7:30 a.m., Feb. 1)
Orléans native wins A.C.T. Athlete of the Year
Orléans Olympian Courtnay Pilypaitis
received the Athlete of the Year Award at
the Ottawa Sports Awards dinner Thursday night.
Pilipaitis went to the A.C.T. Ottawa Sports Awards banquet
Thursday night content with the fact that she was receiving
an award for the sport of basketball.
did she know that she had also been selected to receive
the Women's Athlete of the Year Awards following in the
footsteps of past winners like 6-time recipient Kristina
Groves, former Olympians Linda Thom and Elizabeth Manley,
Sue Holloway and Glenda Reisner.
is a former member of the St, Peter High School team,
having led the Knight to three straight OFSAA appearances.
graduating in 2006 Pilypaitis spent four years at the
University of Vermont where she led the Catamonts to a
berth in the 2010 NCAA tournament. By the time she graduated,
she established several team records including minutes
played, three-point baskets, assists and games played
and was third in points scored with over 1,900.
joinwd the national bastketball program in 2007 as an
18-year-old. She played at the international level on
both the U18 and U21 teams before making the senior women's
squad in 2010.
2012, she led Canada by scoring 21 points in a 71-63 must-win
victory over Japan at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
This gave Canada an Olympic berth for the first time in
12 years. Pilypairis was named the team MVP in the tournament
as she averaged 12.6 points per game, 4 rebounds, 3.6
assists and shot 42.3 percent from the 3-point range.
the 2012 Olympics in London, she helped lead Canada to
a pair of victories, scoring 11 points against Great Britain
and 14 points in the win over Brazil. The team made the
quarterfinals and finished the Games as one of the top
eight teams in the world.
local athletes honoured during the award ceremony include
Jake Fox in lacrosse, Ivanie Blondin and Samantha Morrison
in speed skating, Demi Orimoloye in baseball, and Cody
Ceci in hockey,
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business partners.)
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