Rugby player Frédérique Rajotte was named Female Athlete of the Year, while hockey player Anthony Beauregard and wrestler Francis Carter were co-winners of Male Athlete the Year honors at the annual Concordia Stingers gala awards banquet attended by more than 400 people on April 6 at the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall in Montreal.
A fifth-year centre, Rajotte is the recipient of Female Athlete of the Year for the second time in her career. Her first honour came in 2016.
For the third consecutive season, she was an RSEQ all-star and a U SPORTS all-Canadian. Last November, she was also named the outstanding player in U SPORTS women’s rugby.
“She really established herself the dominant player in university women’s rugby,” said Graeme McGravie, head coach of the Stinger women’s rugby program. “She has great all-round skills. She’s a smart player. The way she sees the game, her vision, she’s head and shoulders above other players.”
Beauregard was the leading scorer in U SPORTS and the OUA. In 28 games he scored 19 goals and added 41 assists for 60 points. That’s a full 14 points more than the second-leading scorer in U SPORTS men’s hockey.
A high-flying centre, he was the recipient of the Senator Joseph A. Sullivan Trophy as the U SPORTS player of the year in men’s hockey. The last time a student-athlete from Concordia won this award was in 1976.
The OUA MVP and U SPORTS all-Canadian played a significant role in helping the Stingers win three playoff series and reach the national championship tournament for the first time since 1984.
At the end of the season he signed a contract with the Montreal Canadiens’ AHL farm team, the Laval Rocket.
Carter won a gold medal and was named the outstanding male wrestler at the U SPORTS national championships at the end of February.At nationals, the third-year athlete won three preliminary matches in the 68 kg weight class.
In the gold medal match, he defeated Matt Jagas of the powerhouse Brock Badgers. It was a hard-fought 3-2 decision.
This year, Carter represented the Stingers at four university meets. He won gold medals in three of them, including the Concordia Invitational, and a silver in the fourth competition.
He recently competed at the Canadian senior championship and finished third at 70 kilos.
A complete list of award winners is below:
Ron Lapointe Award for academics, athletics and community service – Andreas Krawcyzk, rugby
Denise Beaudet Award for academics, athletics and community service – Laura Lamontagne, soccer
Male Rookie of the Year – Carl Neill, hockey
Laurie Brodrick Award/Female Rookie of the Year – Coralie Dumont, basketball and Lidia Fillion, hockey
Fittest Female Athlete – Melinda Prévost, hockey
Fittest Male Athlete – Mickael Côté, football
Marvin Cooper Award - presented to a student-athlete who has successfully overcome adversity – Moritz Wittmann
President's Awards (combination of athletics and academics)- Alexandra Nikolidakis, hockey; Audrey-Anne Allard, hockey; Francis Carter, wrestling
Michael Di Grappa Award of Distinction for career contribution to Stingers – Alex Tessier, women’s rugby; Vincent De Marinis, wrestling
Athletic Valedictorians – Frédérique Rajotte, rugby; Olivier Georges, soccer