HOWATSON EARNS CANADA WEST PLAYER OF YEAR AWARD

“To have my name mentioned as one of the top student-athletes in the country is something that I have never even dreamed of; it is something that I never anticipated would occur during my athletic career and until only recently something that I never thought myself capable of. The opportunity to represent TWU at the BLG Awards, on a national stage, is something that I am extremely honored to be able to do,” said Howatson on learning that he was the Canada West nominee. “TWU has provided me with the opportunity to further my education, athletics and faith in an environment that is extremely supportive, and I can only hope that I will be an adequate ambassador for the values that TWU Athletics stands for.”

The nomination furthers Josh's impressive array of individual and team awards garnered over the past two seasons. During this time he has won the CIS men's volleyball player of the year award, the CIS Dale Iwanozcko community service award, was named CIS men's volleyball first team all-Canadian, CIS men's volleyball championship tournament all-star, Canada West men's volleyball player of the year, won a CIS national championship gold medal and a Canada West championship gold medal in addition to representing his country as a member of Canada's senior national team.

“Josh has been our team's greatest asset this season. He is a top tier setter whose athleticism is evident on almost every play he makes. What makes Josh's accomplishments even more tremendous is that Josh is truly a great person and is willing to do what it takes for the team to perform at their best.” – Ron Pike, TWU Men's Volleyball Head Coach.

Howatson is the second TWU athlete to earn the Canada West male athlete of the year award. He follows in the footsteps of former teammate Chris Meehan who represented Canada West last year at the BLG Awards.

The BLG Award winners will be announced at a ceremony on Monday, April 30th, 2007, at 7:30 p.m. (Mountain Standard Time) at the Jack Singer Concert Hall in Calgary, and will be broadcast on TSN on May 20, at 11 a.m. (Eastern Time). Each of the two Award winners will receive a $10,000 post-graduate scholarship.

The other three male finalists are University of Windsor football player Daryl Stephenson of London, Ont., Concordia University football player Patrick Donovan of Laconia, N.H., and Dalhousie University volleyball player Jeff Weiler of Scarborough, Ont.

The female nominees for the 2007 BLG Award (Jim Thompson Trophy) and CIS athlete-of-the-year honours are University of Calgary track and field athlete Jessica Zelinka of London, Ont., University of Montreal swimmer Audrey Lacroix of Pont-Rouge, Que., Queen's University soccer player Eilish McConville of Ottawa, and Dalhousie University soccer player and track sprinter Leanne Huck of Hatchet Lake, N.S.

“Canadian Interuniversity Sport is grateful to the support and efforts of Borden Ladner Gervais in recognizing the best in Canadian university athletics,” commented CIS President, Dick White. “This event will be a highlight in the exceptional careers of these eight outstanding student athletes. On behalf of the CIS I'd like to congratulate each of them on an extraordinary season.”

Former BLG Award winners include two-time Olympic gold medalist Kim St-Pierre (McGill, hockey), three-time Olympic bronze medalist Curtis Myden (Calgary, swimming), Olympians Brian Johns (UBC, swimming), Elizabeth Warden (Toronto, swimming) and Foy Williams (Toronto, track & field), former CFL star Don Blair (Calgary, football), Hamilton Tiger-Cat running back Jesse Lumsden (McMaster, football) and five-time CIS men's basketball champion Osvaldo Jeanty (Carleton).

The BLG Awards

The BLG Awards were established in 1993 to recognize the top male and female athletes from universities affiliated with Canadian Interuniversity Sport.

The BLG Awards are based on athletic accomplishments, outstanding sportsmanship and leadership. Each of 51 CIS schools selects one male and one female athlete of the year. From these nominees, one male and one female athlete are chosen within each of the four regional associations: Atlantic, Canada West, Ontario, and Quebec. To be eligible, a student athlete must have competed in a CIS sport for two years, and cannot be a previous recipient of a BLG Award.

Nominees receive a commemorative gold ring, and winners are presented with a trophy and a $10,000 scholarship to attend a Canadian University graduate school. Winners are selected by the Canadian Athletic Foundation, a not-for-profit Board established for the purpose of administering the BLG Awards and protecting the integrity of the selection process. The CAF Board of Trustees consists of 24 members from seven Canadian cities representing 19 major corporations from across the country who are committed to ensuring that Canadian University athletes receive the recognition they deserve.

The BLG Awards are thrilled to welcome country music star George Canyon as this year's entertainer. Canyon recently won his second Juno Award for Country Recording of the Year and his second major label album, Somebody Wrote Love, continues to re-establish his hold on country fans. The debut single of the same name flew up the Canadian country charts, moving from #102 to #25 in just its second week of release. For more information, visit www.georgecanyon.com

Over the years, the BLG Awards have received strong support from the Calgary business community. This year's sponsors are: TSN, WestJet, Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire, The Calgary Herald, The Calgary Sun, Rhino Print Solutions and Intergold..

About Trinity Western University

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 4,000 students this year. With a broad based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 38 major areas of study ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 13 other graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.

About Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

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About Canadian Interuniversity Sport

Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. 51 universities, 10,000 student-athletes and 550 coaches vie for 19 national championships in 11 different sports. CIS also provides high performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, and numerous world university championships. For all the CIS news and info, visit: www.universitysport.ca

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Last Updated: 2007-10-11
Author: Erin Mussolum