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2007 Awards

Year 10 – Wednesday May 28, 2008

RIM Park, Forbes Room, Waterloo

2007 ATHLETE of the Year


Luca Congi – Football



Luca played for St. David’s High School in Waterloo before attending Simon Fraser University where he led the league in punting average of 40.5 yards, completed 75% of his field goal attempts and scored 36% of his team’s points. Saskatchewan Roughriders selected him 12th in the 2006 Canadian College Draft.


In his second year in the Canadian Football League, as a member of the Grey Cup Champion Roughriders, Luca led the team in scoring with 156 points (4th in the league and 3rd among kickers) and in the playoffs made 81.3% of his field goal attempts. A highlight of his playoff success was when he scored 20 of the team’s 26 points in the western semi-final. He was a nominee as a West Division 1st Team All-Star and Outstanding Special Team Player.

Luca Congi


Chelsea Aubry – Basketball



As Captain of Nebraska University (NU), and the Canadian Sr. National Team, Chelsea continues to excel on both the national and international stages. She led NU to a 5th place finish in the NCAA tournament, Canada to 4th in the Pan-Am Games in Brazil, and 5th in the Olympic Qualifier tournament in Chile.


Chelsea is #2 at NU for single season three-point pe3rcentage at 43%.


She achieved a 2nd Team Academic All-Big 12 Honours and an Honourable Mention for All-Big 12 NCAA Team.


She now turns her focus to WNBA Draft and the 2010 Olympics in London.

Chelsea Aubry

Ryan Benesch – Soccer



After a stellar Jr. “A” career as Captain of the K-W Braves where he amassed 400 points (2nd All-Time) Ryan was selected 1st overall in the 2006 National Lacrosse League (NLL) draft. He went on to score 33 goals and 25 assists in 15 games, was named Rookie of the Week three times, Rookie of the Month for March 2007 and was honoured with the NLL Rookie of the Year Award.


He will join his hometown K-W Kodiaks this summer to continue honing his skills for what looks like a very bright professional career.

Ryan Benesch

Mandy Bujold – Boxing



Mandy joined the Waterloo Regional Boxing Academy to achieve her personal fitness goals and became the Sr. Ontario Champion and Jr. Canadian Champion in 2006. She finished off the year with the Gold Medal at the Ringside World Championships. Mandy continued her climb on the national women’s boxing scene in 2007, winning Gold at the Pan-Am Games and the Canadian National Championships. Mandy earned a spot on Canada’s National team and is ranked 4th in World Amateur Standings. With a performance like that, Mandy was named Rookie of the year by Boxing Canada.

Mandy Bujold

David Edgar – Soccer



David is one of only two players to play in three Under-20 World Championships. In 2006 Soccer Canada named him Male Youth Player of the Year and in 2007 he became the Captain of the U-20 National Team.  He was named Captain of the Newcastle United Reserve Team and on January 1, 2007, David scored his first career goal with Newcastle United and in May 2007 he signed a new two-year contract.

David Edgar

Laurie McGrath – Running



Laurie started running in 2003 and she loves to run for a long time which earned her #1 ranking in the Overall ACU (Association of Canadian Ultra) Marathoners Series in 2005 and 2006. She was also ranked #2 in the ACU 24 Hour Runs for 2004, 2005 and 2006 to become the 2007 National Overall Series Champion of the ACU series.


The more she runs, the more records Laurie sets and her list for 2007 includes: Seaton Trail 78 km; Sulphur Springs 100 Mile; Creemore Vertical Challenge; Dirty Girl 24 Hour and Ottawa International 24 Hour Self- Transcendence Race.


She holds the Canadian record / 8th in the World for the IAU 24 Hour World Challenge; the Canadian record in the Open Women’s 100 Mile Run (15:59:07) was 1st in the Ontario Ultra Series 50 km Challenge Cup and won the Ontario Cup for the highest point total over 12 races for men and women.


It’s no wonder Rogers named her “Woman of the Year” in the Sports and Recreation Category.

