Sydney, N.S. – Cape Breton University's Department of Athletics is proud to announce this year's Major Award winners as selected by the athletic department, coaches and academic advisors.
This year's Male Athlete of the Year is awarded to 4th-year soccer CAPER Peter Schaale. The Bernkastel-Kues, DE native provided the CAPERS with solid defence and steady leadership as the team's captain. The 6'3 defender led the CAPERS to 10-0-2 regular-season record, a 4th consecutive AUS title, and a U Sports National Bronze Medal. Along with being awarded the CBU men's soccer MVP, Schaale was named AUS MVP for the second straight season and an AUS 1st-Team all-star. On the National level, he was named an Academic All-Canadian and a 1st-Team All-Canadian. Schaale also re-signed professionally with Canadian Premier League club HFX Wanderers.
This year's Female Athlete of the Year is awarded to 5th-year soccer CAPERS Ciera Disipio (Ottawa, ON) A former AUS Rookie of the Year, AUS MVP and 1st-Team All-Canadian, Ciera Disipio (Ottawa, ON) was named an AUS 1st-Team All-Star and U Sports 1st-Team All-Canadian. She was also named the AUS MVP for the 3rd-year in a row. She helped lead the CAPERS to the 2019 AUS Championship and a U Sports National appearance. She was also the first student-athlete to be awarded the prestigious Top 8 Academic All-Canadian award for the second consecutive time.
The President's Award was introduced to recognize the top academic performance among our student-athletes. Criteria for the award were developed with thanks to our academic advisor, Allen Britten. This year's recipient is being recognized for their effort during the 2019-20 academic years where she accumulated an overall average of 90.2% while working toward her Bachelor of Science degree. Recognized as an AUS 1st-Team All-Star and team captain, from Glace Bay, NS, the President's Award was awarded to MacKenzee Ryan.
The Kathy Reid Memorial Award to given to the student-athlete who was able to overcome physical challenges to have an incredible comeback season. This year's recipient from Blackpool, UK is Charlie Waters. After winning the AUS Rookie of the Year award in 2017, Waters was forced to sit out the entire 2018 season after suffering a season-ending knee injury. Waters returned to action in 2019 to lead the CAPERS in scoring with 10 goals and 5 assists.
The Credit Unions Most Outstanding Performance of the year award went to Alliyah Rowe (Kitchener, ON) . In the championship game of the AUS playoffs, the 2nd-seeded CAPERS found themselves losing 2-0 against the 1st-seeded Axewomen. Rowe then took over the game in the 31st minute by assisting on the CAPERS first goal to cut the lead to 2-1 entering the half-time break. The AUS Rookie of the Year then scored two highlight goals in the 60th and 62nd minute to give the CAPERS the 3-2 victory and another AUS title.
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER: Viktor Lyczywek (Toronto, ON)
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO TEAM AWARD: Jack Simpson (Redding, UK)
CAPER AWARD: Raine Lyn (Oakville, ON)
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Isaiah Johnston (Milton, ON)
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Peter Schaale (Bernkastel-Keus, DE)
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER: MacKenna King (Barrie, ON)
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Alliyah Rowe (Kitchener, ON)
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Ciera Disipio (Ottawa, ON)
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO TEAM: Amelia Carlini (Ottawa, ON)
CAPER AWARD: Madison Lavers (Halifax, NS)
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER: CJ Bennett (Brampton, ON)
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO TEAM: Jason Callaghan (Sydney, NS)
CAPER AWARD: Paul Watson (Mississauga, ON)
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Cooper Ward (Ipswich, AU)
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Osman Omar (Mississauga, ON)
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER: Sydney Guker-Wicke (Waterloo, ON)
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO TEAM: Monique Calliste (Toronto, ON)
CAPER AWARD: Rihanna MacDonald (New Waterford, NS)
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Hailey MacLeod (Marion Bridge, NS)
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: MacKenzee Ryan (Glace Bay, NS)