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Brian Maxwell Memorial Scholarship Winners

Wednesday, August, 3, 2016

BRIAN MAXWELL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARD WINNERS

OFSAA and the Brian Maxwell Memorial Scholarship Fund are pleased to announce the student-athletes who were awarded the 2016 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 2016 Gold recipients of the $8000 scholarship are Kyle Madden of St. George, and Mackenzie Cameron of Georgetown.

Kyle Madden graduated from Paris District High School in St. George near Brantford with an 85% average. He competed at OFSAA Track & Field since sophomore year and finished Grade 12 on the podium twice with bronze in the 1500m and gold in the 3000m. Kyle also competed at the 2015 World Youth Track & Field Championships, and finished 12th at OFSAA Cross Country. He was president of the Eco Club and traveled to Costa Rica to help the Mangrove Reforestation Project as well as participated in leadership, athletic council and the anti-bullying programs at school. Kyle will be studying human kinetics at the University of Guelph in the fall.
Mackenzie Cameron is a graduate of Christ the King CSS in Georgetown where she accomplished a 91% average. She competed at OFSAA Cross Country and Track & Field all four years of high school including a silver-medal finish in 3000m in Grade 9. A multi-sport athlete, Mackenzie is also competitive in Nordic skiing, soccer, and dance. She’s a winner of the Father Patrick Fogarty Ontario Catholic Student Award, a student senator, Relay for Life organizer, school web master, and mathematics, Italian and Me to We club member. Mackenzie will study mathematics towards her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Guelph starting this fall.   

 

The 2016 Silver recipients of the $4000 scholarship are Mitchell Ubene of Tecumseh, and Lucia Stafford of Toronto.

Mitchell Ubene recently graduated from Tecumseh Vista Academy in Tecumseh with a 95% average. He competed at OFSAA Track & Field twice including a fifth-place finish in the 3000m this year, and in Grade 9 was a member of the first-place team at OFSAA Cross Country. A former winner of the Windsor-Essex Sports Person of the Year, he also represents his school in soccer, volleyball and badminton. Off the court Mitchell has competed in provincial mathematics, physics, and chemistry contests and fundraised for the Kidney Foundation and Terry Fox Foundation. Mitchell will study engineering at the University of Guelph in the fall.
Lucia Stafford graduated from Toronto French School with a 92% overall average. At OFSAA Track & Field she landed on the podium four times including double gold this year in 800m and 1500m. Her 1500m time of 4:22 is a new OFSAA and Canadian Interscholastic Record and the exact same time landed her in 12th at the IAAF World Youth Championships this July. Lucia is the Outreach Club prefect head, played Miss Hannigan in the musical Annie, is co-founder of the Cancer Awareness Club, and organizes the Light the Night fundraiser in memory of her mother that raises money for cancer research.  Lucia’s sister Gabriella is a former recipient of this award. Lucia will study Engineering at University of Toronto in the fall. 

 

The 2016 Bronze recipients of the $2000 scholarship are Millar Coveney of St. Catharines, and Kate Current of Cobourg.

Millar Coveney is a graduate of Sir Winston Churchill SS in St. Catharines with a 94% average. He participated in multiple OFSAA Cross Country and Track & Field Championships including a second-place team finish in XC this year. He won a Government of Canada History Essay Award for his French-language essay, “Canadian Artic Exploration and its Effect on Indigenous People.” He’s a member of the swim team, school prefect, leadership and Wintership leader, and concertmaster-playing violin. Millar will study engineering at Queen’s University this fall.

Kate Current recently graduated from Cobourg Collegiate with a 96% average. At OFSAA Track & Field she finished fifth in Grade 11 and second in Grade 12 in the 800m. Kate also placed fifth in the 800m at Youth Nationals. At school she is a member of the athletic council, interact club, link crew and aided an intellectually challenged student to compete at track & field. She also helps the elderly learn new technology, coaches youth gymnastics, and is becoming a lifeguard and swim instructor. Kate will pursue a dual degree in engineering and business from the University of Western Ontario starting this fall.

 

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