It was one of those nights for York University athletes.
And for people who received 37 tweets in the space of an hour or so, good grief. Every time someone appeared to win something at York – a tweet. People wanting to say how wonderful they felt being at the event – a tweet. Or, I like this one, how beautiful the red and white balloons looked. Again, a tweet.
I know, excitement filled the air at the annual York U salute of athletic achievements.
The formal release hasn’t come out just yet.
What’s either very interesting, timely or done in a manner of political correctness, is the attention given to the York women’s volleyball team.
Top York coach, and deservingly so, went to Nick Tran. Ah, he was the OUA Coach of the Year.
The York women’s volleyball team, get this, accepted the “Spirit Award” for their tremendous character. My oh my. Must have been some interesting comments around the team table. The team, in first place after the season ended, was disqualified after the first playoff game for using an ineligible player.
If it was me, I would have given them all free tuition – because the DQ was not the fault of the players.
Nothing was ever said on the York website about the embarassment. Almost as if the team had just disappeared when in the best interest of telling the truth, an explanation was warranted on the kerfuffle – including admission by those responsible for making a boo-boo that led to a season ending prematurely.
And, a third award of the night, the top female athlete. Yes, volleyball player Melissa Humana-Paredes, an outside hitter and OUA all-star.
Almost forgot to mention that Dontae Richards-Kwok was the York male athlete of the year. A fourth year student, he had been chosen as the top male athlete at the CIS indoor track and field finals after winning the 60 metres (6.73) and 300 metres (33.74). Richards-Kwok also represented Canada at the World University Games in China finishing 8th in the 100 metres last year.
The party must be over. The tweets have stopped.