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Black and Gold Athletic Awards

(Halifax, NS) – Due to the on-going world-wide COVID-19 pandemic, the annual Black & Gold Athletic Banquet was cancelled. Over the course of the last week, the 2019-20 award winners have been announced on the Tigers Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube channels, culminating in the announcement of the major award winners on Friday, April 3, 2020. 

This season, Dalhousie celebrated nine AUS championship titles, eight U SPORTS all-Canadian awards, 23 major AUS and U SPORTS awards, 49 AUS/RSEQ all-stars, five U SPORTS medals and volunteered over 4,000 hours of community service. Keevan Veinot, of the men’s basketball team earned his first Climo (male athlete of the year) award and women’s volleyball player Courtney Baker and women’s track & field athlete Lorena Heubach were named the co-winners of the Class of ’55 winner (female athlete of the year). 

The men’s basketball co-MVP, Keevan Veinot became the first Dalhousie Tigers men’s basketball player to be named the Atlantic University Sport conference’s most valuable player after leading the Tigers to their second-straight AUS championship banner win. 

He averaged a team-high 15.6 points per game and 5.5 assists per game playing in 19 of 20 regular season games this season. An AUS first team all-star, he was also named to the conference championship all-star team. 

Keevan became the first Dalhousie men’s basketball player to be named a U SPORTS first team All-Canadian and was named to the national championship all-star team after leading the Tigers to a silver medal finish. 

An AUS first team all-star for the fifth-consecutive time, Courtney Baker led the Tigers to their eighth-straight AUS championship title this season. 

She also became the first women’s volleyball player to be named the conference’s most valuable player in three-consecutive seasons. 

Courtney was also named a U SPORTS first team All-Canadian for the third-consecutive season and earned the prestigious title of U SPORTS Player of the Year. She is the first Dalhousie women’s volleyball player to earn the title since Karin Maessen in 1981-82. 

This is Courtney’s third-consecutive Class of ’55 award. 

Lorena Heubach had a tremendous amount of success in just her third year with the Tigers. She earned four gold medals at the AUS championships on her way to being named the championship MVP. She won the high jump, long jump, 60m hurdles and was a member of the first-place Tigers 4x200m relay team. 

The AUS field athlete of the year, she went on to win gold in the long jump at the national championships, earning U SPORTS first team All-Canadian honours in the process. 

The women’s track and field MVP, Lorena set new AUS, Dalhousie and Nova Scotia records in the long jump and a Dalhousie record in the pentathlon this season.



Complete list of award winners: 

Team Most Valuable Player Awards: 

(M) Alex Carson & Keevan Veinot
(W) Cheslea Slawter Wright

Cross Country
(M) Jonathan Goodridge
(W) Catherine Thompson

(M) Colton Heffley
(W) Natalie Stanwood

(M) Freddy Bekkers
(W) Maya Venkataraman

(M) Christian Payne
(W) Isabel Sarty

Track and Field 
(M) Matthew Coolen
(W) Lorena Heubach

(M) Graham Schmuland
(W) Courtney Baker 

Manager of the Year
Larry Cass, Men’s Soccer

Volunteer Awards
Andrea Plato, Men’s Basketball
Greg Forbes, Men’s Soccer
Dave Kent, Women’s Hockey
Simon Watts, Track & Field

Trainers of the Year:
Aaron Shaw, Men’s Basketball
Dean Rayner, Women’s Volleyball

Rookies of the Year:
(M) Evan Feick, Swimming
(W) Martine Nyhof, Swimming
(W) Morgan Leon, Soccer

Coach of the Year:
Rick Plato, Men’s Basketball

President’s Award for academics, athletics, leadership and community service:
(M) Matthew Coolen, Track & Field
(W) Victoria Haworth, Volleyball

Climo Award - Male Athlete of the Year:
Keevan Veinot, Basketball 

Class of ’55 Award - Female Athlete of the Year:
Co-winners Courtney Baker, Volleyball and Lorena Heubach, Track & Field


Dalhousie University recognizes the Tigers incredible individual and team accomplishments at the annual Athletic Awards Banquet. Awards are presented to student-athletes and team support staff for outstanding performances on and off the field of play. Each year athletes and team support staff at Dalhousie University make significant contributions and sacrifices for their sport, making this annual celebration of achievement part of the Tigers legacy.

Awards presented annually include:
Class of ’55 Award (Dalhousie’s Female Athlete of the Year)
Climo Award (Dalhousie’s Male Athlete of the Year)
President’s Award
Rookies of the Year (Dalhousie's Female and Male awards)
Coach of the Year
Most Valuable Performer Award (one per team)
Volunteer Award
Manager of the Year
Trainer of the Year
AJ Sandy Young Award (For great contribution to Nova Scotia sports)