It should come as no surprise that Concordias fittest female athlete
is also its best.
Lisa-Marie Breton of the womens hockey team was named Female
Athlete of the Year at the universitys Athletic Awards banquet,
held April 6 at Buffet Crystal in St. Laurent. The Stinger captain was
also named as the Fittest Female Athlete for the third straight year.
Mathieu Garston, a back with the mens rugby team, was named
Male Athlete of the Year.
Breton, 23, has been a big part of the womens hockey teams
success over the last four seasons.
Lisa-Marie is a real workhorse. Shes the heart and soul of
our team, said Stingers coach Les Lawton. She brings a real
energy to the rink.
Shes as fit and as good as anybody Ive ever coached,
Lawton continued. This is someone who deserves all the accolades.
Breton, a native of St. Zacharie and a fourth-year Sociology major, was
the leading scorer on the Stingers and in the QSSF with eight goals and
six assists in just six games. She was a QSSF all-star and a CIAU All-Canadian.
She has been a member of the Quebec provincial team for the last three
years, and last August was invited to her first national team training
Garston, a 27-year-old from Quebec City, was instrumental in helping the
Stingers win their second straight QSSF mens rugby championship
and winning a hard-fought playoff series with the New Brunswick university
champions. The team MVP led the Stingers in scoring with 37 points in
six regular-season games. Garston, who won the Dr. Robert J. Brodrick
Award for his efforts, is working on a second degree in TESL (Teaching
English as a Second Language).
As a back and the teams kicker, he was the leading offensive leader,
but he was also a key player on defence, barely missing a tackle all season.
He was named QSSF athlete of the week on two occasions and was named to
the QSSF all-star team the last three years. Last fall, he also won a
league championship with the club team, the St. Lambert Locks.
Candace Patterson, of the womens rugby team, was awarded
the Denise Beaudet Award for leadership, unselfishness and commitment.
The fourth-year Human Relations student from Baie dUrfe is a three-time
Quebec conference all-star. She also earned All-Canadian honours last
The Ron Lapointe Award, presented to the graduating male athlete who best
demonstrated leadership and commitment to excellence, went to Anthony
Brown, of the football team. The fifth-year running back had a 3.76
(out of 4.3) grade-point average in Linguistics and is a member of the
School of Community and Public Affairs.
Other major award winners include Ricky Martin, football, Fittest Male
Athlete; Christian Giguère, football, Male Rookie of the Year;
Kathleen Grzybowski, soccer, Laurie Brodrick Award for Female Rookie of
the Year. The female and Male Academic Athlete of the Year awards went
to Tamara Medwidsky, an MBA student and an accomplished wrestler; and
Frank Pons, a PhD student who plays soccer.
The team MVPs are Nick Cirino, baseball; Réal Kitieu, mens
basketball; Paul Braganza, cross-country; Loan Duong, football; Karl Castonguay,
mens hockey; Mathieu Garston, mens rugby; Xavier Renard, mens
soccer; Marc Nisbet, mens track; Jason Chen, mens wrestling;
Marie-Pier Veilleux, womens basketball; Lisa-Marie Breton, womens
hockey; Lauren Arner, womens rugby; Jo-Anne Belair, womens
soccer; Crissy McPhee, swimming; Lucie Pierre-Louis, track and field;
and Tamara Medwidsky, womens wrestling.
And congratulations to Randy Phillips, who has won the 2001 Concordia-McGill
Media Award for outstanding coverage of intercollegiate sports at the
two universities. This is the seventh time in the past 11 years that he
has won the award. He also previously won the Canadian Interuniversity
Athletic Union National Media Award.
Concordia University Sports
Hall of Fame
Seven individuals and one team
will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at a ceremony on April 26. Congratulations
to them all!
Paul Vajda (Economics
Algis Grazys (Loyola
Basketball, football, hockey
Doug Yeats (BEng 85)
Corinne Swirsky (BSc
Trevor Kerr (SGW BComm
Gordon LeRiche (SGW
Father Patrick G. Malone,
Loyola College Warriors
Mens Basketball Team