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 (female and male awards)
Coach of the Year Award
Most Valuable Performer Award (one per team)
Volunteer Award
Manager of the Year Award
Trainer of the Year Award
Sandy Young Award (For great contribution to Nova Scotia sports)

March 29, 2017

(Halifax, NS) – At the 63rd 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 seven AUS championship titles, seven U SPORTS all-Canadian awards, 37 major AUS and U SPORTS awards, 62 AUS all-stars, three U SPORTS medals and volunteered over 2,000 hours of community service. Kashrell Lawrence, of the men’s basketball team, earned his first Climo (male athlete of the year) award and swimmer Phoebe Lenderyou was named the Class of ’55 winner (female athlete of the year) for the second-consecutive season.

A fifth-year forward with the men’s basketball team, Kashrell Lawrence had a remarkable season with the Tigers, leading them to their third consecutive AUS championship title and a third place finish at the U SPORTS championship. A U SPORTS championship all-star, Lawrence was also an AUS first team all-star and AUS championship all-star.  He also received both the conference and national men’s basketball community service awards.

Phoebe Lenderyou had an outstanding year in the pool, leading the Tigers to an 11th place finish at the U SPORTS championships. In her third season with the Tigers, Lenderyou earned a bronze medal in the 100m backstroke, in addition to two fourth-place finishes (50m and 200m backstroke) at the U SPORTS championships. A two-time AUS female swimmer of the year, she won all 19 conference events she entered this season, including six gold medals at the AUS championships.

Complete list of major award winners:

Team Most Valuable Player Awards:

Basketball Cross Country


Soccer Swimming Track & Field Volleyball
Shalyn Field Colleen Wilson Lisa Maclean Amanda Bowles Phoebe Lenderyou Sarah Myatt Marisa Mota
Kashrell Lawrence Will Russell Wes Herrett Freddy Bekkers Gavin Dyke Mike Van Der Poel Kristen O'Brien


Manager of the Year:
Katie Webster, Swimming

Volunteer Award:
Evan Bezanson, Cross Country

Trainers of the Year:
Brett Armstrong, Women’s Volleyball
Lauren Johnston, Swimming/Track & Field

Rookies of the Year:
(M) Alec Karlsen, Swimming
(W) Maya Reynolds, Track & Field and Robertha Charles, Basketball

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

President’s Award for academics, athletics, leadership and community service:
(M) Jonathan Doucett, Soccer
(W) Abby Czenze, Volleyball

Climo Award - Male Athlete of the Year:
Kashrell Lawrence, Basketball

Class of ’55 Award - Female Athlete of the Year:
Phoebe Lenderyou, Swimming