by John Austen
Sommer Christie, an All-Canadian scrum half with the Concordia womens
rugby team, was honoured for her commitment to excellence in sport by
Women In Networking (WIN) late last month.
The inaugural Women of Sport Awards were presented to outstanding candidates
who have been innovative, daring and challenged ideas while encouraging
women to participate, lead and report in sports.
Christie, 23, was a force to be reckoned with during every game and practice.
In 10 games this season, the Stinger captain scored 18 tries. She was
also named a CIS All-Canadian, the QSSF MVP and a QSSF all-star for her
The 23-year-old athletic therapy major is also a member of the Canadian
senior national womens rugby team and was captain of the Canadian
national under-23 team.
Christie is a leader off the field, devoting many hours to working with
children. Her focus is on developing leadership and self-esteem through
sports. She will graduate with a BSc this term and will likely pursue
her studies in sports administration or sports psychology.
Women In Networkings mission is to improve and highlight the professional
careers of women in the entertainment field and related industries through
regular networking events.
Aiken named All-Canadian
Another Concordia Stinger football player has received accolades for his
work. Fifth-year safety and team captain David Aiken was named to the
first CIS All-Canadian team late last month in Toronto.
In eight regular season games, Aiken had 29 solo tackles, five assisted
tackles, 11 pass breakups and four interceptions. He was also named to
the QIFC all-star team for the second consecutive year.
The finance major joins a long line of Stingers to reach All-Canadian
status, including: Burke Dales, punter, 2001; Steve Jobin, guard, 2000;
Dwayne Bromfield, linebacker, 1998; Jeff Anderson, defensive tackle, 1997;
and Dave Miller-Johnston, punter, 1997.
Aiken was also a finalist for the Russ Jackson Award presented annually
to the football player who best combines athletics, academics and citizenship.
Neill, Perrotte take honours
A pair of Concordia basketball players took recent Athlete of the Week
honours. Patrick Perrotte of the mens team and Jennifer Neill of
the womens squad were the recipients of the awards.
Perrotte, a native of Verdun, collected 23 points and six rebounds in
Concordias 73-67 loss to the McGill Redmen in recent action. The
rookie forward sank seven of 11 field goals and went nine for 12 at the
line. He accounted for 34.3 per cent of the Stingers scoring. Perrotte
is a first-year leisure sciences major.
Neill, a fifth-year forward, scored 12 points and picked up six rebounds
in Concordias narrow 49-47 win over the McGill Martlets last Friday.
She was the Stingers leading scorer. According to team coaches,
the captain also helped the team stay calm and focused in the game, which
was tense from beginning to end.
The LaSalle native is a marketing major.