Laurie McGrath

Andrew Poje – Figure Skating



Andrew teamed up with his new partner Kaitlyn Weaver in August 2006 and went on to win three Bronze Medals that year.  They won two of the ISC Jr. Grand Prix Circuit and another one at the World Jr. Championships. Andrew continued to climb the world rankings in 2007, repeating as Bronze medalist at the ISU World Jr. Championships. He finished the year in style with a Bronze at the BMO Financial Sr. Canadian Championships. Earlier this year after less than two years with his new partner, he won Silver at the Canadian Sr. Championships on his quest to compete in the 2010 Olympics.

Andrew Poje

Richard Singh – Powerlifting



Richard was once named “Strongest Teen in Canada” and now he is the new AWPC (Amateur World Powerlifting Congress) World Champion for Under-19. He also set a new world record for bench pressing 453 lbs, beating the old record of 412 lbs. and was named ”Best Overall Teem Lifter” at the AWPC World Championships.


Nick-named ”Super Kid”, Richard is also the National and Provincial Champion, holding 21 Provincial and nine National records. Of note is the fact that Richard only competes in events where there is drug testing as he is a strong advocate and promoter of ”clean sports”.

Richard Singh

Mark Sommerfeld – Golf



Mark plays for the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) where he has been the most dominant golfer in the Horizon League over the past three years. He led the league in stroke average all three years and is the two-time NCAA Horizon League Player of the year. Mark finished 3rd in 2007 at the Horizon League Championship and has been instrumental in UDM winning te championship in 2005 and 2007. He earned All-Tournament Honours for the third consecutive year and was ranked 5th among men’s amateur golfers in Canada.  He also won the U.S. Amateur Open Qualifier and is now a member of the Canadian National Amateur Team.

Mark Sommerfeld

Kelly VanderBeek – Alpine Skiing



Kelly has been a member of the Canadian National Alpine Ski Team for seven years and although she trains in Chilliwack BC, she is proud to call Chicopee her home club. Kelly is no stranger to the Athlete of the Year program as she has been a nominee six times and was the 2004 recipient.


By virtue of her 11 Top Ten finishes in 2006, she was named the Pacific Sport Athlete of the Year. She has continued to climb the World Rankings and captured her second World Cup Medal in 2007, her first Silver to match the Bronze she won at Lake Louise in 2006. Kelly was 2nd in Downhill at Arlberg, Austria; 5th Downhill and Super G at Tarvisio and San Sicario, Italy; 6th Downhill in Aspen, Colorado and Ranked 5th in Downhill and 8th overall for 2007.


Perhaps the Gold Medal is just around the bend – at the 2010 Olympics.

Kelly VanderBeek

Awards of Excellence


Bill Pegg – Kitchener


For four decades, the name Bill Pegg has been and continues to be liberally sprinkled throughout a multitude of community organizations including Forest Hill T-Ball; Kitchener Minor Baseball; Kitchener Minor Girls Softball; Kitchener Dodgers Junior Baseball; Kitchener Panthers Baseball Club; Sr. and Jr. Intercounty Baseball Association; Baseball Ontario; Tri-City Baseball League; K-W Youth Basketball; Kitchener Basketball Officials Association; Kitchener Sports Association; K-W Charities Bingo Association; ISC Fastball Tournaments; Greater K-W Chamber of Commerce and Waterloo Knights of Columbus in a multitude of volunteer positions. It’s stated that if you want something done, find a busy person and the perfect example is Bill Pegg.

Bill Pegg


Kitchener Sports Association


In 1944, the Kitchener Sports Association was formed with an initial objective of building a new arena in Kitchener. The result was the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium, a jewel among the community’s sporting assets. The organization continues to have a major impact, primarily through successful fund-raising initiatives including bingo and the 50/50 draws at the home games of the Kitchener Rangers. Provision of funds are targeted through a variety of programs within KSA that include travel and capital grants, scholarships, Olympic Dreams grants, and hosting of the annual volunteer recognition dinner, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary this autumn.



Elmira Sugar Kings Jr. “B” Hockey Team


The inaugural recipient in the team category is the Elmira Sugar Kings Jr. “B” Hockey team whose numerous successes on-ice and continuous support for its players and alumni off-ice, both present and past, serves as a role-model for teams in any sport. The Sugar Kings have been operating for 34 years and its sound management, competitive spirit and dedication to a “Hometown Hockey” operating philosophy, has garnered the team a solid reputation locally and provincially.

Elmira Sugar Kings