Ten Lancers received honours at Monday’s ceremony for the Windsor Essex County Sports Persons of the Year (WESPY) awards. The awards recognize outstanding local athletes, based on their accomplishments during the 2015 calendar year.
The University of Windsor swept the track and field category as Corey Bellemore and alumna Nicole Sassine (BHK 2011, B.Ed 2012) received the Dennis Fairall awards as male and female athletes of the year in the sport. The award was renamed this year to honour the long-time Lancer head coach.
For the third consecutive year, a Lancer was named the overall female athlete of the year as Canadian Olympian Melissa Bishop (BHK 2010, B.Ed 2011) took home the night’s top honour. Bishop captured a gold medal in the women’s 800m at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto.
- women’s basketball coach Chantal Vallée was named the coach of the year, after leading Windsor to its fifth consecutive national championship;
- Korissa Williams was named the female basketball athlete of the year after being named the 2015 top female athlete in Canadian Interuniversity Sport;
- Spencer Pommells received the male hockey athlete of the year award to match a similar honour from CIS;
- basketball rookie Isiah Osborne captured the Mickey Renaud Captain’s trophy for his time with the Kennedy Clippers;
- all-star Leighton Speechley-Price was named men’s soccer athlete of the year; and
- track athlete Virginia McLachlan captured the female parasport athlete award.