Winners of the major sports awards at Belmont secondary gather for a photo after the school handed out its hardware at a ceremony last week.

Top Belmont student athletes honoured for accomplishments

West Shore students combined sports and academics well this year

From first-year high schoolers to graduating seniors, Belmont student athletes were recognized last week at the school’s annual athletic department banquet.

The official part of the evening kicked off with marathon swimmer and Belmont alumnus Rob Dyke giving an inspirational talk, focusing on accomplishments that include becoming the first person to swim around Vancouver Island.

Top overall athlete awards were presented to male and female Bulldogs at all four levels, led by Grade 12 girls Cassy Allen and Frelen Gorst and boys Jack Wenstob and Edgar Nelson. Top Grade 11s were Luke Baloran and Jess Thomsen, Grade 10 winners were Mitchell Whittla and Brea Christie and Grade 9 boys co-winners were Lucas Gage and Nathaniel Blondeau.

Gorst also won the top scholar-athlete award and was one of a group of students who maintained an ‘A’ average in all of their courses while playing for a minimum of two Belmont sports teams. The others were Christie, Thomsen, Baloran, Briar Mayoh,  Christine Malone, Claire Church,  Claire Joyce and Miranda Llewellyn.

Awarded the sportsmanship trophies were senior boys Ryan Backhouse and Keaton Clarke, Llewellyn for senior girls, Mayoh for junior girls and Jason Song for junior boys.

The Lloyd Powell Service Award was shared by Lindsay Hargreaves and Claire Church.

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