Sisters claim top honours at QMS athletic awards banquet

Sisters Mckaylee Catcher and Kelsea Sebastian took home two of the top prizes from Queen Margaret’s School’s athletic awards banquet last month.

Catcher was named the school’s Senior Athlete of the Year, while Sebastian was picked as the Junior Athlete of the Year. Catcher also took home the senior basketball MVP award.

Catcher was one of several QMS athletes who won multiple awards on the evening. She was joined by Emma Wadsworth, who took home the offensive player of the year honour for field hockey and was named the most improved player in field hockey, Antonia Spiteri, who claimed the Spirit of the Royals Award and was named senior volleyball MVP, Madison Heisterman, who

was named cross-country MVP and received the Dunlop Trophy for progress in riding in Grades 9-10 (shared with Echo Long), and

Aki Yakamoto, who was named defensive player of the year for soccer and won the junior PE award.

Other major award winners included Winter Koyote (midget PE award), Camila Delgado (senior PE award), Leah Kreigler (Vernon Trophy for Grades 7-8 riding), Lillian Jiang (Burton Cup for Grades 11-12 riding), Fernanda Molina Perez Diez (midget athlete of the year), and Alexis Elliott (Coaches Award for sportsmanship and dedication). Sports Captain Awards went to Gabrielle Austin, Rashi Bishnoi, Crystal Leung, Sayak Kashiwa and Connie Wei.

“I am proud of our athletes’ accomplishments,” Queen Margaret’s head of school Wilma Jamieson said. “As Canadian Olympic rower Theresa Luke shared with our students at the banquet, being actively engaged in athletics teaches us determination and enflames our courage to try new things to broaden our world view. These are valuable life lessons any young person can take forward with them into the future.”