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Jamie Brown named Kodiaks most outstanding player

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Jamie Brown was named Most Outstanding Player of the Lethbridge College Kodiaks women’s volleyball team for the second year in a row.

Jamie Brown is the most outstanding player on the Lethbridge College Kodiaks women’s volleyball team for the second year in a row.
The awards were announced on-line with the COVID-19 pandemic preventing people gathering for a ceremony.
“It has been an amazing year for the Kodiaks — one of the best ever,” Kodis host Paul Kingsmith said.
Among the accomplishments were one national championship, three Alberta College Athletics Conference championships and more than 60 national and provincial honours.
“I couldn’t be prouder to be a Kodiak,” Kodiaks athletics manager Todd Caughlin said in a news release. “Across the board, our teams and student-athletes achieved extraordinary results this year.”
“We thought it was important that they still get recognized with some sort of awards ceremony, and we want them all to know how proud we are of them.”
The award on Wednesday had special meaning for Brown as she made the shift to left side from setter, the position where she received her first most outstanding player award.
“I had to adjust my entire game over a period of about 12 hours and still be a key player for my team. Receiving this award for the second year in a row for a different position is extremely rewarding and the recognition for my hard work will push me to be even better next time I get to step on the court.”
“I was very proud of my own performance this season as well as my team’s overall performance.”
Brown was also a finalist for the Tim Tollestrup Leadership female student-Athlete of the Year award, which was won by Christine Moser who played soccer, futsal and indoor track.
The 21-year-old Brown was captain of the women’s volleyball team for the 2019-’20 Alberta Colleges Athletic Association season.
“When I first heard that I was a finalist for Athlete of the Year I was initially shocked. Every Kodiak athlete works hard year-round and is deserving of this award so it was an honour to be nominated for an award of this caliber. However, playing the game itself makes all the blood, sweat and tears worth it at the end of the day.”
Brown’s leadership style has evolved based on what her club coach called “serious fun.”
Brown said her leadership style reflects the “serious fun” motto in that she loves having a good laugh at practice and being goofy to make the team laugh.
“However, at the end of the day our goal is to win games and be as successful in the season as we possibly can. This means that when it’s time to perform, we have to put the goofiness into our back pockets and focus on the game and what we need to do to be successful.”
Brown, an F.P. Walshe school Class of 2017 grad, earned the Kodiaks Newcomer of the Year award in her first season, and last year was selected her team’s most outstanding player.
The Kodiaks won nine and lost 15 matches in Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference play this season, placing fourth in south division standings. Last year the Kodiaks were sixth with four wins and 20 losses.
“We went through a lot of ups and downs this season,” Brown said. “We were a very young team this year which is a huge obstacle because even though there’s only one or two years of experience separating us from the top teams in the nation, that experience shows on the court so we have to work that much harder to keep up.”
The Kodiaks ended on a high note, winning seven of their last 10 games to technically earn a playoffs only to be bumped by tournament host Medicine Hat College Rattlers.
“Although we didn’t officially make it to provincials, the second half of the season was a major confidence boost for the team and we are set up to have an amazing season next year.”
Brown recorded 390 attacks this season, up from 172 last year, along with 133 kills, up from 74 last year.
Brown also had 179 digs, which matched last season’s total, and 186 points, up from 124 last year.
Brown has a diploma in Natural Resource Compliance and is enrolled in the Bachelor of Applied Science Conservation Enforcement program.
Brown will return to Lethbridge College in the fall to work on her degree.
She has high hopes for the up-coming season, seeing potential in the Kodiaks to make a showing at provincials.
“Being a part of the Kodiak family is indescribable,” Brown said. “The relationships that all of the athletes have made with each other and the support that the different teams have for each other is the most warming feeling.”
“It makes me extremely proud to be a part of such an amazing family and have the opportunity to represent my community.”