Wei and Keith lead QMS athletic award winners

Connie Wei was named Senior Athlete of the Year and fellow graduate Kassidy Keith was named Most Valuable Rider for the third year in a row.

Connie Wei was named Queen Margaret’s School’s Senior Athlete of the Year and MVP for badminton, while fellow graduate Kassidy Keith was named the QMS equestrian team’s Most Valuable Rider for the third year in a row.

The awards banquet at Duncan Meadows Golf Course featured an address by guest speaker Mandy Marchak, who retired from the Canadian national women’s rugby team in May after appearances in three World Cups and two Sevens World Cups.

“One of the exciting aspects of QMS athletics is that our students continuously endeavour to reach their full potential,” senior athletics director Marlene Donaldson said. “Our guest speaker Mandy Marchak is one of the world’s best female rugby players and is a tangible example of how commitment and hard work can help you not only attain your personal goals, but establish a pathway to learn valuable life lessons in the process. The lessons our youth learn in sports are invaluable, and ones they will carry with them always.”

The Junior Athlete of the Year was Viviana Quesada Jimenez, and the Midget Athlete of the Year was Paola Sanabria Ruiz.

Three other students went home from the ceremony with multiple awards, including Muskaan Rai, who was named Most Improved Player in midget volleyball, and received the Spirit Award for badminton and the midget P.E. Award; Kelly Deng, who was named Most Improved Player in senior volleyball and MVP in junior basketball and received the Coaches Award; and Maiya Modeste, who claimed the Spirit Award for soccer and the coveted Spirit of the Royals Award.