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Posted: 06/25/2013 1:00 AM | Comments: 0
Olivia Thorleifson of Nellie McClung Collegiate in Manitou and Theo Farough of Neelin High School in Brandon were selected as the Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association's athletes of the year.
The MHSAA honoured six student athletes at the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame on Monday.
Thorleifson was captain of her softball team and provincial champion in both golf and volleyball. She was selected as MVP for the provincial "A" volleyball championship and was a graduating all-star. She will be attending the University of North Dakota this fall.
"It's an honour just to be nominated here and hearing my named called, that's huge," Thorleifson said.
Earning the honour was hard work, but it was a goal Thorleifson had set for herself at the beginning of her Grade 12 year.
"I just worked really hard. I decided at the beginning of the year it was my last chance to play every sport," she said. "So I played every sport at my school and I really just wanted to go out there in every sport I played and do my best and leave it all out there."
Even though she's a well-rounded athlete, Thorleifson's main focus is softball and she hopes to play the sport for the University of North Dakota. Her school's softball team won high school provincials the past two years, defeating teams from schools with larger student population.
Thorleifson credits high school sports for helping her become the student she is today and offered advice to future high school athletes.
"They need to just relax and enjoy it, that's the main thing," Thorleifson said. "High school sports are there to make you a better and more rounded person. They're there to help you grow, so just have fun with it."
Farough, the 2013 male athlete of the year, has also taken a lot from his high school athletic career.
"Camaraderie and just being a good person. Leadership, working hard, communication and being out there for others instead of yourself," he said.
Farough was selected as team captain and graduating all-star in both volleyball and basketball. He was named an all-star at a number of tournaments and coaches the Neelin Mini Spartans volleyball and basketball programs. Farough will stay in his hometown and attend Brandon University next year.
Farough was modest about his award and believed it took a lot of hard work to succeed.
"Blood, sweat and tears. Just hard work and dedication, that's all it is. I was never gifted, I just went and worked hard. That's all anyone has to do," he said.
Lauren Wiebe of Morris School was selected as the 'AA' female athlete of the year. Laura McManes of Glenlawn Collegiate is the 'AAAA' female athlete of the year. Cole Waddell of Hamiota Collegiate picked up honours as the 'A' male athlete of the year and Nolan Parrington of Dakota Collegiate is the 'AAAA' male athlete of the year.
Thorleifson and Farough were selected as the 'A' female and 'AAA' male athletes of the year, respectively.
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 25, 2013 C7
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