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Confederation College Recognizes Athletic Achievements

April 3, 2019
Community News
Campus: All campuses
Athletes of the year

THUNDER BAY, ON, April 2, 2019 – The Student Union of Confederation College Inc. (SUCCI) hosted its Annual Thunderhawks Athletic Awards Banquet on Tuesday evening. The banquet recognized the accomplishments of local and regional athletes and coaches. 

Jamie Sabourin, captain of the Thunderhawks Women’s Hockey Team, was crowned this year’s Female Athlete of the Year. Thunder Bay’s Sabourin is graduating from the Indigenous Governance program after previously earning her diploma from the Aboriginal Community Advocacy program.  Sabourin has demonstrated her true athletic spirit, enthusiasm and dedication for athletics with her commitment to the Women’s Hockey program for three years.  Coach Pete Plummer has been impressed by Sabourin’s performance all season. “Jamie brought new meaning to dedication, sportsmanship and loyalty to the hockey program,” he said.

Thunderhawks Men’s Indoor Soccer player Kieran Ezzard was presented with this year’s Male Athlete of the Year award. Ezzard is a local athlete who is completing his first year in the Electrical Engineering Technology program. “Kieran displays strong leadership and maturity both on and off the field and is dedicating to improving his skills,” Coach Frank Fabiano said. “He also helps his peers to be better while providing them with the knowledge to succeed.”

Varsity Athletic and Sport Team MVPs were awarded to:

Cameron Zappitelli          Golf

Kendall Ryan                      Women’s Indoor Soccer

Andrea Mollicola              Men’s Indoor Soccer

Marissa Lavoie                  Cross Country Running

Faith Hebert                       Mixed Curling

Kurtwood McGuire         Men’s Curling

Jacie Indian                         Women’s Hockey

Ontario Colleges Athletic Association’s All-Academic Awards are given to students who achieve honour roll status in the semester of their sport, and were presented to Marissa Lavoie, Seam Cameron, Joshua Kitt and Suraj Sethumandhavan.

Amelia Stockermans, who is graduating from the Aviation Flight Management program, was chosen as this year’s D.A.R. Bradshaw Athletic Achievement Award recipient. This award is presented to a graduating student who demonstrated the most improvement and whose quality of spirit and competitive drive contributed to the overall success of the College athletic program. Stockermans has been a member of the Thunderhawks Women’s Indoor Soccer team for the past two years and is this year’s team co-captain.

Appreciation was also presented to Tbaytel for their ongoing, generous sponsorship of the Thunderhawks Athletics program.

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Confederation College has been serving the citizens of northwestern Ontario since 1967 meeting the educational needs of students in a catchment area of some 550,000 square kilometres. Along with its main campus in Thunder Bay, Confederation College has eight regional sites located in Dryden, Fort Frances, Geraldton, Kenora, Marathon, Sioux Lookout, Red Lake and Wawa. 

Confederation College delivers exceptional education and training to an average of 6,500 combined full- and part-time students per year and currently has a total of 850 full- and part-time employees. Confederation’s regional economic impact and contribution is valued at $643.4 million annually.

For more information, please contact:

Susan Tucker, Administrator, Campus Recreation & Athletics, SUCCI – Student Union of Confederation College Inc.

Ph: (807) 475-6481, Cell: (807) 624-7498, E-mail:  


Vince Ponka, Media & Communications Officer

Ph: (807) 475-6137, Cell: (807) 620-0043, E-mail: