Outstanding Athlete Award: Glenn Butler (men’s rugby)

Outstanding Athlete Award: Garrett Whelan (fencing)

Top 1st year: Glenn Butler (men’s rugby)

Top 2nd year: Cameron Lamport (men’s hockey)

Top 3rd year: Claudia Rusu (women’s soccer)

Top 4th year: Kara Stephan (women’s volleyball)

Fair Play Award: Aromi Adebayo (men’s soccer)

Top Team Captain: Dale Towe (men’s volleyball)

Team of the Year: Men’s Hockey

Commandant’s Athletic Achievement Awards:

Captain Eddie O’Handley (men’s volleyball assistant coach)

Major Marie-Christine Alamy (fencing military chair)

RMC Foundation

U SPORTS Academic All-Canadians (2017-18):

Men’s hockey: Bennett Huber, Matthew Muller, David Savery

Men’s soccer: Liam Chambers, Taylor Curran, William Gagnon, Thomas Jung

Women’s soccer: Samantha Doma, Michelle Evans

Men’s volleyball: Dale Towe, Sean Wolfe

Women’s volleyball: Andrea Banks, Lauryne Mvuezolo

OUA Academic Awards (2017-18):

Fencing: Ayla Chase, Alexandra Horeczy

Men’s rugby: Alberto Di Candia, Brett Diamond, Ian Plante-Signal

OUA All-Stars:

Garrett Whelan (fencing)

Glenn Butler (men’s rugby)

Claudia Rusu (women’s soccer)

Dale Towe (men’s volleyball)

Kara Stephan (women’s volleyball)

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Nicholas Bell, Recreation Club Volunteer of the Year (left), and Daniel Walcott, Competitive Club Volunteer of the Year (right).

Club Awards Go Off Without a Hitch

At the Club Awards on Tuesday night, Daniel Walcott from the rowing team was named the Competitive Club Volunteer of the Year, while Nicholas Bell from the Yacht Club was named the Rec Club Volunteer of the Year.

In front of many peers as well as distinguished guests, including the Commandant and the DCdts, individuals from all the clubs were honoured for their achievements and dedication this year. It was also a chance for club members to thank their coaches and supervisors, with many groups gifting signed, framed pictures to the people who help run their clubs.

It was a fun night of celebration, as members from the RMC Athletics clubs relived some of the highlights from 2018-19 in a year-end video.

Not at this year’s awards was Acting Recreation and Intramural Manager Samantha Linton, who welcomed her first child just a few days prior. The team she left in charge managed to put on a great event in her absence. Matt Somerville, the Rec Coordinator, is filling in while Samantha is on maternity leave.

There was a surprise announcement to close out the night. The club athletes were the first to get a sneak peek at a new logo for the RMC Department of Athletics, to be publicly unveiled before the students return to competition at the end of the summer. The same video was shown to the varsity athletes on Thursday.

See below for a fill list of club award winners:

Recreation Club Volunteer of the Year

RMC Yacht Club

Nicholas Bell

Competitive Club Volunteer of the Year

RMC Rowing Club

Daniel Walcott

RMC Running Club

Most Valuable Runner

Logan Roots

RMC Swimming Club

Most Valuable Swimmer

Mercedes LeBlanc

RMC Rowing Club

Most Valuable Rower

Adam Blok

RMC Debate Club

Top Debater

Kyle Canning

RMC Running Club

Most Valuable Runner

Isabelle Turner

RMC Women’s Rugby Club

Most Valuable Player

Esther Oyetoran

RMC Rowing Club

Rookie of the Year

Deven Deguara

RMC Judo Club

Most Valuable Player

Joel Renaud

RMC Swimming Club

Most Valuable Swimmer

Nathan Stafford

RMC Women’s Rugby Club

Most Improved Player

Emma Murphy

RMC Climbing Club

Most Valuable Player

Evan Courtis

RMC Bilingualism Club

Most Dedicated

Timothy Villegas

RMC Sailing Club

Most Valuable Volunteer

Nicholas Bell

RMC Taekwondo Club

Most Valuable Player

Mina Lee

RMC Expedition Club

Most Dedicated

Michael Hatley

RMC Aviation Enthusiast Club

Most Determined

Andrey Khalypenko

RMC Basketball Club

Most Dedicated

Kylie Fox

RMC Taekwondo Club

Rookie of the Year

Mihai Dascalescu

RMC Photography Club

Most Dedicated

Chiao Lo

RMC Astronomy Club

Most Dedicated

Pablo Cardona

RMC Multisport Club

Most Dedicated

Jonathan Bell

RMC War Games Club

Most Valuable Player

Nick Klimchuck

RMC Yacht Club

Most Dedicated

Dante Petitti

RMC Sport Parachuting Club

Most Valuable Player

Cédric Lagrenade

2 Comments

  • Andy Ross

    April 2, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    Congrats to all, and a special shout out to Natalie. The Wall of Distinction is such a well-deserved honour for you. You not only had a phenomenal career of successes as a TaeKwonDo athlete, but your ongoing support of the sport within the CF over your entire military career has benefited all who have come after you.

  • 11766 James Philip Doherty

    April 3, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Together with the Dean of Engineering, Derrick Bouchard, we had the time of our lives as spectators at this event that saw two incredible people from our era honoured with indoctrination into the Athletics Wall of Distinction. Hats off to our accomplished classmate, Alan Markewicz, and my phenomenal football coach, Doug Smith. Another highlight of the evening was witnessing the RMC Athletics Awards. The energy of all those elite athletes packed into the New Gym was incredible. The atmosphere was electrifying as they cheered uproariously the exploits of their classmates and teammates. Would you please find a means to post the sports highlights music video that was played on the occasion (perhaps on Youtube). I am certain that it would enthral and impress your readers. TDV, 11766 James Doherty