7th Annual WESPY Awards a Slam Dunk!
Friday April 20th, 2012
Posted at 12:51pm
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The 7th Annual WESPY Awards Banquet took place last night at the Caboto Club of Windsor to recognize and celebrate local athletes around the community. With the lights dimmed, and lovely dinner music from a local singer, the mood was set and everyone in attendance was sitting with anticipation, ready to commence the ceremony.
The event began with Major John Hodgins paying tribute to the local military troops, followed by a “thank you” to the sponsors of the ceremony. AM800s Kathie McMann hosted the show and began to call out the awards. The full list of winners can be found below.
Midway through the award ceremony, WESPY Keynote Speaker Christian Laettner went up to the podium, and spoke to the athletes in attendance. He talked about different topics, even sharing some humorous anecdotes from his past to the crowd’s enjoyment. The speech was mainly about one thing: the importance of sports in life.
“You’re gonna fail on the athletic field, just like in life. But you’re also gonna have successes. On the athletic field, you’ll have to work hard for success, just like in life. You’re gonna need dedication, commitment, perseverance on the athletic field, and you’re gonna need that in life. You’re gonna be embarrassed on the athletic field. It’s about how you recover from embarrassment.”
Laettner continued with 2 points for the young athletes:
“Don’t specify into one sport until 15 or 16 years old.” With that point, he compared how volleyball spikes are the same jumps for a slam dunk in basketball. He also explained that running for a full soccer game will build endurance and agility on the basketball court. Lastly, baseball will help hand-eye coordination.
His second point was to actively pursue the best coach, as he did (with the help of his parents) in high school, and again in university. He thanked his coaches for the lessons they taught, and the ones he learned.
To conclude, Christian Laettner added, “Give back to the community: you have to remember where you came from. Don’t ever forget about the WESPYs, don’t ever forget about Windsor.”
The night continued with more awards being presented, such as the swimming awards, the soccer awards and female and male athlete of the year. Kathie McMann and Angelo Aversa thanked the crowd and bid everyone farewell until next year. Athletes, families, coaches and other guests chatted with others as the sports community came together once again.
WESPY Award Winners:
Female Athlete with Disabilities – Virginia McLachlan, Windsor Legion Track & Field Club
Male Athlete with Disabilities – Mike LaRochelle, Windsor Bulldogs Disabled Sports Club
Female Fastball – Melissa Bowyer, St. Clair Saints/Windsor Lady Expos
Male Baseball – Brett Siddall, Holy Names Catholic High School/Windsor Jr. Selects
Female Boxing – Mary Spencer, Windsor Amateur Boxing Club
Male Boxing – Samir Adnan El-Mais, Border City Boxing Club
Female Basketball – Jessica Clémencon, Windsor Lancers
Male Basketball – Isaac Kuon, Windsor Lancers
Male Football – Austin Kennedy, Windsor Lancers
Female Golf – Laura DeMarco, Essex Golf & Country Club
Male Golf – Bryce Evon, Roseland Golf Course
Coach of the Year – Chantal Vallee, Windsor Lancers
Mickey Renaud Captain’s Award – Emily Abbott, Windsor Lancers
Ed Jovanovski Female Hockey – Kayla Raniwsky, Southwest Wildcats
Ed Jovanovski Male Hockey – Ryan Ellis, Windsor Spitfires
John Ferguson Circle of Seven Horseman of the Year – Ashley Nostadt
Female Soccer – Bojana Kovacevic, Caboto Club
Male Soccer – Mike Pio, Holy Names Catholic High School/Windsor Lancers/Windsor Hellenic
Female Swimming – Kylie Masse, Windsor Essex Swim Team
Male Swimming – Aaron Rodé, Windsor Essex Swim Team
Female Track & Field – Noelle Montcalm, Windsor Lancers
Male Track & Field – Brandon McBride, W.F. Herman Secondary School
Team of the Year – Windsor Lancers Women’s Basketball
Female Volleyball – Alee Brecka, St. Clair College
Male Volleyball – Kyle Williamson, Windsor Lancers
Female Wrestling – Josée Tremblay, l’Essor Wrestling Club
Male Wrestling – Noel Tremblay, l’Essor Wrestling Club
Female Knobby Knudsen Volunteer of the Year – Betty Gagnon, Sun Parlour Female Hockey, WMHA
Male Knobby Knudsen Volunteer of the Year – Scott Holland, Leamington Flyers Hockey Club
Female Athlete of the Year – Jessica Clémencon, Windsor Lancers
Male Athlete of the Year – Ryan Ellis, Windsor Spitfires
Sports Executive of the Year – Gord Grace, University of Windsor
Female Legacy Award – Cherie Martin
Male Legacy Award – Bob Weepers, St. Clair College