CHARLOTTETOWN – Island athletes performing at the varsity level are highlighted this week as Sport P.E.I. continues its countdown to the annual awards banquet at the Rodd Royalty in Charlottetown on Friday.
Finalists for the intercollegiate male athlete of the year are Andrew Costa (volleyball, UNB), Cole MacMillan (soccer/hockey, UPEI) and James Profit (swimming, Dalhousie).
Tickets for the banquet are available by calling Nick Murray at 368-4547.
Summerside’s Andrew Costa enjoyed a successful final volleyball season at UNB, where he helped his team win an Atlantic University Sport (AUS) championship.
Converted to the libero position at the start of the season, Costa excelled in his new role on the back-court, and the team’s co-captain finished second in digs with 109. Not only did he lead his team to just their second title in 25 years, he was recognized as the AUS libero of the year.
Charlottetown’s Cole MacMillan is a rare two-sport athlete at the varsity level, and he plays key roles with both the UPEI hockey and soccer Panthers.
On the ice, MacMillan brings a physical style with a big work ethic that has been crucial to the Panthers’ progress, and his offensive prowess saw him net seven goals, second in the AUS, on the soccer pitch.
His fine season included him being named a CIS athlete of the week ward, and he was selected an AUS all-star at season’s end.
Charlottetown’s James Profit has had an excellent start to his Dalhousie swimming career, winning both the 2013 AUS rookie-of-the-year award, and named top rookie at the AUS championships in Charlottetown, where he won four medals, including two gold.
The Charlottetown Bluephin had numerous podium finishes throughout the season, and he enjoyed a strong CIS championship with a 12th-place finish at the CIS in the 200-metre butterfly, his strongest event.
Just recently, he helped Dal to another AUS title, and is considered one of the best young swimmers in the region.