The Robyn Muir Award recognizes an athlete who is an inspiration to athletes and coaches.
They don’t just do it off the playing field, but on.
Cam Gunning was that to the Pen High Lakers volleyball, basketball, golf and tennis teams he played on.
During the banquet in late May, as the winner was being described, that’s what it hit Gunning that he was the recipient.
“It was kind of surreal,” said Gunning. “It was awesome.”
Knowing the person Muir was and her parents, Gunning said “it was awesome to get that award in honour of her.”
Being the recipient of the award wasn’t something that crossed Gunning’s mind, though he has received other Laker awards in the past as he either won himself or shared top male athlete awards in Grades 9 through 11.
He has never thought what he has done is special compared to others.
“The inspirational aspect of it didn’t really cross my mind,” said Gunning.
Playing for four teams while keeping up with a touch academic schedule kept Gunning busy as he will pursue engineering at the University of Victoria.
The highlights of his Lakers career includes provincial appearances in volleyball and golf this season.
“It was such a cool experience. Having so many good golfers in one spot,” he said. “I have never really, most of the guys on my team are golfers and they go to tournaments. This was kind of the only golf that I do competitively. It was awesome to go there and see so many good golfers.”
Other athletes were also given the Kevin Wager Award, Stiopu and Ewart Award. Hannah Clarke and Samuel Lasinski won the Wager award for Grade 9 to 11 athletes that are coachable, display a positive attitude to teammates and show passion and dedication to their sport.
Payton Nackoney was given the Stiopu Award for demonstrating sportsmanship, ability and leadership towards others and being dedicated to improve her skills as an athlete.
Anika Holowaty, Ella Pasin and Nykaila Wheeler earned the Ewart Award as they demonstrated sportsmanship, leadership, and dedication on behalf of others.
Top Grade Athletes – These awards are given to athletes considered to be the top overall for their grade and are often multi-sport individuals who achieve high levels at all their chosen sport(s).
Grade 9 female athlete: Brooklyn Boerner and Kali Loewen. Grade 9 male athlete: Ross Millar. Grade 10 female athlete: Chloe Brydon and Britney Young. Grade 10 male athlete: Daniel Everton and David Paisley. Grade 11 female athlete: Lyndzie Caron and Celine Francisco. Grade 11 male athlete: Nicholas Everton and Jacob Stokker. Grade 12 female athlete: Annmarie Lang-Hodge. Grade 12 male athlete: Cameron Gunning, Kieran Loewen and Jordan Simpson.
Major Athletic Awards
Lakers Athletic Medals – These are handed out to athletes in recognition of their contributions and participation towards sports at Pen-High. The medals are awarded based on a point system involving the number of teams and sports an athlete participates on.
Bronze Medal Recipients:
Mark Anthony Haley Berrisford Bjorn Borren
Chloe Brydon Hannah Clarke Sam Clarke
Alyk Coombes Jayden Doell Eric Doroshuk
Ashley Evanoff Spencer Finlayson Celine Francisco
Matthew Haukaas Brayden Jones Taylor Kanke
Dante Kilian Ashley Kiss Tayedra Koppe
Kobe Loewen Liam McHale Dylan Moorman
Payton Nackoney Xavier Nadeau Wynn Nordlund
David Paisley Ella Pasin Grayson Perrier
Jollee Perrier Emma Schneider Kendall Singleton Cameron Speirs Ali Vandermey Riley Wall Mackenzie Wallich Jacob Weaver Jerry Xiang Britney Young Matt Young
Silver Medal Recipients:
Nathan Bendig Sydney Clarke Jackson Coates
Jaimy Coates Nicholas Everton Josh Gowe
Jean Grakul Keaton Hauschild Mitchell Head Joshua Holland Honor Hollman Annmarie Lang-Hodge Kieran Loewen Alex Neenan
Lakers Inspirational Award – These awards are given to grade 9 – 11 athletes who demonstrate sportsmanship, motivation, and leadership towards others both on and off the “playing field”, and who also volunteers their time to assist teammates, coaches and other athletes.
Kayley Davies, Mackenzie Dunham and Alexis Walker
Liam McHale, Kenzie Tarbet, Montgomery Tebbutt and Mackenzie Wallich
Jayden Doell and Jean Grakul