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Wednesday, August, 23, 2017

OFSAA and the Brian Maxwell Memorial Scholarship Fund are pleased to announce the student-athletes who were awarded the 2017 scholarships.

The scholarship fund is in memory of Brian Maxwell, a successful distance runner. Brian competed in track & field and cross country and achieved success as an OFSAA champion, Canadian junior, juvenile and senior champion and won numerous international marathons. In 1980 he was selected on the Canadian Olympic team and later became a successful entrepreneur who, with his wife Jennifer, co-founded the nutritional supplement PowerBar. Brian was born with a defective heart valve and in 2004, at only 51, died of a heart attack.

The Brian Maxwell Memorial Scholarship awards amounts of $8,000, $4,000 and $2,000 each year to a male and female student athlete in Ontario who will continue their post-secondary education at a Canadian College or University. These scholar-athletes must also display qualities of honesty, integrity, compassion and an unwavering quest to accomplish the best academically and athletically while supporting fellow team members.

The 2017 gold recipients of the $8,000 scholarship are Sadie-Jane Hickson of Lindsay, and Liam Donnelly of Hamilton. 

Sadie-Jane Hickson is a recent graduate of Lindsay Collegiate and Vocational Institute with a 93% average.  In each year of high school she qualified for the OFSAA Track and Field and Cross Country Championships.  This four-time athlete of the year won the silver medal in the OFSAA 1500m steeple chase in her grade 12 year.  In addition to her athletic accomplishments, Sadie-Jane also captained her track and field, cross country, and wrestling teams; she was vice president of the athletic union at her school, and she helped organize school dances, spirit events, and BBQs.  In the community, she is a 4H youth ambassador and volunteers at an elementary school and seniors’ home, among other things.  She will be attending the University of Guelph and working towards a Bachelor of Science degree.

Liam Donnelly attended St. Mary Catholic Secondary School where he graduated with a 95% average.  Over the course of his high school career, Liam qualified for the OFSAA Track and Field Championship every year, and the Cross Country Championship on three occasions.  He was also a member of his school’s varsity volleyball, swim, and badminton teams. As a member of the Student Council, Liam organized fundraising events and school spirit events.  He was also president of the Athletic Council, tutored math, and represented his school at the annual Euclid mathematics and computer competition.  Liam contributed to a number of causes in his community including Ontario Gleaners, Free the Children Initiative, and the Walk with Christ Pilgrimage.  This September he will begin studies at the University of Western Ontario.

This year’s silver recipients are Madison Greenough of St. Catharines, and Braydon Clarke of Erin. 

Madison Greenough achieved a 97% average upon graduation from Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School and qualified for the OFSAA Track and Field, and OFSAA Cross Country Championship on three occasions each.  At school, she was a peer tutor in mathematics and science, was selected as a school ambassador, competed in mathematic competitions, and was selected for a Brock University Science Mentorship program.  Madison was also a member of the school badminton team.  She gave time to a number of organizations in her community, including Canadian Cancer Society, St. Catharines Rotary Club, Special Olympics, and a local church.  She is enrolled in a five year co-operative program at University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University.

Braydon Clarke is a four-time participant in the OFSAA Cross Country championship, and a three-time participant in the Track and Field Championship, winning a total of four medals.  Braydon was also a member of his school’s basketball and dodgeball teams.  In addition to his athletic achievements, this recent graduate from Erin District High School achieved an 85% average.  He was a member of the Athletic Council and organized intramural sports and events to raise money to purchase athletic equipment.  Braydon coached at a summer sport camp to help children learn track and field skills, and has helped fundraise for a local track and field club.  This fall, he will begin work on a Bachelor of Science degree at University of Guelph.

The 2017 bronze recipients are Keili Sheppard of Ottawa and Isaiah Frielink of Barrie.

Keili Sheppard graduated from Glebe Collegiate with a 95% average and will be attending University of Ottawa this fall.  She participated in the OFSAA Track and Field, Cross Country, and Nordic Skiing Championships every year of high school and won a total of seven medals including team gold in cross country in grade 11.  As a member of the Athletic Council at Glebe, Keili organized intramurals, pep rallies and fundraising activities.  She also played volleyball and soccer for the school and provided developmentally delayed students with opportunities to participate in school sports.  As a member of her community, Keili fundraised for the homeless and a local hospital, and was an assistant coach for a soccer club. 

Isaiah Frielink achieved an 88% average at Unity Christian High School.  Isaiah qualified for the OFSAA Cross Country Championship each year of his high school career, and won the OFSAA gold medal in the 1500m and silver medal in the 3000m in grade 12 at the OFSAA Track and Field Championship.  He was also a member the Athletic Council as well as the basketball and volleyball teams.  Isaiah involved himself in community events including making repairs to bicycles for the Syrian community and a week-long mission to help the homeless and elderly on welfare.  He is concerned about the environment and helped design and build a rain garden at his school and in his community, and obtained a grant to fund a water bottle refill station to reduce water waste at his school.  Isaiah will attend University of Western Ontario as he sets his sights on a Bachelor of Engineering.


Congratulations to all scholarship recipients and we wish you the best of luck in continuing your education and athletic careers at the post-secondary level!

CLICK HERE to view all past recipients of the scholarship