Russell Outhwaite of Killarney School was one of four recipients of the Manitoba’s Credit Unions High School Scholar Athlete Awards.
These $1,000 scholarships are awarded to graduating high school student athletes who maintained a minimum 85% average and competed in at least two interscholastic sports.
Other criteria included school, community, volunteer, and citizenship activities. The other three award winners were Katelyn Dorsch of Warren Collegiate, Ayva Khan of Vincent Massey Collegiate and Russell Outhwaite of Killarney School.
The presentation took place at a ceremony hosted by Her Honour, the Honourable Janice C. Filmon, Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba at Government House. Awards were presented by the Lieutenant Governor Janice C. Filmon, MHSAA Past President Irene Nordheim, and Tim Klassen of Manitoba’s Credit Unions.
Russell Outhwaite holds an academic average of 90% while participating in volleyball, golf, hockey, basketball, track & field, badminton, baseball, and football. He was the captain of his volleyball team and led the team in aces, digs, blocks, and assists. He was captain of his hockey team and was fourth in the league for scoring among defenceman. Russell was also named captain of his basketball team, was a Zone finalist for badminton, Zone 9 golf team champion, a gold medalist at the Royal Rumble track & field meet for discus and is the pitcher for his baseball team. Russell is an honour roll student and is a member of the grad organizing committee, eco-club, plays football for the Souris Sabres, and club volleyball in Brandon. He is a volunteer at the community service day, eco-club garden construction team and a Terry Fox run participant.
"School sports have allowed me to make friends throughout the province," stated Outhwaite. "I would not have had the opportunity to meet so many people if I just stayed at school in the classroom. Some of our biggest rivals in one sport are suddenly on my teammates for another sport. I have learned so many technical skills for the various sports I compete in but the leadership and character building the coaches have taught is something that will benefit me late in life, I’m sure. Our hockey team captured the AA Provincial Championship, and the experience is something I’ll remember my entire life. I feel very fortunate to have made those memories with my teammates!"
The other three award winners were Katelyn Dorsch of Warren Collegiate, Ayva Khan of Vincent Massey Collegiate and Andrew Penner of Morris School.