Colin Streckmann and Robyn Buna named SFU Athletes of the Year.
Buna, Streckmann named SFU Athletes of the Year
April 8, 2010
SFU’s athletics department has named senior Clan student-athletes Robyn Buna and Colin Streckmann as the 2010 Lorne Davies Female and Male Athletes of the Year.
Buna, a kinesiology major and guard on the women’s basketball team, finished off her Simon Fraser career in style, winning her third Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) national championship in four seasons and earning the 2010 CIS Nan Copp Player of the Year award. Buna was also named the CIS’ Most Valuable Player at the 2010 National Championships—she helped guide the Clan to a 77-56 win over the Windsor Lancers in the final. Track and field’s Jessica Smith and wrestling’s Stacie Anaka were also nominated in the same category. Buna was also named the Clan’s top scholar athlete with a grade point average of 4.19, and earned the Lorne Davies Senior Graduate award for her outstanding performance over four years at the university, a stretch that included three CIS National Championships.
In his final season with the Clan, Streckmann had a spectacular campaign in 2009, lifting the Clan to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Final Four for the second time in three seasons. SFU posted 20 wins on the year; their best total in 20 seasons, and Streckmann was named both the NAIA and the Association of Independent Institutions Player of the Year, and a first team NAIA All-American. Wrestling’s Arjan Bhullar and basketball’s Sean Burke were also nominated in the same category.
Other 2010 Clan award winners included track and field’s Jane Channell, who received the newly renamed Bernd Dittrich Hero Amongst Us award, women’s soccer’s Cassie Newbrook, who received the Rick Jones Memorial Award for Courage, men’s soccer’s Helge Neumann, who won the Bill DeVries award for outstanding academic and athletic achievement, track and field’s Heather Mancell, who won the Senior Director’s Award. The women’s basketball team earned the President’s award.
The Bernd Dittrich Hero Amongst Us award was renamed in honour of the former Clan starting quarterback who passed away in November at the age of 21. Channell, Dittrich’s girlfriend, and a junior on the SFU track and field team, displayed immense grace and strength following Dittrich’s passing, and showed incredible determination in the spring when she qualified for the 2010 NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships, posting a personal best time in the 60m.
Newbrook received the Rick Jones Memorial Award for Courage after an impressive display of leadership and perseverance in the face of personal tragedy. A team captain on the women’s soccer team, Newbrook’s senior season was overshadowed by her mother’s re-diagnosis of brain cancer in August. Undaunted, Newbrook led the Clan to the post season, earning a berth in the NAIA National Championships, and a spot on the A.I.I. All-Conference Team. Sadly, Newbrook’s mother passed away in November, and only 10 days later, the same day as the celebration of life of her mom, Newbrook was once again in goal for the Clan, willing the team to overtime before an unlucky goal in the second overtime frame ended the Clan’s season.
Neumann won the Bill DeVries award after helping Simon Fraser to the NAIA Final Four in his freshman season as a defender. The Oslo native was named a first team A.I.I. All-Star at defence, and posted a GPA of 3.84 in communication—impressive considering that English is not his native tongue.
Mancell received the Director’s award for the second time in her SFU career. A six-time NAIA National Champion in track and field, Mancell organized a reading program at a Lower Mainland school, helped collect coats, sweaters, pants and shoes for the East Side Gospel Mission, and was a Clan Top Ten Scholar-Athlete in each of the past three seasons.
The women’s basketball team was the Clan’s top squad this past season, winning their fifth CIS National Championship in nine seasons under head coach Bruce Langford, while posting a collective team GPA of over 3.75. The team also organized a breast cancer fundraiser that raised over $13,000 for breast cancer research in 2010. The wrestling program finished second after winning both the men’s and women’s CIS National Championships, while the men’s soccer team was third in the standings after making the NAIA Final Four.