DOERKSEN NAMED ATHLETE OF THE YEAR BY SPORT BC

JAcob Doerksen - Sport BC Athlete of the Year

MEN’S BASKETBALL (SPORT BC)
THURSDAY, APRIL 01, 2010
UNIVERSITY ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DOERKSEN NAMED ATHLETE OF THE YEAR BY SPORT BC

LANGLEY, British Columbia
– Last night at the Sport BC 44th annual Athlete of the Year Awards Ceremony Trinity Western University's Jacob Doerksen of Abbotsford, B.C. was named the Sport BC University Athlete of the Year. Doerksen, a fourth year forward with the Spartans men’s basketball team, beat out fellow university athlete's; wrestler Arjun Bhuller of Simon Frasers University and swimmer Callum Ng of the University of British Columbia for the prestigious award. The ceremony, which was presented by Telus was held at the River Rock Show Theatre in Richmond, B.C.

After the ceremony Doerksen commented on his winning the award. “I really did not think that I was going to win. This award shows the work that our entire team did all season, they are the one of the main reasons that I am receiving this award.”

“Jacob is one of our leaders and one of the best players in the country. It is great to see him get recognized for the work that he is putting into his game and his team,” commented TWU head coach Scott Allen.

Jacob Doerksen earned the honour as a result of his stellar 2008-09 season when he led the Spartans men’s basketball team to their best season and a Canada West bronze medal. During the season Doerksen was the only player in the CIS to average more than 20 points and 10 rebounds per game. He was also ranked in the top ten in Canada West in eight different statistical categories. At conclusion of the season, Doerksen was named Canada West men’s basketball Player of the Year and CIS men’s basketball Player of the Year as well as earning Canada West first team All-Star and CIS All-Canadian honours. Doerksen also spent the summer of 2009 as a member of the Canadian FISU men’s basketball team.

Doerksen becomes only the second person to win the Athlete of the Year award as high school student, while attending Rick Hanson Secondary, and as a university student. The only previous athlete to achieve the honour was Rosalyn Hicks, who won as a University of British Columbia soccer player in 2003 and as a high school student at Argyle Secondary in 1997.

Trinity Western University has now won back to back Sport BC University Athlete of the Year awards, with women’s soccer player Nikki Wright earning the award in 2008.

TWU student Athletes who have won Sport BC Athlete of the Year awards include:
Nikki Wright – 2008 university Athlete of the Year
Calvin Westbrook – 2006 high school Athlete of the Year
Jacob Doerksen – 2005 high school Athlete of the Year
Jodi Schaufele – 2002 high school Athlete of the Year

Doerksen showed his sense of humour when he acknowledged TWU assistant coach Ron Walker, who also has a fun loving nature. “I would thank Ron for recruiting me. Without his determination and his knowledge I wouldn’t be where I am today.

About Athlete of the Year Awards presented by TELUS:
Sport BC’s Athlete of the Year Awards is the longest-standing sport recognition event in the country. Awards in 17 different categories are given each year to athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers based on their performance and contribution to sport in the province, with the introduction of 2 new awards in 2010 to celebrate the achievements of BC’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes. The awards play a valuable role in nurturing athletic success and recognizing some of BC’s growing talents. For a list of previous award winners and for further information on the 44th Annual Athlete of the Year Awards presented by TELUS, please visit www.sport.bc.ca.

About Sport BC:
Sport BC believes everyone is an athlete– whatever their sport, whatever their level. Our passion for sport is a passion for building strong, healthy communities by giving everyone in BC the opportunity to be the athletes they are. We are the engine driving amateur sport in BC, inspiring participation and supporting its activation through the 65 Provincial Sport Organizations who bring sport to life in BC.  For more information, please visit sportbc.com

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 41 major areas of study ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 17 other graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership. For more information, visit TWU's Official Athletics site at gospartans.ca.

About Canadian Interuniversity Sport:
Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. Fifty-two universities, 10,000 student-athletes and 550 coaches vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. The CIS also provides high performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, and 32 World University Championships. For further information, visit www.universitysport.ca.

About CWUAA
"Canada West is consistently the most decorated of the four conferences in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), winning at least 10 CIS national titles every year since 1997-98. Comprised of 14 schools, from Manitoba to B.C., the CWUAA produces numerous major award winners and Academic All-Canadian student-athletes each year, with many going on to athletic success around the globe in events such as the Olympics or Universiade Games."

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Last Updated: 2010-04-01
Author: Scott Stewart