Brandon MacDonald was born and raised in Midhurst. He played AAA Minor Hockey in Barrie and competed with Eastview Wild Cat hockey team for 5 years. The team won the Georgian Bay AAAA championship twice to represent this area at the OFSSA provincial championships. MacDonald, also excels at Lacrosse. He was on the 2007 Barrie Tornado Provincial Championship Under 19 Box lacrosse team. He also helped the 2007 Barrie Tornados Intermediate Field lacrosse team win a provincial championship. His Midget Box Lacrosse team represented Barrie in the Ontario Provincial Summer Games. In 2008 he was selected to play for the Ontario Provincial U-19 Field Lacrosse team. This team competed for the prestigious Brogden Cup, an unofficial North American Junior Field lacrosse playoff. The Ontario team won the Cup, in Florida, by defeating the USA National Junior Lacrosse team 3 games to none. In 2009 MacDonald played for the Eastview Hockey team at the OFSAA championships in North Bay. The team played well but was defeated in the semi finals by the eventual silver medalists.
MacDonald once again made the 2009 Ontario U-19 Field Lacrosse team. He was one of 23 selected from 150 players invited to the tryouts. The 2009 Ontario U-19 team competed in the Canadian National U-19 Championships winning the Gold medal in a convincing fashion. After visiting a number of USA College Lacrosse campuses, he chose Adrian College in Michigan. As a freshman, at Adrian, he competed in all their games to help the team go undefeated in their conference. An article in “Lacrosse – Inside the Game” selected MacDonald as the most impactful Canadian rookie in his NCAA division In April of 2010.
Other Nominees for the 2009 Athlete of the year were:
Alanna Kovacs a Minesing native, attended St Joseph’s High School in Barrie for four years. She represented her school at OFSSA four times. During this time, she collected eight OFFSA medals. In 2008, she won OFSSA gold in javelin, silver in discus and silver in shot put. She currently holds St Joseph records in shot put, javelin and discus. The South Simcoe Dufferin Track and Field member was 2007 Ontario Provincial Champion in discus and javelin. She competed for Canada in the 2007 World Youth Games. In 2008 at the Canadian junior track and field Championships, she won gold in the Javelin and silver in the discus. In 2008/2009 competing for the Depaul University, at the NCAA Big East championships, Kovacs placed fourth in javelin to qualify for the NCAA Mideast Regional championships. At the Regional’s she placed seventh with a personal best throw in javelin. Kovacs also competed in the Eastern Canada junior track and field championships winning gold in javelin, silver in both discus and shot put. Competing in the 2009 Canadian Junior championships, she collected gold in javelin, gold in discus and bronze in the shot put. She qualified to attend the Pan Am Junior Games in Trinidad and Tobago, where she came fourth in the Javelin and ninth in the discus. In 2009, Kovacs also qualified to compete in the Canadian National Women’s Championships. Still only 18 years old, this was her first senior level competition where she captured bronze in the discus and placed sixth in the Javelin.
Samuel Pedlow was a four-year member of Barrie’s St Peter’s High School volleyball team. He also played club volleyball for the Georgian Cubs. In grade 12, he joined The Barrie Elites Volleyball Club in Barrie. Recruited by Queens University, as a setter, he also played power hitter and now has completed 3 seasons as a starting middle. During his 5 years at Queen’s his team has won three gold and two silver Ontario University Athletic (OUA) medals. He is the most decorated Volleyball Athlete to attend Queen’s University. In the 2009/2010 season the six-foot-six Pedlow captained the Queens volleyball team to an 18-4 season to advance to the quarter finals of the OUA men’s volleyball championships. Queens eventually defeated Guelph Gryphons to win the OUA provincial gold medal. Queens advanced to the Canadian University championships finishing 5th. Pedlow also played Beach Volley ball competitively and in 2007 he and his partner, Tom Pedstawka, represented Canada at the World Beach Championships.