Matt Beleskey – 2008 – Athlete of the Year


Matt Beleskey’s hockey career began with the Barrie Icemen where he was a member of two silver and one bronze medal teams at OMHA Championships. From there he went on to play with the Collingwood Blues Provincial Jr A team where at age fifteen he won the Rookie of the year award. He was then signed by the OHL’s Belleville Bulls where, over four years, he earned several honours including Captain.  In the 2007-2008 season Matt led his team to the Eastern Conference, the OHL and the Memorial Cup championships. He was selected Bulls MVP for both regular season play and the playoffs. He was the Eastern Conference winner as hardest worker, best body checker and hardest shot.The Bulls awarded Matt the 2007/08 Belleville Humanitarian Award for his community work. During his OHL career Matt was a 2007- 08 Eastern Conference and OHL All Star and was a two-time OHL player of the month. He played in the ADT Canada-Russia challenge and represented Canada in both the World Under 18 Championships and the CHL Canada /Russia series. Drafted by the Anaheim  Ducks in the forth round Matt began the  2008-2009 season playing for the AHL Iowa Chops.

Other nominees for the 2007 Athlete of the Year were:

Mitch Bailey, the 2007 Ontario provincial and Canadian national cross-country mountain bike champion, set a single goal for 2008. His objective was to repeat as Canadian champion. On the way to the nationals, Bailey brought home gold medal in the short track cadet division of the prestigious Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California. He Next up were the races. Competing in the cadet expert classification of the provincial series cup, he went on to win six Ontario Cup series races to take the overall Ontario Cup championship. In August, Bailey captured gold for time trials and gold for the cross-country race at the 2008 Ontario Summer Games. He also picked up gold in the relay race and gold for overall team championship. In the Ontario championships, he was provincial champion, provincial time trial champion and provincial hill climb champion. Bailey achieved his 2008 goal at the 2008 Nationals With a time of 1:00.47.089, he finish  first to claim his second Canadian national championship. The Barrie Central Collegiate student will compete at the junior level in 2009.  Bailey is also an avid cross-country runner, cross-country skier and snowshoer.

Jasmine Mian attended Innisdale high school from 2003 to 2007. An accomplished athlete, she participated in cross-country racing, flag football, track and field, rugby, ultimate frisbee and tennis. Innisdale coach Al Emond recognized her athletic abilities and introduced her to wrestling. She excelled at the sport. She medalled in numerous wrestling competitions including OFSAA championships, Ontario championships, Canadian national championships and Canada Cup of International Wrestling competitions. She has been a member of the Fila Cadet National Wrestling Team, the Junior National Wrestling team and the Canadian Junior Wrestling World Team. In 2008, Mian began her studies at Brock University where she is coached by Marty Calder, three time Olympian and coach of Tanya VerBeek at the 2004 Olympics. Also, in 2008, Mian was Junior Canadian National Champion in the 48 kg category. At the 2008 Pan American Junior Championship, Mian captured silver in the 48kg class. She was a bronze medalist at the Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) championships. At the Ontario Senior Provincial championships, Mian won gold in the 48Kg division. She was also 2008 Ontario University Athletics champion and the 2008 Brock University Provincial champion.

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