Ontario universities and colleges cap their sports season by choosing their top male and female athletes of the year – and Sportsnet Radio FAN 590 will share the winners and information with you. Today, we highlight the top athletes from the University of Waterloo.
By David Grossman
Rugby and hockey are two big sports at the University of Waterloo.
Both sports had players chosen as the top athletes for 2011.
Kyle Sonnenburg, from Waterloo, was named the OUA West Region defenseman of the year for the second straight season. Waterloo’s male athlete of the year was also named an OUA West Region first team all-star, for the third straight season and a CIS second team all-Canadian.
Sonnenburg had six goals and 10 assists in 24 games. Sonnenburg’s skill also earned him a spot on the Canadian roster at the World University Games in Erzurum, Turkey. He scored a goal helping Canada defeat Kazakhstan 3-1 to take home the bronze medal. He graduates this year from the Legal Studies program.
Sam Eyles helped her women’s rugby team to a 4-1 OUA regular season record. A resident of Erin, Eyles helped the Warriors in a 42-0 win over McMaster to win the OUA bronze medal this year.
A fourth year student studying Kinesiology, she scored four tries in the playoffs and was named an OUA all-star. Eyles is also a big contributor to Warrior athletics serving as a member on the Interuniversity Council. When she wasn’t playing for Waterloo,
Eyles was busy during the 2010 off-season winning a gold medal with Team Ontario at the Under-23 Canadian Women’s rugby championship in Toronto.