The John Bowness Achievement Award at Kensington Intermediate-Senior High School (KISH) honours dedication, determination and enthusiasm for sports.
The 2018-19 recipient exceeds that criteria.
“Abby Christopher has been a tremendous athlete in every sport that she has played,” said KISH principal Donald Mulligan, who coached her for three years in senior A girls’ soccer. “Her work ethic is second to none, she has a positive personality and has an endless drive. She just goes all the time.
“She participates in everything and she gives 100 per cent in every sport she participates in.”
The award honours the now-retired Bowness, who served as athletic director and coached countless KISH teams over a 30-plus-year career. Every Bowness-coached team was known for an outstanding work ethic.
“I didn’t expect to get it,” said Christopher after receiving the prestigious award during the KISH senior awards night recently. “It meant a lot, especially to receive it from Mr. Mulligan.”
The significance of the award is also not lost on the 18-year-old daughter of Tracy and Blair Christopher of Margate.
“Especially when you are being compared to someone as amazing as John Bowness, it means a lot,” added Christopher, whose 2018-19 resumé included participation in senior soccer, cross-country, basketball, badminton, softball and track and field.
Christopher, who admits she will miss school sports and her involvement with student council, was the most valuable player in cross-country and soccer, received a P.E.I. School Athletic Association medal awarded to Grade 12 students on at least two major or two minor teams who maintain an 85-per-cent average or higher and was presented with a gold medal of distinction marking her involvement in extracurricular activities and academics.
Christopher will study marine biology at UNB Saint John.
“She is just a fantastic person,” said Mulligan. “She has been here for six years (Grades 7 to 12) participating in all our sports and she is going to be missed for sure.”