QMS athletes honoured after successful year of sports

As they prepare to wrap up their time at Queen Margaret’s School, standout Grade 12s Juliet Westlake and Abby Wadsworth were among many athletes celebrated at the annual awards ceremony on May 22.

Westlake, who calls Maple Bay home, was named Senior Athlete of the Year and also collected the badminton MVP and senior volleyball Spirit Award, while Wadsworth, who lives in Duncan, was named Offensive Player of the Year for field hockey and senior MVP for track and field, and took home the Coach’s Award.

Both athletes have been at the school for six years, although Wadsworth’s connection goes back even farther, since she started riding horses there in Grade 3. This is the second year that Westlake, who also took part in field hockey and track and field as well as riding, has been the school’s Senior Athlete of the Year.

“It’s pretty special because I got it two years in a row,” she said. “This school gives you a lot of opportunities, and it means a lot to be recognized for my hard work and work ethic.”

The Coach’s Award presented to Wadsworth honours her positive attitude, sportsmanship, dedication and commitment. Wadsworth is also a rider in addition to being on the field hockey and track teams. It means a lot to her to be recognized in her last year at QMS.

“Sports have been a big part of my life ever since I was young,” she said.

Wadsworth got a taste of the provincial championships in track and field, placing second on the Island in high jump to qualify for the B.C. meet, where she made the top 10. Westlake nearly reached the same level as the QMS volleyball team earned Island bronze and qualified to play in a wildcard tournament for a provincial berth.

As they graduate, both athletes will head to the University of Victoria next year, Westlake studying psychology and Wadsworth P.E., but they agree they will miss the QMS atmosphere.

“After six years, you develop relationships with the teachers, coaches, horses,” Westlake said.

Other major award winners included Kelsea Sebastian, who was named junior volleyball and basketball MVP as well as Junior Athlete of the Year, and Mckaylee Catcher, who took home the senior basketball MVP and Spirit of the Royals awards.

Grade 8 track star Madison Heisterman, who jumped up a level and won gold in the 1500m and silver in the 800m at provincials, was named Junior MVP in track and field and won the Vernon Trophy for her equestrian efforts.

Just Posted

Cowichan Tribes man Adrian Sylvester is worried that he was targetted by a trailer hitch thrown from a vehicle. (Facebook photo)
Cowichan Tribes man worried he was target of trailer hitch

Adrian Sylvester says no one has reported a missing hitch after one nearly hit him

Mariah Segee (centre) was named 2021 Lady of the Lake last Saturday, with Megan Rowbottom (left) as first princess, and Macey Anderson (right) as second princess. (Submitted)
Lady of the Lake returns to Lake Cowichan

Mariah Segee takes the crown in first pageant since 2018

Darren Campbell's truck was stolen when he stopped to check on a car in a ditch (pictured) on Cowichan Bay Road on Monday morning. (Facebook photo)
UPDATE: Cowichan Bay Good Samaritan’s stolen truck recovered

‘Very much appreciated the help from so many people. I hope the very best for all of you’

Threads N Tails owner Lee-Ann Burke’s pet clothing has been featured on the cover of the June/July issue of Pet Connection Magazine. (Submitted)
Lake Cowichan business featured on magazine cover

Lee-Ann Burke hopes the extra publicity will increase sales

North Cowichan’s senior environment specialist Dr. Dave Preikshot (pictured) said there’s a wide spectrum of views on carbon credits. (File photo)
Carbon credits expected to be part of discussions around forest reserve

North Cowichan acknowledges wide range of views on issue

People watch a car burn during a riot following game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup final in downtown Vancouver, B.C., in this June 15, 2011 photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Howe
10 years ago: Where were you during the 2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup Riots?

Smashed-in storefronts, looting, garbage can fires and overturned cars some of the damage remembered today

Annamie Paul, leader of the Green Party of Canada, speaks at a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on June 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Green Leader Annamie Paul facing no-confidence motion from party brass

move follows months of internal strife and the defection of MP Jenica Atwin to the Liberals

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Tulips bloom in front of the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa, Thursday, May 10, 2018. Day two of a full week of scheduled hearings will be heard in Federal Court today on a case involving Indigenous children unnecessarily taken into foster care by what all parties call Canada’s “broken child welfare system.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
AFN slams Ottawa for ‘heartless’ legal challenge of First Nations child compensation

2019 decision awarded $40,000 to each Indigenous child removed before 2006

Ivy was thrown out of a moving vehicle in Kelowna. Her tail was severely injured and will be amputated. (BC SPCA)
Kitten thrown from moving vehicle, needs help: Kelowna SPCA

The seven-week-old kitten had severe tail and femur injuries

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre estimates that less than five per cent of mass-marketing fraud is ever reported.
Tips to avoid scams targeting Vancouver Island seniors

In most cases, fraudsters impersonate an individual, business or agency seniors recognize and trust

Vancouver courthouse. (Photo: Tom Zytaruk)
Man loses bid to appeal conviction for 1999 rape at Abbotsford music festival

James Redden, 53, formerly of Nanaimo, was found guilty in 2019 following six-day trial

A health-care worker holds up a sign signalling she needs more COVID-19 vaccines at the ‘hockey hub’ mass vaccination facility at the CAA Centre during the COVID-19 pandemic in Brampton, Ont., on Friday, June 4, 2021. This NHL-sized hockey rink is one of CanadaÕs largest vaccination centres. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
‘Vaxxed to the max’: Feds launch Ask an Expert campaign to encourage COVID shots

Survey shows that confidence in vaccines has risen this spring

Port Alberni court house (Alberni Valley News)
Inquest set into 2016 death of B.C. teen after a day spent in police custody

18-year-old Jocelyn George died of heart failure in hospital after spending time in jail cell

Most Read