Athletes of the year named

April 01, 2004, vol. 29, no. 7
By Marianne Meadahl



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Champion swimmer and Olympic hopeful Kathleen Stoody and Clan football star Neil McKinlay are SFU's athletes of the year. The awards were presented at a banquet on March 30.

Stoody has led the Clan to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes (NAIA) championships for the past four years and completed her NAIA career without losing a race in NAIA competition. She competed this past season with a torn meniscus in her knee, waiting until two days after the national championships to have surgery to repair the damage.

Despite aggravating pain, and far from ideal preparation, Stoody gave amazing performances, including the third fastest swims in the history of the NAIA in both the 100 and 200 yard breaststroke events. She was named co-winner of the NAIA swimmer of the year award.

Last August, Stoody earned a pair of bronze medals in the breaststroke and a silver medal in the 4x100 metre relay at the 2003 Pan American games in the Dominican Republic.

Stoody is now recovering before preparing for the Olympic trials in July.

At an awards gala in March 2003 when McKinlay was named SFU's most inspirational athlete, he guaranteed that the Clan would make the playoffs the next season. The prediction came true as the team made its first playoff appearance in its 38-year history. McKinlay led the conference in quarterback sacks, forced turnovers and fumble recoveries.

In four years, McKinlay went from walk-on to the best defensive player in the country and was the first Clan player to receive that national recognition from Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) coaches who vote for the award winners. He is expected to be a high pick in the upcoming CFL draft.

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