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The finalists for the Synergy Fitness & Nutrition intercollegiate athletes of the year, from left, are Jenna Mae Ellsworth, Abbey MacLellan, Hannah Taylor, Stephen Anderson, Ibrahima Sanoh and John Patrick (J.P.) Stevenson.
The finalists for the Synergy Fitness & Nutrition intercollegiate athletes of the year, from left, are Jenna Mae Ellsworth, Abbey MacLellan, Hannah Taylor, Stephen Anderson, Ibrahima Sanoh and John Patrick (J.P.) Stevenson. - Submitted

Athletes from basketball, soccer, field hockey, wrestling, hockey, baseball up for Sport P.E.I. awards

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – Athletes representing six different sports are finalists for the Synergy Fitness and Nutrition Intercollegiate athletes of the year honours.
The two winners will be announced Feb. 7 when Sport P.E.I. hands out the 2017 Amateur Sport Awards.
Here is a short bio of the three male and three female finalists provided by Sport P.E.I.
Female
Jenna Mae Ellsworth

Charlottetown’s Jenna Mae Ellsworth is a rare dual-sport athlete. Playing key roles with both the UPEI soccer and basketball Panthers, her physical style and work ethic are second to none.
On the pitch, Jenna Mae can be found holding down the back-line, while on the court the point guard has proven to be a well-rounded competitor.
In 2017, she placed top five in the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) for scoring, assists and steals. These tallies earned her the following recognition: AUS rookie of the year, AUS second team all-star and U Sports all rookie team member.
Shifting gears between soccer and basketball is second nature for Jenna Mae and she will continue to have a strong presence in Panther Athletics for years to come.
Abbey MacLellan
After a season-ending injury a year ago, Abbey MacLellan returned to field hockey and proved she is not only resilient, but a fierce competitor.
In her second year as a UBC Thunderbird, Abbey certainly made her mark. Having been named a Canada-West all-star for her league performance, and later named a U Sport all-Canadian.
But the honours didn’t stop there, in the Canadian U Sport championship series, Abbey was named player of the game as the Thunderbirds claimed the national title winning two straight over the York Lions.
An inspiring story of determination and courage, Abbey isn’t slowing down any time soon.
Hannah Taylor
Hannah Taylor flourished in her incredible rookie season with the Brock Badgers wrestling team. The Summerside native stood on the podium in each intercollegiate wrestling tournament during 2017. Her medal haul included three gold, three silver and one bronze.
After securing a silver medal at the U Sports championship, Hannah was recognized as the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and U Sports rookie of the year.
To cap it all off, Brock recognized her as their varsity athlete rookie of the year.
Hannah’s history-making season is only the beginning in what will certainly be a storybook career.


Male
Stephen Anderson

Morell native Stephen Anderson knows a thing or two about national championships. Finishing the 2016-17 AUS hockey season with 25 points in 27 games, Stephen went on to win his second straight U Sports title with the UNB Varsity Reds.
Looking to complete a national championship hat trick, Stephen’s 2017-18 season has started out with a bang. After earning himself national recognition as U Sports athlete of the week, Stephen was named to the U Sports all-star team that swept the Canadian world juniors squad with two wins in exhibition play.
Ibrahima Sanoh
Ibrahima Sanoh has set the bar for Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) men’s soccer.
The Holland College Hurricane’s striker entered the league four years ago and has been breaking records ever since. A four-time ACAA player of the year, four-time Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) all-Canadian, two-time national medallist and most recently CCAA player of the year, Ibrahima not only set the bar, but set it high.
Graduating from the conference with 101 goals, Ibra’s impressive tally stands above any other player in ACAA history.
Ibrahima certainly deserves to take a moment and reflect on four years of total domination.
John Patrick Stevenson
John Patrick (J.P.) Stevenson had a terrific junior year as a starting pitcher for the NCAA Division I Canisius College.
The New Glasgow native led his team in wins with a very solid 3.65 ERA. The southpaw also led the team in innings pitched and strikeouts, allowing only 89 hits in 93 innings.
Stevenson was one of five NCAA players named to the first-team all-Canadian college baseball team, a prestigious honour chosen by the Canadian Baseball Network. He was the only player east of Ontario named to the team.
J.P. continues to show why he is the province’s top pitcher and has dreams of one day playing in the big leagues.


Recent winners

A look at the recent winners of the Synergy Fitness & Nutrition Intercollegiate athletes of the year

Female

2016 - Jessica Cameron, hockey

2015 - Veronica Keefe, wrestling

2014 - Shannon MacAulay, hockey

2013 - Molly Wedge, swimming

2012 - Stephanie Ramsay, hockey

2011 - Veronica Keefe, wrestling

2010 - Ashley MacDonald, rugby

2009 - Ashley MacDonald, rugby

2008 - Ashley MacDonald, rugby

2007 - Kristina Weatherbie, soccer

2006 - Angela Drane, golf

Male

2016 - Ligrit Sadiku, wrestling

2015 - J.P. Stevenson, baseball

2014 - Jared Murphy, soccer

2013 - Cole MacMillian, soccer/hockey

2012 - Connor McGuire, cross country

2011 - Connor McGuire, cross country

2010 - Colby Pridham, hockey

2009 - Kurt McCormack, athletics

2008 - Paul Craig, soccer

2007 - Darryl Boyce, hockey

2006 - Jared Connaughton, athletics


Got to go

2017 Amateur Sport Awards

What – The annual awards presented by Sport P.E.I.

When – Feb. 7. Reception begins at 6:30 p.m. with the awards ceremony starting at 7:15 p.m.

Where – Holland College's Florence Simmons Performance Hall.

Tickets – $25 and available by calling 902-368-4110.

Editor’s note – This is the third in a series of articles looking at the winners and finalists for the various awards.

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