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Gavin Hamilton named Carleton University Co-Male Athlete of the Year (2007)
By:  Team XCOttawa   (2007/03/29)

Drew Love, Director of Recreation & Athletics, is pleased to announce the 2007 Major Award recipients at the annual Varsity Banquet tonight at St. Anthony’s Soccer Club. Osvaldo Jeanty, a fifth year Commerce major from Ottawa, Ontario who led the Men’s Basketball program to their Fifth Consecutive CIS National Championship and Gavin Hamilton, a fourth year Biology student, from St. Catharines, Ontario, who led the Men’s Nordic Ski team to the CCUNC/CIS National Championship have been selected as Co-Male Athletes of the Year. Rachel Baxter, the third year Sociology major from Ottawa, Ontario, who led the Ravens Water Polo program to the 2006 OUA Championship, is the Ruth Coe Memorial Award recipient, as Female Athlete of the Year.


In his fifth and final year the veteran Guard of the Men’s Basketball team, Osvaldo Jeanty, kept his promise to his Coach Dave Smart and teammates by leading the Ravens to the 2007 “Final 8” Championship Tournament by averaging 17.1 points per game during the 22 game OUA East regular season. Jeanty and his teammates finished first in the OUA East with a 19-3 record and proceeded to capture the OUA East crown with an exciting 65-63 victory over the University of Ottawa Gee Gees, to earn a berth in the Championship Tournament. Jeanty was named First Team OUA East All-Star, OUA East Player of the Year, First Team All-Canadian (CIS) and the recipient of the Mike Moser Memorial Award symbolizing the CIS Men’s Basketball Player of the Year.

In the CIS “Final 8” Tournament Jeanty averaged close to 20 points per game as Carleton went on to win their Fifth straight CIS Men’s Basketball National Title. Jeanty was named to the CIS “Final 8” All-Tournament team and becomes the sixth CIS student-athlete to accomplish five Championships in five years of eligibility.

Hamilton, emerged as the leader of a very talented Men’s Nordic Ski team that captured the program’s Third CCUNC/CIS Men’s National Title in the past seven years. The fourth year Biology major won the 10km Free Skate and 15km Classic races at the National Championships, helping Carleton defeat second place Lakehead University by a whopping 147-team points. The biggest margin of victory in the three National Titles! Hamilton’s times and results in the other races earned him the 2007 CCUNC/CIS Male Nordic Ski Racer of the Year honors and helped Carleton clinch the National Championship.

The veteran Nordic Skier also helped Carleton earn the 2007 OUA Silver Medal by winning three Medals at the OUA Championship. Hamilton earned a Bronze in the 10KM Free Race, Silver in the 15km Classic Race and anchored the 3x4km Relay Race team that earned the OUA Silver Medal. In addition to being named All-Canadian, Hamilton was also an OUA All-Star and finished 3rd overall in the OUA Individual Rankings.

Baxter, won an unprecedented third straight OUA Scoring Title, in just three years of competition. Rachel scored a team and league high 29 goals in the regular season leading the Carleton University Ravens Women’s Water Polo team to a 6-2 regular season finish and setting up a Championship Match with the two-time defending OUA Champions McMaster Marauders. Baxter would go on to score five more goals in the playoffs as Carleton would come from, behind to win the 2007 OUA Title, 5-4 over McMaster. The fifth league title in the program’s 20 years as a member of the OUA.

The Sociology major would be selected an OUA All-Star, OUA Player of the Year, an OUA Tournament All-Star and the OUA Tournament Most Valuable Player. Winning every possible award a Water Polo athlete could obtain in the 2006 OUA season.


Osvaldo Jeanty, Men’s Basketball and Linnea Rudachyk, Women’s Nordic Ski are the 2007 Carleton University Graduating Athletes of the Year. Jeanty caps off a brilliant Carleton University/CIS career with five CIS National Titles in five years. Osvaldo was named the Most Valuable Player of the CIS Championship Men’s Basketball Game four straight years, 2003 to 2006, and the CIS Championship Most Valuable Player in 2003 and 2006. In addition, Jeanty became the first Carleton University student-athlete to earn a BLG Award symbolizing the CIS Athlete of the Year in June of 2006. Jeanty won numerous awards over the years from team Most Valuable Player to City of Ottawa’s Male Athlete of the Year in 2006. Jeanty was honored on both sides of the border as in 2006 he received the Radio-Canada/Le Droit Male Athlete of the Year Award. Jeanty opened the door to many francophone student-athletes to earn their degree and play for Carleton University in their second language. Jeanty becomes the 7th Men’s Basketball player to receive the Jack Vogan Memorial Medal in the past 8 years.

