Alexandra Paul & Mitchell Islam – 2010 – Athlete of the Year


Alexandra Paul and Mitchell Islam have only been together as a figure skating dance team since February 2009. They have had tremendous results both Nationally and Internationally. During their first few months, as a new team, they entered the Minto Summer Skate competition. They edged out the reigning Junior champions of Canada in the Free Dance and won the competition overall. This earned them an invitation to participate in a Grand Prix event in Poland. They finished a very strong fourth just less than one point shy of third. Their strong showing allowed them to skate in a second competition in Turkey where they placed a respectable fifth.

Coached by David Islam (Mitchell’s father) Kelly Johnson, Pavol Porac and Tyler Myles of the Mariposa School. Paul and Islam entered their first Canadian championship as a team and won the Junior Dance Championship of Canada. They received a BMO Possibility Award – a training grant for their amazing programs at Canadians. They were named to the Junior World team and headed for The Hague. Their ambition was to finish in the top five. They exceeded that goal by making the podium to be presented with the 2010 Junior World’s Ice Dance Silver medal. This was a huge accomplishment for a team that had barely been together a year. In the fall of 2010 they finished a commendable fourth at Skate Canada in their first senior event as a team. Competing recently in their first National figure skating championship, at the senior level, they were awarded the Bronze Medal in the Senior Dance Championship of Canada. Both Skaters are members of the Barrie Figure Skating Club.

Barrie Examiner Article – Paul and Islam
Barrie Advance Article – Honouring Athletes

Other Nominees for the 2010 Athlete of the year were:

Jasmine Mian is an accomplished athlete, she participated in multiple sports while at Innisdale Secondary school. She now attends Brock University where she is coached by Marty Calder, a three time Olympian. Mian has excelled at the sport of wrestling. She has medaled in numerous wrestling competitions including Ontario championships, Canadian national championships, Canada Cup of International Wrestling and the Pan-American games. 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 and 2009 she captured: Gold and silver at the Canadian National Championships: Gold and Silver at the Ontario Provincial championships: Two bronze at the Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) championships and two gold at the Ontario University Athletics OUA championships. At the beginning of 2010, Mian was ranked second in Canada by CIS. In March, at the Canadian Senior Wrestling Championships in Frederictown New Brunswick, she captured a silver medal in her Category. In October, 2010 Mian Placed 3rd at the 2010 World University Championships in Torino, Italy. At the 2010/2011 Ontario University Athletics OUA championships Mian capture gold in her category and helped the Brock women’s team win the gold medal. She was also named the MVP of the OUA women’s competition. At the 2010/2011 Canadian Interuniversity Sports championships, in Thunder Bay, the Brock women’s team captured Bronze. With Mian taking Gold in her group. She also received the Student-Athlete Community Service Award which goes to the wrestler who best exhibits outstanding achievements in wrestling, academics and community involvement.

Taylor “Tay” Paris is a Barrie Central Collegiate teenage rugby star playing beyond his years. As an underage player, in 2009, he competed with the Ontario Under 18 team that won Gold at the Canada Summer games in Summerside, PEI. Some visitors from Great Britain were impressed with his play. In September he was invited to a five month rugby exchange at Kings Bruton private school at Somerset near Wales.In February he became the youngest Canadian to play on the Canadian Men’s 7’s team in the International 7’s World series with stops in New Zealand and Las Vegas. He impressed them early by scoring a try in the first 10 seconds of his first game. In July, Paris was a member of the Ontario Under 18 team that won gold at the National Championships. In August, he joined the Ontario Blues (men’s provincial team) for their final league game. Paris became an “A Carded” athlete for Rugby Canada. He relocated to Victoria, BC to join the other domestic-based National players where he played for the James Bay rugby club. In October he rejoined the Canadian Men’s 7’s Team to participated in the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. He was invited, in November, to join the Canadian Men’s 15’s team on their European Tour where he became the youngest Canadian to play international men’s 15’s – he had just turned 18.The Northampton Saints Academy in England has invited Paris to a four month trial. The Academy is the development arm of the Northampton Saints professional rugby club, located in England. Paris is the first Barrie player to get an invitation to a professional English Academy.

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