Wright a coach’s dream

Male athlete of the year praised for approach, work ethic, attitude

Jason Simmonds newsroom@journalpioneer.com
Published on June 15, 2014
Three Oaks Senior High School principal Nicole Haire and athletic director Joel Arsenault offer congratulations to the 2013-14 athletes of the year, Jessica Gillis and Ty Wright. The presentations were made during the annual athletic awards dinner on Saturday night.
Jason Simmonds/Journal Pioneer

SUMMERSIDE – Simply put, senior Ty Wright is a coach’s dream.

Many words can be used to describe the 2013-14 male athlete of the year at Three Oaks Senior High School, but two that standout are attitude and work ethic.

“A selfish or ‘me first’ thought has never run through his head,” said Three Oaks athletic director Joel Arsenault. “He was committed to the concept of team, and sacrificed personal stats for overall team success.

“He would take time to help develop all of the rookies. He played the game with a calmness that was infectious . . . Few players have the desire and drive to win like this player has.”

The 17-year-old son of Wayne and Kelley Wright of Summerside reacted to receiving the away by saying he is “very honoured and excited to be selected.”

Plays down contributions

Wright played key roles on the Axemen’s AAA volleyball, basketball and rugby teams, but in typical fashion downplayed his contributions.

“Through my coaches I’ve developed the most here at the school,” said Wright, who also competed in dodgeball. “I like to win and try hard to win. That’s my goal.”

Wright was named the most improved player in volleyball for the second year in a row, was selected as the breakout player of the year in basketball and was the most valuable player in rugby for the P.E.I. School Athletic Association (PEISAA) Senior AAA Boys Rugby League champions.

“His athletic ability and intelligence has turned him into the best rugby player on P.E.I. for his age,” noted Arsenault.

Wright also received the $500 Three Oaks Athletic Council and Alumni scholarship, and hopes to continue playing rugby next year at Acadia University in Wolfville, N.S., where he will study history.

Arsenault says Wright’s willingness to learn makes him an excellent candidate to succeed.

“He is not afraid to take constructive criticism, and is always looking for ways to improve his skills and leadership qualities,” said Arsenault. “He clearly gets satisfaction from playing rugby.

“Therefore, I have no doubt that he will only dedicate more time in the future to participating in this sport.”

Impact on peers

Wright’s approach has not gone unnoticed by his peers. Jessica Gillis, the female athlete of the year, paid tribute to Wright in an interview following the awards presentations.

“Ty taught me a lot, and he is a very good team player,” said Gillis. “I definitely look up to him.”




SUMMERSIDE – Following is the list of winners at the Three Oaks athletic awards dinner on Saturday night:

Field Hockey

Senior Girls

Most improved player (MIP) – Alexa MacDougall.

Coaches choice – Rebecca Drummond and Paige Gallant.


Senior AAA Boys

MIP – Ty Wright.

Most dedicated player (MDP) – Tanner Mendoza.

Most valuable player (MVP) – Alex DesRoches.

Senior AAA Girls

MIP – Hayley Hartlen.

MDP – Rachel Murray.

MVP – Laura O’Neil.

Senior A Girls

Top offensive player – Shelby MacNaught.

Leadership award – Jessica Campbell.

MVP – Grace Stavert.


MIP – Maria Dalton.

Coaches choice – Jaymee Misner.

MVP – MacKenzie Clow.


MIP – Allison MacNeill.

Rookie of the year – Austin Taylor.

MVP – Ryan Merrett.


Senior AAA Girls

MIP – Julie Campbell.

Coaches choice – Ashley Simmons.

MVP – Jessica Gillis.

Senior AAA Boys

Breakout player of the year – Ty Wright.

MDP – James Meek.

MVP – Tanner Mendoza.

Senior AA Girls

MIP – Morgan MacKinnon.

Rookie of the year – Taran Price.

MVP – Rebecca Parnham.

Senior AA Boys

MIP – Hogan Arsenault.

MDP – Zack Mallett.

MVP – Colton Wadman.


Coaches choice – Hannah Taylor and Ligrit Sadiku.


Coaches choice – Matt Barlow.

Female MVP – Tiffany Cameron.

Male MVP – Jesse Cameron.


Senior AAA Girls

Coaches choice – Lauren MacFadyen.

Co-MVPs – Jessica Gillis and Lauren Sheidow.

Senior AAA Boys

Most valuable forwards – Alex Rose and Dan Fingler.

MVP – Ty Wright.

Senior A Girls

MIP – Segolene Farges.

Coaches choice – Hannah Taylor.

MVP – Hayley Hartlen.

Senior A Boys

MDP – Cameron Gillis.

Coaches choice – Matt Tanton.

MVP – Riley Gallant.

Track and Field

Coaches choice – Brittan Turner.

Rookie of the year – Austin Taylor.

MVP – Ryan Merrett.


Senior Boys

Top hitter – Matt Barlow.

Top defensive player – Sam Cameron.

MVP – Owen Arsenault.

Senior Girls

MIP – Madison Reeves.

Coaches choice – Jasmine Geary.

MVP – Stacy Montgomery.

PEISAA Outstanding

Student-Athlete Medallions

Male – Tanner Mendoza.

Female – Jessica Gillis.

Athletic Council and

Alumni Scholarship

Ty Wright.

Athletic Alumni Association Award

Janice and Edwin Gillis.

Rookies of Year

Female – Tara Campbell.

Male – Matthew Tanton.

Athletes of the Year

Female – Jessica Gillis.

Male – Ty Wright.