Jessica Anderegg and Thomas Rose were named Athletes of the Year by the Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) athletic department.
The KPU Eagles celebrated its 14th season of PACWEST (Pacific Western Athletic Conference) competition with its annual awards night last week at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel, naming Surrey residents Anderegg and Rose as recipients of the President’s Outstanding Athlete Awards.
Anderegg, a defender with the KPU women’s soccer team, completed her third season of PACWEST competition by helping the Eagles qualify for the provincial championships while being selected a first-team all-star.
Rose was also an all-star while placing fifth in the PACWEST, and qualifying of the national championships.
Both athletes were also named the Most Valuable Players (MVP) of their respective teams. Other MVP award winners included Bradley Low (men’s badminton), Veronica Young (women’s badminton), Matt Cooley of North Delta (men’s basketball), Shilpa Khanna of Surrey (women’s basketball), and Nawaf Binsaleh (men’s soccer).
The women’s basketball squad was the KPU Team Award for the highest grade point average (GPA) at 3.01 in the fall semester.
A pair of basketball players each won a Charter Bus Lines Varsity Athletic Academic Award for the highest GPA in their first year at KPU. Amelia Worrell had the highest GPA among female athletes, while Nick Smith was tops among the males.
Smith, a first-year forward with a GPA better than 3.67, also received the Shewfelt Family Endowed Award for Athletics for demonstrating leadership on the court and in the classroom.
Third-year midfielder Rachel Gledstone of Surrey was presented with the Mary & Pius McEachern Memorial Award, which goes to a member of the KPU Eagles women’s soccer team for “loyalty, persistence, and hard work.”
The Patrick Dooley Memorial Award, in memory of the 16 year-old high school basketball player who passed away suddenly in 2008, went to North Delta’s Spencer Maichin. The award is presented to a returning player on the men’s basketball team who demonstrates leadership on and off the court.