Time for a quick update. We held our annual Colour Awards (Athletic) Banquet last week at the Ambassador Conference Resort. This gave us the opportunity to announce our team awards including:
• Jenny Wright was named Rookie of the Year
• Sydney Kernahan received the Coach’s Award for her hustle, dedication & energy
• Brittany Moore collected her 4th consecutive MVP Award
Britt was also recognized for her outstanding achievements over her career – finishing 1st all-time in scoring for Queen’s basketball (men or women) and 2nd in scoring in OUA history with 1,652 points. She was presented with a school ring. Further, Britt was asked to speak on behalf of all student-athletes and, despite being a little under-the-weather, delivered an eloquent speech.
With all the work that goes into our Colour Awards, our Sports Information Department has been overloaded, preventing them from being able to prepare press releases, so I will announce our latest recruits now and forward the press releases when available.
Nicole Morse, a 6-0’ post from Cottam, ON (not far from Windsor) will don a Q’s uniform this fall. Playing for the Windsor Valliants JUEL team, Nicole is very tough around the hoop, bringing a physical presence and soft touch. Not to be fooled by her soft-spoken demeanour, Nicole brings a competitive intensity to the floor that will really benefit our program.
Emily Hazlett is a 5-6’ point guard from Fredericton, NB, who joins a long list of relatives with connections to Queen’s. Although both her parents played basketball at UNB, her dad, Mark is a Kingston native, with a brother and nephew who both played football at Q’s. Emily is a clever guard that sees and reads the court very well. An excellent ball handler, passer, and tenacious defender, Emily also brings a quiet, but intensely competitive, winning attitude. She was member of the New Brunswick Provincial team, and AAA Provincial High School Champions, Fredericton High School.
We are just putting the final touches on our exhibition schedule for the fall. It looks like we will be returning to Lennoxville, QC (Bishop’s Tournament) after Thanksgiving before returning home for the Tindall Tournament. Still working on a couple of games in the States the first weekend in November and will be returning to Puerto Rico for our Tropical Training Camp just after Christmas.
That’s if for now – have a Happy Easter.