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Rugby star Ghislaine Landry and volleyball standout Catherine Thornton shared female athlete of the year honours at St. University, while basketball great Christian “T Bear” Upshaw won male athlete of the year billing.
Landry, for the fourth consecutive year, won top female honours, joining former basketball great Theresa MacCuish as the only players to claim four female athlete of the year awards at St.
Landry is a fourth year human kinetics student from Toronto. She is a four time AUS most valuable player and was named a CIS first team All Canadian each year at St.
Landry graduates from X as the all time leading scorer in the AUS with 352 points and is the career leader in tries with 70. She will play with Team Canada in the World University Rugby 7’s this summer.
Thornton is a third year Arts student from Kobe, Japan.
Thornton led the X Women to their first ever AUS regular season top standing and a berth in the AUS final.
She earned AUS most valuable player honours in 2009 2010 and was a first team all star. The CIS first team All Canadian is the first X Women volleyball player to be named St. female athlete of the year.
Upshaw, a fourth year student from Halifax, captured his second consecutive male athlete of the year award.
The X guard was the most valuable player in the AUS for the second consecutive year and a first team All Canadian.
He was also a member of Team Canada at the 2009 World University Games.
Wayne Carter was honoured as the recipient of the St. athletics X Ceptional Award. The award recognizes an individual who goes above and beyond their volunteer responsibilities and contributes in a positive manner to St. athletics.
Carter, originally from Queensport, currently resides in Monastery.
The popular Carter, who has been a member of the St. facilities cleaning staff at the Oland Centre for more than a decade, was given a standing ovation when announced as the award winner.
Director of Athletics Leo MacPherson said Carter is a familiar face to student, athletes, coaches and staff.
“Wayne is a good friend to everyone and always goes about his daily routine on the night shift with a smile on his face,” MacPherson said.
“He takes great pride in his work as it relates to the well being of the St. teams and athletes.”
Volleyball coach Michelle Aucoin said the announcement of Carter as the recipient of the X Ceptional award was a highlight of the evening.
“There were so many tears of happiness shed around out tables,” Aucoin said.
“Wayne is certainly a fixture in the OC and someone that most of the athletes know and love. He goes above and beyond the call of duty to help people and he takes great pride in his work.”
Aucoin said Carter treats the Oland Centre facility like he would his own home.
“Most importantly,” she said, “Wayne does it all with a smile on his face.”
Aucoin said Carter genuinely cares about each and every person he encounters in the facility.
“Wayne is a huge supporter of St. athletics and is certainly more than deserving of this award,” she said.
An emotional Carter said he had no idea that he would be honoured at the event.
“This is beyond my wildest dreams,” he said.
“I was honoured to be asked to come to such a nice event let alone get an award. I’m really in shock. This will always be etched in my mind.”
Carter said he’s happy to be able to interact with the athletes on a daily basis.
“They’re so dear to me and so good to me,” he commented.
“I can’t really see me leaving here (retiring), but I will next year. I’ll be back though to help out.”