Rudachyk, started he Carleton Career by winning the 2004 CCUNC/CIS National Championship with the Ravens. Linnea became the team leader as Megan McTavish, a two-time Ruth Coe Memorial Award recipient, graduated and she led by example the past three years as Carleton earned OUA Team Medals in 2005 and 2007 and earned the 2007 CCUNC/CIS National Bronze Medal this past month. A two-time OUA All-Star the Political Science major, from South River, Ontario also anchored two 3x2km Relay Teams to OUA Bronze Medals in her career. She leaves behind a very talented team to continue the great success the Nordic Ski program has enjoyed over the past four years.


Steve Baird, Carleton University’s Women’s Water Polo Coach will be honored as the Carleton University Coach of the Year, the Pat O’Brien Memorial Award, for Coaching excellence. Baird is the architect of the five OUA Women’s Water Polo Championships and the four-time OUA Coach of the Year earned this award by taking a very talented team to their 20th straight OUA post season appearance and defeating the two-time defending Champions, McMaster, 5-4 in a thriller.

Baird has led by example of the years; the Ottawa Native is a graduate of Carleton University (with a degree in sociology/psychology) who help start the Men’s varsity program in the late 1970’s and along with teammate Mike Hall-Jones started the Women’s program in 1986-87.



Men’s Basketball – Osvaldo Jeanty
Women’s Basketball – Susan Shaw-Davis
Men’s Fencing – Ben Riley
Women’s Fencing- Elizaveta Samokhina
Women’s Field Hockey – Rachel Devenport
Men’s Golf - Chris Collins
Women’s Ice Hockey – Caitlin Cadeau

Men’s Nordic Ski – Gavin Hamilton

Women’s Nordic Ski – Linnea Rudachyk

Men’s Rowing – Paul Amesbury
Women’s Rowing – Alexandra Gadawski
Men’s Rugby – Scott McLeish
Men’s Soccer - Roberto Gutierrez
Women’s Soccer - Amber Prosia
Men’s Swimming – Trevor McLoughlin
Women’s Swimming – Heather Macdonald
Men’s Water Polo – Dejan Suletic
Women’s Water Polo - Rachel Baxter


2006-2007 Carleton University Major Award Recipients:


  1. Pat O’Brien Memorial Coach of the Year


Steve Baird, Head Coach Women’s Water Polo Team


Led Ravens to OUA Championship

Led Ravens to 20th Consecutive OUA Post Season Appearance

Led Ravens to 17th OUA Provincial Medal (in 20 Years)

Ravens finished Second with OUA regular Season Record of 6-2-0 & 2-0 in Post Season.


  1. Graduating Male Athlete of the Year-Jack Vogan Memorial Award


Osvaldo Jeanty, Men’s Basketball Team

Gloucester, Ontario-Commerce (5)


First Year

Named to the OUA East All-Rookie Team

Named to the 2003 CIS “Final 8” Championship Tournament Team

Named MVP of the CIS “Final 8” Championship Tournament.

Named MVP of the CIS “Final 8” Championship Game

Led Ravens to the school’s First CU National Championship

Second Year

Named to the OUA East First Team All-Stars

Named MVP of CIS “Final 8” Championship Game
Led Ravens to second CIS National Championship in school’s history.

Third Year
Named CIS Second Team All-Canadian

Named OUA East First Team All-Star

Named MVP of CIS “Final 10” Championship Game

Named to CIS “Final 10” Championship Tournament Team

Named CU Male Athlete of the Year

Led Ravens to Third Consecutive CIS National Championship

Fourth Year

Named CIS First Team All-Canadian

Named CIS Men’s Basketball MVP (Mike Moser Award)

Named OUA East Player of the Year

Named First Team OUA East All-Star

Named OUA Player of the Year

Named CIS Male Athlete of the Year (BLG Award)

Named CU Male Athlete of the Year

Led Ravens to Fourth Consecutive National Championship

Fifth Year

Named OUA East First Team All-Star

Named OUA Player of the Year

Named First Team All-Canadian

Named CIS Men’s Basketball Player of the Year (Mike Moser Award) Second Time

Named CU Male Athlete of the Year

Led Ravens to fifth straight appearance in National Championship Tournament


3. Male Athlete of the Year (Co-Recipients)


Gavin Hamilton, Men’s Nordic Ski Team

St. Catharines, Ontario-Biology (4)


