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Black and Gold Athletic Awards

In line with Public Health advice, non-essential Dalhousie University-sanctioned events must be cancelled or postponed at this time, including this year's Black & Gold Athletic Banquet that was scheduled for Thursday, April 2, 2020. Please stay tuned for more information on how we will be celebtraing the 2019-20 varsity season.


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 28, 2019

(Halifax, NS) – At the 65th 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 nine AUS championship titles, nine U SPORTS all-Canadian awards, 27 major AUS and U SPORTS awards, 45 AUS all-stars, four U SPORTS medals and volunteered over 4,000 hours of community service. Matthew Coolen, of the men’s track and field team, earned his second Climo (male athlete of the year) award and volleyball player Courtney Baker was named the Class of ’55 winner (female athlete of the year) for the second-consecutive year. 

A fourth-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 fourth-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 for the second-consecutive season, earning U SPORTS first team all-Canadian honours. The next day, earned a sliver medal in the 60m hurdles. 

Courtney Baker had an outstanding year on the court, leading the Tigers to their seventh-consecutive AUS championship title. Currently in her fourth season with the Tigers, she was named the conference’s most valuable player for the second-straight year and was selected as an AUS first team all-star for the third time. The AUS championship MVP, Baker earned recognition on the national stage as a U SPORTS first team all-Canadian and was selected to the championship all-star team after leading the Tigers to a fourth-place finish.

Complete list of major award winners:

Team Most Valuable Player Awards:

Basketball Cross Country


Soccer Swimming Track & Field Volleyball
Robertha Charles Michelle Reddy Fabiana Petricca Maya Venkataraman Isabel Sarty Maya Reynolds Courtney Baker
Cedric Sanogo James Cromack Connor Hicks/Reilly Pickard Ben Grondin Alec Karlsen Matthew Coolen Graham Schmuland


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

Volunteer Awards:
Ann Johnsen, Swimming
Kieshia Mills, Swimming
Tony Eden, Men’s Hockey
Mike Bawol, Track & Field 

Trainers of the Year:
Claire Reardon, Women’s Basketball
Emily Boulding, Women’s Volleyball 

Rookies of the Year:
(M) Christian Payne, Swimming
(W) Reagan Crowell, Swimming 

Coach of the Year: Rick Scott, Women’s Volleyball 

President’s Award for academics, athletics, leadership and community service:
(M) Tyler Immel-Herron, Swimming
(W) Diedre Alexander, Basketball 

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

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