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Quinlan, Kidd receive Danny Paskal Memorial Award

Danny Paskal Memorial Athletic Award

Nicole Quinlan and Aidan Kidd are the recipients of the 19th annual Danny Paskal Memorial Athletic Award at F.P. Walshe school.

F.P. Walshe school history was made Wednesday night when the Danny Paskal Memorial Athletic Award was presented during Blue and White Night.
Grade 12 student Aidan Kidd became the first two-time recipient when he accepted the award from athletic director Craig Patton.
Nicole Quinlan, another multi-sport Grade 12 athlete, was the 2015 female recipient of the award presented to athletes who exemplify the spirit of an F.P. Walshe school student who 19 years ago was killed in a car crash.
“Each recipient has a true love of sports, shows a deep desire to improve, learn new skills and strive to reach the highest level of competency possible,” Patton said. “This year’s recipients are dedicated to a number of sports in and outside of school.”
The award recipients also demonstrate a healthy lifestyle as Paskal did, befitting an athlete, and have been recognized by outside sources for high achievement such as being named to league all-star teams.
“This award is very near and dear to my heart,” Patton said. “I had a chance to teach Danny in the late ’90s . . . this is the 19th year, and I don’t know where those years went.”
Nicole played volleyball and rugby and participated in track and field at F.P. Walshe, and also played senior basketball at Willow Creek Composite when the Flyers didn’t have a team.
“Nicole has had a great year of sport at F.P. Walshe and at Willow Creek Composite,” Patton said.
Nicole played volleyball with the F.P. Walshe Flyers, who won the Westwind league regular season and playoff titles and placed third in the 2A zone finals.
Playing power for the Flyers, Nicole was named to the Westwind league’s all-star team.
When the basketball season rolled around, F.P. Walshe could not muster a team so Nicole, Sam Basset Kalli Bastien and Hayley Grier-Stewart travelled to Claresholm to play for the Willow Creek Cobras.
“I was very proud of Nicole and the other girls for going and playing for another school,” Patton said, noting the Flyers have for several years accepted players from other schools that did not have teams.”
Patton praised Nicole and the other players for putting aside school rivalry and putting in added time for travel in order to play basketball for the Cobras.
Nicole played rugby for F.P. Walshe, being named to the league all-star team and helping lead the Flyers to the south zone championship and a second-place finish at provincials.
“At fly half, perhaps one of the most demanding positions on the field and the team’s kicker she demonstrated great skill and leadership throughout the year,” Patton said. “Although I am sure she and her teammates were disappointed with the end result (at provincials) I know that Nicole carried herself and represented her school and community with class and sportsmanship.”
Nicole also took part in track and field, qualifying at the district meet for the zone championships in several events, and for a time was a competitive swimmer with Fort Macleod Sharks.
Coaches commended Nicole for her dedication and commitment
“Nicole also leads a lifestyle befitting an athlete,” Patton added. “She is a fierce competitor and hard worker both in practice and in games. She is not always satisfied with her own performance and wants to always make improvements to her game. Nicole is a wonderful person and teammate.”
Aidan, who received the Paskal award as a Grade 11 student, played volleyball, basketball and baseball for the Flyers, and took part in track and field.
“Aidan has a passion for sport that is like no other,” Patton said. “He loves every sport and puts his heart and soul into every game he plays. He loves to play sports, talk sports, watch sports, promote sports and organize sports.”
Aidan helped the Flyers win the Westwind Volleyball League regular season and playoff titles, along with the 2A zone championship. The Flyers then went on to win the silver medal at provincials — the best result in school history.
“Aidan was an instrumental part of the senior boys volleyball team,” Patton said. “He had a stretch of four matches in the year where he was the go-to man who ended the match and captured tournament victories.”
The Flyers also got a strong season from Aidan on the basketball court, where he represented F.P. Walshe as a Chinook league first team all-star.
The only sport in which Aidan did not repeat his success of the previous season was in badminton. F.P. Walshe did not have a team due to the tight confines of the small gymnasium in the school’s temporary home.
“Aidan did not have the opportunity to play badminton this year but has qualified for the provincial tournament in the past and I am sure he would have done the same given the opportunity,” Patton said.
On the diamond, Aidan had another strong season with the baseball Flyers, overcoming an early season hand injury.
Aidan played a key role in the provincial tournament, orchestrating a play on the base paths that allowed a teammate to score from third base to give the Flyers a 9-8 win over Oyen in the quarterfinals.
Aidan is also playing for the Fort Macleod Royals American Legion baseball team, and was a multi-discipline competitor for the F.P. Walshe track team, advancing from districts to the zone finals.
Patton noted that Aidan helped referee junior high basketball for the fourth consecutive season, and predicted that at some time after high school he will become a coach or official.
“Aidan is serious about sports and it shows in his everyday life,” Patton said. “He leads a very positive and active lifestyle befitting that of an athlete. Aidan does not accept defeat easily and is always looking for an edge. I have found Aidan to be accepting of any role I give him just as long as he gets to play.”

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