Top local high school athletes feted at Breakfast of Champions
Some of Orillia’s top high school athletes and student leaders were recognized this morning at Sport Orillia’s Breakfast of Champions.
Athletes from all three Orillia high schools were honoured for their dedication to sport and achievements in various sports.
World-class swimmer Mark Shivers, who will be inducted into Orillia’s Sports Hall of Fame as part of a sold-out gala Saturday night at Hawk Ridge Golf Club, was the guest speaker at the event.
He encouraged the young athletes to be persistent on their sports journeys.
“Embrace your failures,” he said. “You cannot understand how to succeed without accepting and then understanding your failures.”
Shivers reminded athletes to stop along the way to “smell the roses” and to revel in their youth and enjoy each experience.
“Your athletic journey goes by quickly,” he said. “Enjoy the bonds you will make and the places you will visit, and remember to keep a life balance.”
Each Orillia high school selected four students to be recognized at the breakfast event at the Best Western Plus Mariposa Inn and Conference Centre.
Orillia Secondary School (OSS) student athletes Jessie Buck, Emily Moore, Anna Glass and Ben Sweet were among those honoured.
Buck has participated in figure skating, basketball, badminton, track and field, and volleyball. She earned a silver medal at an Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) tournament in discus and has been a national champion in both discus and javelin.
Moore has played a variety of sports throughout her high school career including flag football, volleyball, and ultimate Frisbee. Outside of school, she earned the Ontario Volleyball Association’s Award of Excellence as a U15 and U17 athlete.
Glass is a multi-sport athlete who has participated in volleyball, basketball, badminton, lacrosse, and ultimate Frisbee. She has been awarded several MVP honours during her athletic journey at OSS and has helped teams to several championships. Most notably, she was on the OSS senior girls’ basketball team that won a silver medal at OFSAA when she was in Grade 10.
Sweet is a high-performance cycling athlete who travels internationally to competitions. He has finished in the top 10 in national championships and Canada Cups. He hopes to make Team Canada and compete in the world championships.
Kayleigh Noble, Spencer Corston, Zach Courtney and Elle Waite were the Twin Lakes Secondary School (TLSS) students honoured today.