ST. CATHARINES, ON - Brock Sports wrapped up another season as they hosted the Annual Awards Dinner Wednesday night in front of a capacity crowd of over 850 in attendance at the Holiday Inn & Suites Parkway Conference Centre
The Badgers had a very successful season capturing three provincial and two national championships giving the university 115 Championships in school history. Brock teams also took home four provincial silver medals and four bronze medals.
Two-sport athlete Eric Bradey (Guelph, ON) and figure skater Katie Desveaux (north York, ON) were named the 2016-17 Brock Male and Female Athletes of the Year.
Bradey, a two-sport athlete in men's curling and soccer, once again had a great 2016-17 season. On the soccer pitch, the team captain for the third straight season was one of the top centre backs in the OUA West Division, constantly disrupting opposition attacks as well as contributing play build up.
During the winter season, he was skip and team captain of the Brock men's curling team leading them to an OUA bronze medal for the second consecutive season. He was named an OUA All-Star after shooting an impressive 80 percent at the OUA Championships where Brock posted a 7-2 record. He also led the Badgers to the 2017 Brock Bonspiel title.
Bradey was selected as a 2016-17 Ontario Junior Curling Tour (OJCT) All-Star as the best player at his position in the province. In the classroom, Bradey was named an OUA All-Academic and U SPORTS Academic All-Canadian for the third consecutive season.
Desveaux had one of the most successful seasons by a Brock women's figure skater in the program's history. She helped lead the Badgers to a school best silver medal finish at the OUA Championships and a bronze medal at the OUA Winter Invitational.
At the 2017 OUA Championships, Desveaux, alongside teammate Laura Holbrough, captured gold in both the Women's Open Short Dance and Women's Int. Similar Pairs. In one of the strongest skates of the championships, Katie captured her third gold medal of the event winning the Women's Open Solo Dance. For her performance she was named an OUA first team All-Star.
At the OUA Winter Invitational, Desveaux took home gold in the Open Solo Dance and silver in both the Open Short Dance and Intermediate Similar Pairs.
Other major award winners included men's rugby's Jeremy Brownridge (Sunderland, ON), who took home three major awards, two-sport athlete Lauren Kniewasser (Ottawa, ON) who received two awards and women's hockey's Brenna Murphy (Odessa, ON).
Brownridge received the R.M. Davis Surgite Award while Murphy took home the David Atkinson Surgite Award.Both these student-athletes have excelled in the classroom throughout their university careers.
Kniewasser and Brownridge received both the Dallas Beaton Award and David S. Howes Spirit of Brock Athletics Awards.
The Dallas Beaton is named after former Brock men's hockey captain Dallas Beaton because of the dedication he showed towards academics, athletics and the community during his time as a Brock student-athlete. The Spirit of Brock Award is named after David S. Howes, who was committed to Brock University and the community. It is presented to students who best embody the spirit of Sir Isaac Brock – leadership, courage, innovation, inspiration and community service.
The Wally Barrow Memorial Brock Coach of the Year award was awarded to Brock figure skating head coach Katie Dortono. She led her team an OUA silver medal highlighted by five individual golds. She was also named OUA Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season. She has been an instrumental part of building the Brock figure skating program.
The Marilou Iusi Director's Awards, were presented to Dr. Phil Sullivan and Brock University Vice-President of Administration Brian Hutchings for their dedication and commitment to Brock University and the athletics program. This award is named after Marilou Iusi who worked for the department of Athletics and Recreation for 39 Years. Marilou was a tireless worker who cared deeply for the athletes and the people she worked with and Brock University.
The Tom Kearney Athletic Therapy Award was presented to student therapists are Joanna Juszczak, Gabriel Mendonca and Steven Lam.
The 2016-17 Brock Women's Team of the Year was the Brock women's wrestling team who captured their seventh USPORTS National title and 16th OUA title in school history.
The Brock women dominated both the OUA and USPORTS Championships. They had had six USPORTS All-Canadians, eight OUA All-Stars and the team was ranked No. 1 the entire season. Head Coach Marty Calder was named both the OUA and USPORTS Women's Coach of the Year
The 2016-17 Brock Men's Team of the Year was the Brock men's wrestling team who captured their 17th CIS National title and 19th OUA title in school history.
The Brock men dominated both the OUA and USPORTS Championships. They had had eight USPORTS All-Canadians, nine OUA All-Stars and the team was ranked No. 1 the entire season. Head Coach Marty Calder was named both the OUA and USPORTS Men's Coach of the Year.