March 22, 2001 Vol . 20, No. 6

B.C. honours SFU athletes

By Marianne Meadahl

SFU wrestler and Olympic champion Daniel Igali has been named B.C. Athlete of the Year while Dave McKay, who coached Igali to victory at the Sydney Olympics last summer, took home the coach of the year honours at the annual B.C. Athletic awards on March 15.

Igali, who continues to train with the SFU wrestling team, beat out fellow gold medalist Simon Whitfield, winner of the triathlon, for senior athlete of the year and was subsequently named overall B.C. athlete of the year.

Hoop star Teresa Kleindienst, a point guard on the women's basketball team, was named B.C. university athlete of the year.
Last year Kleindienst led the Clan to a second place finish at the NAIA national championships and earned tournament MVP honours along the way.

Kleindienst was named first team All-Canadian in SFU's first year of competition in the Canadian Intercollegiate Athletics Union (CIAU). She was the youngest member of Canada's women's basketball team at the Sydney Olympics.

Kleindiest's teammate Dannielle Langford and SFU freshman wrestler Roozbeh Banihashemi were both nominated in the male and female high school athlete categories. The Clan's NAIA champion women's soccer team was also nominated.

SFU swimmer Graham Duthie took home a gold medal in the men's 100 metre freestyle as well as a silver in the 50m freestyle at the Canadian national competition in Edmonton March 15-17.

In the latter race, Duthie narrowly missed gold, finishing second by .01 seconds. Duthie, who broke eight NAIA national championship meet records earlier this month, is a four-time NAIA swimmer of the year.

Meanwhile, longtime SFU women's softball coach Mike Renney (left) is the newly appointed head coach of the Canadian women's team.

Renney has served as assistant coach on the national team for the past seven years, which included stints at the 1996 Olympics (the sport's Olympic debut) and in 2000.

The team finished fifth and eighth respectively. Renney has been head coach of Canada's only university softball program at SFU for six years. In 1999, Simon Fraser won the NAIA championships.

This season Renney's Clan squad is ranked number three in the NAIA, and has a 11-4 record.


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