RELEASE — RMC’s best varsity athletes were honoured on Thursday at the Varsity Awards night. Dale Towe (Caledon, Ont.) of the men’s volleyball team was named the Male Athlete of the Year, while, for the first time ever, two athletes will share the honour of Female Athlete of Year: Kara Stephan (Barrie, Ont.) of the women’s volleyball team and Claudia Rusu (Toronto, Ont.) of the women’s soccer team.
Rusu was named an OUA East First Team All-Star for her tremendous play as the Paladins keeper, making a league-leading 135 saves this year. Also named RMC’s top third year athlete, Rusu stopped all three penalty kicks she faced during the 2018-19 season en route to sharing the honour of the Kelly Gawne Memorial Cup.
Stephan was an OUA East First Team All-Star for the second consecutive season, ending her fourth year with the Paladins as the program’s all-time leader in points (991), kills (806), and aces (131). Also named the top fourth year athlete at RMC for 2018-19, Stephan was consistently among the OUA top five in points per set, kills per set, and digs per set. Stephan was also the Kelly Gawne Memorial Cup recipient last year.
Towe claimed the Tommy Smart Cup and title of RMC’s Male Athlete of the Year as an OUA East Second Team All-Star for the third year in a row. With 885.5 points and 773 kills, Towe set program records in both categories with one year of eligibility remaining. After being chosen as the captain of his team for three consecutive seasons, Towe was named the top team captain for 2018-19.
Every year since 1912, the top all round graduating varsity athlete at RMC earns the HRH Prince of Wales Cup for excelling in athletics as well as all four pillars at the College (Military, Academics, Bilingualism, and Physical Fitness) during their four years. The 2018-19 recipient is David Savery (Angus, Ont.) of the men’s hockey team, who was the team captain and a top defenceman for the Paladins in his fourth year. Training to be a pilot, Savery has been an exemplary cadet, even representing Canada this year at the Annual International Cadets’ Conference in Japan. In addition to his time spent on hockey and his military duties, Savery has excelled in his Honours Economics & Business Administration courses and passed his bilingual requirement.
Joining Towe from men’s volleyball, Travis Verbeek (Smithers, B.C.) earned the Matthew Dawe Memorial Cup, which is awarded annually to an outstanding ROTP varsity athlete, in any year, who excels in all aspects of College life.
This year, RMC also handed out two Outstanding Athlete Awards, which are given out on a case-by-case basis for exceptional performances at the provincial, national, or international level during the current academic year. For making Canada’s U20 rugby team and competing with them in Europe, Glenn Butler (Grimsby, Ont.) of the men’s rugby team earned of the awards for 2018-19 in addition to top first year honours. Garrett Whelan (Grandora, Sask.) of the fencing team also earned one of the awards for winning silver in men’s senior sabre at the 2019 Ontario Fencing Association provincial championships.
After winning the 2019 Carr-Harris Cup, Savery’s men’s hockey team won the RMC Team of the Year Award for the second consecutive year. Second-year forward Cameron Lamport (Newmarket, Ont.), who ended the year on a 10-game point-streak, was named the top second year.
Also honoured at this year’s varsity award ceremony were the 2019 induction class onto the RMC Athletics Wall of Distinction. This year’s inductees are Steve Molaski (Hockey), Nathalie Birgentzlen (Taekwondo), Alan Markewicz (Pistol Shooting), and Doug Smith (Football Coach).
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The complete list of 2018-19 RMC Varsity Award Winners can be found below:
Tommy Smart Cup: Dale Towe (men’s volleyball)
HRH Prince of Wales Cup: David Savery (men’s hockey)
Captain Matthew Dawe Memorial Cup: Travis Verbeek (men’s volleyball)
Kelly Gawne Memorial Cup: Claudia Rusu (women’s soccer) and Kara Stephan (women’s volleyball)
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Outstanding Athlete Award: Glenn Butler (men’s rugby)
Outstanding Athlete Award: Garrett Whelan (fencing)
Top 1st year: Glenn Butler (men’s rugby)
Top 2nd year: Cameron Lamport (men’s hockey)
Top 3rd year: Claudia Rusu (women’s soccer)
Top 4th year: Kara Stephan (women’s volleyball)
Fair Play Award: Aromi Adebayo (men’s soccer)
Top Team Captain: Dale Towe (men’s volleyball)
Team of the Year: Men’s Hockey
Commandant’s Athletic Achievement Awards:
Captain Eddie O’Handley (men’s volleyball assistant coach)
Major Marie-Christine Alamy (fencing military chair)
U SPORTS Academic All-Canadians (2017-18):
Men’s hockey: Bennett Huber, Matthew Muller, David Savery
Men’s soccer: Liam Chambers, Taylor Curran, William Gagnon, Thomas Jung
Women’s soccer: Samantha Doma, Michelle Evans
Men’s volleyball: Dale Towe, Sean Wolfe
Women’s volleyball: Andrea Banks, Lauryne Mvuezolo
OUA Academic Awards (2017-18):
Fencing: Ayla Chase, Alexandra Horeczy
Men’s rugby: Alberto Di Candia, Brett Diamond, Ian Plante-Signal
Garrett Whelan (fencing)
Glenn Butler (men’s rugby)
Claudia Rusu (women’s soccer)
Dale Towe (men’s volleyball)
Kara Stephan (women’s volleyball)
Fencing: Haley Saulnier and Garrett Whelan
Men’s hockey: Cameron Lamport
Men’s rugby: Glenn Butler
Men’s soccer: Simon Leslie
Women’s soccer: Claudia Rusu
Men’s volleyball: Dale Towe
Women’s volleyball: Kara Stephan
Team TDV Awards:
Fencing: Roxanne Cormier and Dan Ortega
Men’s hockey: Torin O’Brien
Men’s rugby: Nathan Torrie
Men’s soccer: Brenton Cameron
Women’s soccer: Kaylee Carlisle
Men’s volleyball: Travis Verbeek
Women’s volleyball: Andrea Banks
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— RMC Paladins CMR (@RMCPaladins) March 29, 2019
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Photos: Reuben Polansky | RMC
Top photo: Kara Stephan (Kelly Gawne Memorial Cup) and Dale Towe (Tommy Smart Cup): RMC