A pair of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation student-athletes were honoured on Monday night, as Golden Bears sprinter Austin Cole, and Pandas hockey forward Alex Poznikoff were named the 2019 UAlberta Athletes of the Year.
Cole, in his third season with the Golden Bears Track team, was awarded the Wilson Challenge Trophy as the 2018/19 Male Athlete of the Year, while Poznikoff earned the Bakewell Trophy as the Female Athlete of the Year.
Cole earned three Canada West gold medals and three total U SPORTS medals in 2018/19, and was named both the Canada West and U SPORTS Male Track Athlete of the Year. He earned Canada West golds in the 300 metre dash, and the 4x200m and 4x400m relays, while breaking the conference record in the 300m dash.
He also set a new U SPORTS record in the 300m’s at the national tournament with a time of 32.89, which is also a U23 Canadian record, and the 7th fastest 300m time in the world in 2019. Cole is the first Bears Track athlete since Murray Heber in 2001 to win the Wilson Challenge Trophy.
Poznikoff lead the Pandas hockey team to their record 13th Canada West Championship in March, and was named both the Canada West and U SPORTS Player of the Year.
Her 37 points in 27 games set a new career-high for the fourth-year forward, and was the highest point total in the nation this season. This is the ninth time a Pandas Hockey player has earned the Bakewell Trophy, and the second time in three years (Lindsey Post – 2017).
Other Green and Gold winners include: Katie Mulkay (Pandas Wrestling) as the Female Rookie of the Year, Jonathan Rosery (Golden Bears Football) as the Male Rookie of the Year, and Dan Basterash (Pandas Hockey) and Amanda St. Laurent (Pandas Curling) as the co-recipients of the R.G. Glassford Award in coaching.
Mulkay earned silver medals at both the Canada West and U SPORTS Championships in the 63 kg weight class, and was named both the conference and national Rookie of the Year. Across all competitions, the Education student earned three silver medals and one bronze medal. She is only the second-ever Pandas wrestler to win this award.
Rosery was sensational for the Bears football team in his freshman season, finishing third in Canada West with 612 rushing yards in just seven games. His 6.6 yards per attempt were the second-most in the conference, with his 98.8 all-purpose yards per game the most among conference rookies.
The Edmonton product is the first football player to win Male Rookie of the Year since Hugh O’Neill in 2008.
Jayne Isherwood (Pandas Rugby) and Riley Kieser (Golden Bears Hockey) received the Block ‘A’ Ring for their superior demonstration of exceptional contribution to university sport in the areas of athletics, academics, community support, and leadership.
The R.G. Glassford Award went to two Pandas coaches, who have made significant contributions to their respective programs.
Dan Basterash has been involved with the Pandas Hockey program for over 13 years, primarily as their lead recruiter and junior player developer. He served as an assistant coach for six seasons, helping the Pandas capture their 12th Canada West Championship and eighth U SPORTS Championship. He was instrumental in the creation of the Edmonton Female Athletic Club Pandas program, and a committee member with Hockey Alberta.
Amanda St. Laurent has coached the U21 Pandas Curling team for seven years, helping produce World Junior Champions, Universiade Games Champions, and countless conference and national title teams. Teams she has coached have won four Alberta and Canadian Junior titles in seven years, as well as three U SPORTS Champions. She has also spent considerable time with the prospects program and the Green and Gold Athlete Academy.