KELOWNA, B.C. – The eighth annual Athletics Awards Banquet took place at the Coast Capri Hotel Tuesday night and four distinguished male athletes were the recipients of this year’s headline awards in the streamlined ceremony format that was debuted at last year’s banquet.
For a complete list of this year’s nominees and detailed descriptions for each award, see the banquet preview. For a list of all award winners and those otherwise recognized at the banquet, see the recap of the big night.
Most Outstanding Athlete of the Year – Katie Wuttunee (Volleyball)
Wuttunee was dominant at the net for the Heat all season, and played a significant role in putting the Heat in a position to win a national medal in Brandon. She finished the season with 181 kills and 78 total blocks. Her .345 hitting percentage was also the fifth best in the country this year.
The graduating middle was also named a Canada West All-Star, a CIS All-Canadian, a CIS National Tournament Player of the Match, and a CIS National Tournament All-Star this season.
Student Athlete of the Year – Carolyn Lee (Golf) and Katy Klomps (Volleyball)
The Victoria, B.C. native was recognized for his impressive achievements in both the classroom and the gym. Bornemann is a second year student of the Applied Sciences, a field in which he continues to succeed. The sophomore outside hitter was named a CIS Academic All-Canadian on top of receiving the Student Athlete of the Year Award.
Graduating Player of the Year – Kailin Jones and Chandler Proch (Volleyball)
Both of these women volleyball players graduated from Kelowna Secondary in 2010 and the pair have been entwined their entire career at UBC Okanagan [Video] and it is fitting they win the graduating player of the year award together.
Consummate teammates and both committed to the program Proch and Jones both Red Shirted a year and did their practicum as a student trainer with the Heat women’s volleyball team. Jones a Libero ended her career playing her best match, during the national bronze medal win the Kailin was named player of the match. Proch, sharing the starting setter role, and excelled in that role, leading the team to the first ever CIS national medal and trip to a CIS national championships.
Rookie of the Year – Joella Koblischke (Soccer)
The highly touted signee from Lake Country’s George Elliot did not disappoint in her first season. The freshmen keeper earned the starting job out of training camp and consistently kept the Heat in matches all season long. Koblischke won her first ever start with a shutout in Canada West competition. Shutting the doors on the road in a (1-0) win over Winnipeg early in September of 2015.
Very coachable and playing beyond her years Joella started 13 matches in the year and playing nearly 1000 minutes and recorded 67 saves, with 1 shutout.