(WINDSOR, ON) – The best athletes in Windsor and Essex County gathered last night at the Caboto Club for the 12th annual WESPY Awards. The evening featured keynote speaker, and Windsor native, Joel Quenneville.
Thirty-four individuals, and one team, walked away from the event as WESPY winners, speaking to the abundance of sports talent in this area.
“To make it to this night. To make it to the final three, is an accomplishment in itself,” said WESPY Awards founder Dominic Papa. “It’s a very competitive sports community and you should all be proud of that.”
University of Windsor multi-sport threat Krystin Lawrence was named the Female Athlete of the Year. Her male counterpart was ironman triathlete Lionel Sanders, of Harrow, who captured his second straight honour.
The Captain’s Award, presented in honour of former Windsor Spitfire Mickey Renaud, went to Logan Holmes of the Windsor Clippers. And the repeat OFSAA Champion Herman Green Griffins football team took home the Team of the Year recognition.
Quenneville took some time to credit being able to stay in the Windsor area for the success he’s had at the professional level.
“Playing here in Windsor at home with the Spitfires, was a privilege,” he said. “I have no regrets. I have been very fortunate along the way.”
WESPY AWARD WINNERS
- Hockey Award: Mike DiPietro (male) and Savannah Bouzide (female)
- Gino Fracas Football Award: Tarrance Crawford
- Basketball Award: Alex Campbell (male) and Shannon Kennedy (female)
- Soccer Award: Stefan Milidrag (male) and Abby Hunt (female)
- Baseball Award: Joel Pierce
- Softball Award: Alexa Georgiou
- Volleyball Award: Brady Gyemi (male) and Shannon Dean (female)
- Dennis Fairall Track and Field Award: Corey Bellemore (male) and Stef Smith (female)
- Parasport Award: Corbin Watson (male) and Virginia McLachlan (female)
- Wrestling Award: Hassan Al-Hayawi (male) and Olivia Menard (female)
- Golf Award: Curtis Hughes (male) and Jasmine Ly (female)
- Figure skating Award: Kristen Moerchen
- John Ferguson Circle of Seven Horseman Award: Ron Adams
- Swimming Award: Ethan Fazekas (male) and Rachel rode (female)
- Courage and Determination Award: Rob Alderman
- Coach of the Year: Brett Lumley
- The John DeNapoli Sports Community Service Award: Paul Carter
- Ken Dryden Executive of the Year: Dan DeMarco
- Female Athlete of the Year: Krystin Lawrence
- Male Athlete of the Year: Lionel Sanders
- Mickey Renaud Captain’s Award: Logan Holmes
- Team of the Year: Herman Green Griffins football team
- Female Volunteer of the Year: Kathy Guenette
- Male Volunteer of the Year: Tim Hamilton
- Female Legacy Award: Joan Jakubo
- Male Legacy Award: Leo Paul Bracken