By Maria Shipulina
Photos by Danroy Hunt of Foresight Video
Walking by Progress Campus on Wednesday night every Centennial student would be surprised to see the gym transform into a chic venue and college athletes looking like movie stars ready to receive their Oscar.
“You always look great, but tonight you all look absolutely fascinating!” Jennifer Leith, VP of Student & Community Engagement, said in her speech.
On Wed, April 3 athletes, coaches, administration and students gathered to celebrate the opening of the Centennial College Athletics Hall of Fame as well as the 46th Annual Athletic Banquet.
The event started with a buffet dinner and the presentation of the teams and their achievements this season. Then the Master of Ceremonies Chris Perrotte, Centennial Sports Journalism student, opened the Award presentation.
Each team was proud to announce the Most Valuable and the Most Improved players of the year.
About 8:30 p.m. the Hall of Fame Induction everybody was waiting for began. 15 athletes, builders and coaches were immortalized in the memory of Centennial athletic community for their remarkable sports careers.
The inductees have set the bar very high for the future athletes. For instance, one of the inductees John Child won a bronze medal in beach volleyball representing Canada at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta.
Athletes also received awards such as the Scholarship Award, Rookie of the Year and Honourary COLT Award.
The mens soccer team won the Academic team of the Year Award with the badminton and womesn basketball teams with a GPA of 3.3 .
At the end of the night Ann Buller, the President of Centennial College, announced the Athletes of the Year: basketball player Jameel Williamson and soccer player Chelsea Gordon.
When the official part of the night was over the happy Colts were left with a DJ and a photographer to celebrate and save this unforgettable night in photos so they can always come back.