Virtual Spartan Awards Show honours the accomplishments of outstanding Trinity Western Spartan athletes

The Trinity Western University Spartans handed out their annual awards in a virtual Spartan Awards Show on April 18, 2021. Three Spartan student-athletes were honoured with the most prestigious award of the night – the Complete Champion Award – during the Sunday evening event. 

Men's hockey forward Jarrett Fontaine (Humboldt, Sask.), women's volleyball outside Hilary Howe (Calgary) and women's cross country and track and field middle distance runner Jen Kits (Langley) were honoured with the Complete Champion Award. 

The evening-capping Complete Champion Awards are given to senior student-athletes who are "outstanding in athletic achievements, who advance to the edge of their abilities both academically and personally, and who also demonstrate leadership and a desire to grow spiritually."

This year's Bahta Melles Awards for servant leadership went to former women's basketball student-athlete Grace Guderyan (Calgary), who was an assistant coach and therapist with her team this year, as well as second-year women's rugby athlete Tausani Levale (Abbotsford, B.C.).

The Spartans Scholar Athlete Award went to fifth-year women's soccer defender Kristen Sakaki (Surrey, B.C.) and fifth-year men's hockey defenceman Kenny Batke (Vernon, B.C.).

The Murray Hall Leadership Legacy Awards went to fourth-year women's soccer defender Aliya Coy (Calgary) and second-year men's hockey goalie Isaac Labelle (Saskatoon). 

The School of Business Spartan Athlete of the Year Awards also went to Sakaki and fifth-year men's soccer defender Caleb Johnson (Strathmore, Alta.).

The School of Human Kinetics Spartan Athlete of the Year Awards went to fourth-year men's volleyball setter Derek Epp (Saskatoon) and fourth-year women's soccer forward Kathryn Harvey (Coquitlam, B.C.).

The Athletic Trainers Room Senior Therapist of the Year Award went to Grace Guderyan, who worked with the women's basketball team. The Junior Therapist of the Year Awards went to Cole Beeksma, who worked with the women's soccer team, and Courtney Pearce, who was with the women's and men's rugby teams. 

The Andrew Heming Shield (Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year Award) went to third-year women's cross country and track and field middle distance runner Jouen Chang (Langley, B.C.). The Female Strength & Conditioning Athlete of the Year Award was given to third-year women's volleyball middle Mikayla Benterud (Sherwood Park, Alta.) while the Male Strength & Conditioning Athlete of the Year Award went to third-year men's rugby hooker Scott Bowers (New Westminster, B.C.).

The Strength & Conditioning Team of the Year Award was handed out to the women's basketball team for the second year in a row.

The Spartans also honoured their graduating seniors on Saturday April 17, 2021.
See also: this story in the Langley Advance Times.

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