Well, another year of varsity competition has wound down and we have just celebrated the year that was with our athletic banquet.  A number of honours were presented, including our individual team rookie of the year and MVP awards, our OCAA and CCAA All-Academics, and our major awards; the Female and Male Athletes of the Year and the Team of the Year.  The highlight of the night, though, had to be just getting all the athletes and coaches that represented Algonquin so well this year dressed up and under one roof!

We greatly appreciate the effort each and every one of them contributed to the Thunder cause this season and we are already chomping at the bit to get 2016-17 underway!  Continue reading below to learn who all the award winners were this year and see below to watch our end-of-year video.

Team Awards

Women’s Soccer:  Becky Leese – Rookie of the Year, Melissa Harrison – MVP

Men’s Soccer:  Marco Natoli – Rookie of the Year, Alex Asmis – MVP

Women’s Rugby:  Maureen Foran – Rookie, Kathleen DeJesus-Gauthier – MVP

Men’s Rugby:  Brent Buckley – Rookie of the Year, John Shaw – MVP

Women’s Volleyball:  Bree Scheerhoorn – Rookie, Julianna Tebrake – MVP

Men’s Volleyball:  Stephen Patterson – Rookie of the Year, Gareth Luke – MVP

Women’s Basketball:  Jeylinh Bui – Rookie of the Year, Amoney Abakar – MVP

Men’s Basketball:  Devin Wilkinson – Rookie of the Year, Murphy Beya – MVP
OCAA All-Academics

Algonquin is proud to announce that we have 21 athletes that were announced as OCAA All-Academics this year.  These awards are presented to full-time varsity student-athletes that meet honours standards (that is a minimum 3.6 term GPA) during the Fall semester.  Congratulations to the following students…

Amoney Abakar, Alex Asmis, Andrew Baker, Jenna Blackburn, Kathleen DeJesus-Gauthier, Katie Flansbury, Maureen Foran, Sebastien Gilles, Rebekkah Hall, Hilary Lalonde, Melissa Marleau, Haleigh McKenzie, Samantha Neveu, Jonah Nieman, Laura Prapavessis, Allison Querat, Serah Rounds-Zavitz, Melissa Scissons, Julianna Tebrake, Sam Wilson, Hu

CCAA Academic All-Canadians

The Thunder also boast three CCAA Academic All-Canadians this year!  This award is the CCAA’s most prestigious student-athlete honour, epitomizing both organizations’ commitment to academic success and athletic achievement.  Honourees must attain academic honours at their institution and be named to their member conference All-Star Team (first or second) in soccer, volleyball, or basketball. This year’s winners are Amoney Abakar, Alex Asmis, and Julianna Tebrake.  Well done!

Female Athlete of the Year – Sylvie Avedissian

Our Female Athlete of the Year is soccer’s Sylvie Avedissian!  Sylvie is one of her team’s veteran leaders and was named a CCAA All-Canadian this year as well.  Her coach, Dom Oliveri, describes her contributions to the team this way…

“Sylvie has become not only our most valuable midfielder, but also one of our most valuable players. Sylvie is one of our team leaders, is a model for dependability, behavior, discipline, and effort in training. She is well liked and respected by her teammates, and is the kind of player and person that any coach or College would be pleased to be associated with.”

 Male Athlete of the Year – Alex Asmis

Our Male Athlete of the Year is soccer’s Alex Asmis!  Alex was also named as an OCAA All-Academic and his team’s MVP.  His coach, Mike Gagliano, describes Alex’s impact this way…

“Alex continues to grow as a player and had his most dominant season yet of his college career this past year. Being named assistant-captain this year, he helped lead the team both emotionally and physically through the ebbs and flows of the season. His work rate, ball winning prowess and ability to cover ground make him an invaluable member of the team.”

 Team of the Year – Men’s Soccer

Completing soccer’s sweep of our big 3 awards, Men’s Soccer was named as the Team of the Year for the Thunder.  They completed the regular season 7-0-3, finishing as the OCAA East Division champs and continuing on to be named the Best Defensive Team in the OCAA East and winning OCAA silver and CCAA bronze.

The Thunder are very proud of all our athletes and coaches and what they have accomplished this year. Preparations now begin for the 2016-17 season and our pursuit of further athletic glory for Algonquin!




The 2015–16 Thunder Varsity schedules have been updated and posted under their respective links.

For more details about the OCAA Regular Season schedules, please visit the OCAA webpage.

For more information regarding Varsity athletics, please contact Ian Campbell, Athletics Communication and Events.


CCAA - Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association

OCAA - Ontario Collegiate Athletic Association



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