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 – Mitch Goodwin (Basketball)
Goodwin was consistently a key piece on a men’s basketball team that posted its best season record since joining CIS. He led his team in field goals made (94) and finished second in total points for the season (253). The fourth year guard also started all twenty Canada West games for his team, playing the second most minutes in the 2015/16 campaign (543).
In his fourth season Mitch led the Heat to the most wins in a Canada West season (8). He finished strong scoring in double digits in the last nine regular season games.
Graduating Player of the Year – Harrison Shrimpton (Soccer)
Harrison Shrimpton played nearly every minute of his team’s twelve games in his final season with them. The Heat defender was an integral part of the team’s defensive strategy, as he has been for each of his five seasons. Team captain for the last three seasons he never missed a match in his career that began in September of 2011 and saw him don the blue and gold of the Heat in 64 total matches. 60 regualr season and four in the postseason, he was a member of the Bronze medal team in 2011 and was captain of the squad that transitioned to the Canada West conference from the PACWEST. Shrimpton led that first year squad in the extremely difficult Canada West Pacific Division on an amazing run to a postseason berth in their inaugural season.
Rookie of the Year – Eli Risso (Volleyball)
The freshman libero played in 23 of 24 matches this season. Over those 23 matches, he played in 84 sets. Throughout those 84 sets, he had the fewest reception errors in the whole of the CIS (46) putting him at the top of the ladder at his position. Risso also finished with the third most digs (219) and the eighth most digs per set (2.61), cementing himself as one of the best first year players in the country.