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Black and Gold Athletic Awards

Dalhousie University recognizes the Tigers incredible individual and team accomplishments at the annual Athletic Awards Banquet. Awards are presented to student-athletes and team support staff for outstanding performances on and off the field of play. Each year athletes and team support staff at Dalhousie University make significant contributions and sacrifices for their sport, making this annual celebration of achievement part of the Tigers legacy.

Awards presented annually include:
Class of ’55 Award (Dalhousie’s Female Athlete of the Year)
Climo Award (Dalhousie’s Male Athlete of the Year)
President’s Award
Rookies of the Year (Dalhousie's Female and Male awards)
Coach of the Year
Most Valuable Performer Award (one per team)
Volunteer Award
Manager of the Year
Trainer of the Year
AJ Sandy Young Award (For great contribution to Nova Scotia sports)

March 29, 2018

(Halifax, NS) – At the 64th Annual Black and Gold Athletic Awards Banquet this evening, Dalhousie University’s Department of Athletics recognized inspirational athletes, committed coaches and incredible volunteers. 

This season, Dalhousie celebrated eight AUS championship titles, five U SPORTS all-Canadian awards, 38 major AUS and U SPORTS awards, 56 AUS all-stars, one U SPORTS medal and volunteered over 4,000 hours of community service. Matthew Coolen, of the men’s track and field team, earned his first Climo (male athlete of the year) award and volleyball player Courtney Baker was named the Class of ’55 winner (female athlete of the year). 

A third-year sprinter on the men’s track and field team, Matthew Coolen had a tremendous season on the track. An AUS all-star for the third-straight year, Coolen won two gold and one silver at the AUS championships. Two weeks later, he went on to win the 60m event on day one of the U SPORTS championships, earning U SPORTS first team all-Canadian honours. The next day, he narrowly missed the podium in the 60m hurdles, crossing the line in fourth, just 0.01 seconds behind third. 

Courtney Baker had an outstanding year on the court, leading the Tigers to their sixth-consecutive AUS championship title. In just her third season with the Tigers, she was named the conference’s most valuable player and was selected as an AUS first team all-star for the second-straight year. She led the AUS in assists per set and was fourth in the country. An AUS championship all-star, Baker earned recognition on the national stage as a U SPORTS first team all-Canadian.

Complete list of major award winners:

Team Most Valuable Player Awards:

Basketball Cross Country


Soccer Swimming Track & Field Volleyball
Robethera Charles Savanna Jordan Lisa MacLean Taylor Goodwin Isabel Sarty Lorena Heubach Courtney Baker
Sven Stammberger Cal DeWolfe Corbin Boes Freddy Bekkers Alec Karlsen Matthew Coolen Matthew Donovan


Manager of the Year: Andrea Plato, Men’s Basketball 

Volunteer Awards:
Larry Cass, Men’s Soccer
Barrie Woodworth, Swimming
Beate Hartlen, Volleyball 

Trainers of the Year:
Declan O’Brien, Men’s Soccer
Lori Ellis, Men’s Basketball 

Rookies of the Year:
(M) Hudson Grimshaw-Surette, Track & Field
(W) Savanna Jordan, Cross Country
(W) Kate Fines, Soccer
(W) Isabel Sarty, Swimming
(W) Julie Moore, Volleyball 

Coach of the Year:
Rich Lehman, Men’s & Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field 

President’s Award for academics, athletics, leadership and community service:
(M) Sven Stammberger, Basketball
(W) Mieke DuMont, Volleyball 

Climo Award - Male Athlete of the Year:
Matthew Coolen, Track & Field

Class of ’55 Award - Female Athlete of the Year:
Courtney Baker, Volleyball