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Jamie Brown is college’s female athlete of the year

A Fort Macleod athlete is Lethbridge College’s Female Athlete of the Year.

Jamie Brown and track athlete Cooper Williams were named the Tim Tollestrup Leadership Student-Athletes of the Year Thursday during the annual KODI Awards.

The awards capped a strong season for Kodiaks athletics that saw every Kodiaks team compete for their respective conference championships.

Kodiaks athletics and recreation services director Todd Caughlin, who was also raised in Fort Macleod, said overall the season was a great success.

“To have every team compete for a championship is something that not every college can say happens, and I believe it is a first for the Kodiaks,” Caughlin said.

“The dedication, determination and resilience that every coach and student-athlete committed to this first full year back to competition showed, and I could not be prouder.”

The three pillars of Kodiaks Athletics — academic accountability, athletic excellence, and the student-athlete experience — steered the voting on all awards.

Awards are selected by members of the Kodiaks athletics administration team and factor in the results of a public vote that had 615 participants, setting a new KODIs record.

An F.P. Walshe school grad in her fifth season with the Kodiaks where she is studying Exercise Science, Jamie Brown finished her collegiate career strong.

The five foot 11 Brown played in 19 matches, recording 216 kills, 186 digs and 244 points.

Brown was named an All-Conference outside hitter and Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Player of the Year.

Brown was also named a Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) Academic All-Canadian and CCAA All-Canadian.

Brown also played a big role in her team’s historic run during the ACAC championships, where they attained the highest finish in team history by placing fourth.

The women’s volleyball team was also honoured for the best comeback, rallying from being down 2-0 in the ACAC quarterfinals to defeat the nationally ranked No. 6 team, the Kings University Eagles, in a five-set thriller.

Williams earned the award after an impressive year earning All-Conference Team honours for both cross-country and indoor track.

Williams was a big factor in his team winning bronze at cross-country championships and gold at indoor track championships and is a CCAA Academic All-Canadian.

The men’s indoor track team was named the Val and Flora Matteotti Kodiaks Team of the Year, capping a year that saw them break school and ACAC records, collect gold medals and bring home the ACAC championships banner.

Jamie Brown and Cooper Williams received Tim Tollestrup Leadership Student-Athletes of the Year awards Thursday at Lethbridge College.

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