Named OUA All-Star

Finished 3rd IN OUA (100 Skiers) at OUA Championships

Won Bronze Medal in 10km Free Race (32:21.1) at OUA Championship
Won Silver Medal in 15km Classic Race (49:43.4) at OUA Championship

Anchored 3x 4km Relay Race Team that won Silver Medal (40:03.2) at the OUA Championship

Led Ravens to 2007 OUA Team Silver Medal at Championships

Won the 10km Free Skate Race at CCUNC/CIS National Championships

Won the 15km Classic Race at the CCUNC/CIS National Championships

Named CCUNC/CIS All-Star (All-Canadian)

Led Carleton Ravens to a CCUNC/CIS National Championship-Team Gold Medal




Osvaldo Jeanty, Men’s Basketball Team
Gloucester, Ontario-Commerce (5)


Named OUA East First Team All-Star

Named OUA Player of the Year

Named First Team All-Canadian

Named CIS Men’s Basketball Player of the Year

CU Ravens Team Captain

Averaged 17.1 points per game, 3rd Best in OUA East (120 Players in OUA East)

Named City of Ottawa Male Athlete of the Year (February, 2007)

Led Ravens to Fifth Consecutive OUA East Regular Season Title

Led Ravens to Fifth Consecutive CIS Men’s Basketball National Championship berth.

Francophone Male Athlete of the Year (Radio Canada/Le Droit) (February, 2007)


4. Female Athlete of the Year-Ruth Coe Memorial Award


Rachel Baxter, Water Polo

Ottawa, Ontario-Sociology (3)


Named MVP of OUA Regular Season

Named MVP of OUA Post Season

Won OUA Regular Season Scoring Title with 29 Goals

Won OUA Post Season Scoring Title with 5 goals

First Team OUA All-Star

First Team OUA All-Tournament All-Star Team

Led Ravens to 6-2 regular season and OUA Championship (School’s Fifth Water Polo title)


5. Graduating Female Athlete of the Year


Linnea Rudachyk, Women’s Nordic Ski Team


South River, Ontario-Political Science (4)


First Year

Member of OUA Provincial Champions

Member of Second Relay team, as Rookie, that finished 3rd

Second Year

Led Ravens to 4th Place finish overall, as Veteran of Team

Finish 11th overall (100 OUA Skiers)

Third Year

Led Ravens back to Medal Podium-OUA Bronze Medal

Was Named First Team OUA All-Star

Finished in the Top 10 (out of 100 OUA Skiers) 10th overall

Anchored the 3x 2km Women’s Relay Team to an OUA Bronze Medal

Fourth Year

Led Ravens to OUA Provincial Bronze Medal

Anchored Ravens 3 x2km Relay Team to OUA Bronze Medal

Finished 8th overall (out of 100 OUA Skiers)

Named First Team OUA All-Star

Veteran-Captain of Nordic Ski Program


Athletes of the Year, Graduating Athletes of the Year (1999-Present)




Athlete of the Year

2006-07 Osvaldo Jeanty, Basketball & Gavin Hamilton, Nordic Ski

2005-06 Osvaldo Jeanty, Basketball

2004-05 Osvaldo Jeanty, Basketball

2003-04 Mike Smart, Basketball

2002-03 Rob Smart, Basketball

2001-02 Jafeth Maseruka, Basketball

2000-01 Rob Smart, Basketball

1999-00 Anson Brewster, Soccer & Matt Cook, Nordic Skiing


Graduating Athlete of the Year

2006-07 Osvaldo Jeanty, Basketball

2005-06 Keegan Harris, Swimming

2004-05 Mike Smart, Basketball

2003-04 Paul Larmand & Josh Poirier, Basketball

2002-03 Jafeth Maseruka, Basketball

2001-02 Rob Smart, Basketball

2000-01 Andras Szeri, Water Polo

19999-00 Terry Vilayil, Basketball




Athlete of the Year

2006-07 Rachel Baxter, Water Polo

2005-06 Eva Szabo, Nordic Skiing

2004-05 Mihaela Jekic, Fencing

2003-04 Megan McTavish, Nordic Skiing

2002-03 Megan McTavish, Nordic Skiing

2001-02 Mary-Jo O’Brien, Field Hockey

2000-01 Michelle McEvoy, Field Hockey

1999-00 Marianne Illing, Water Polo


Graduating Female Athlete of the Year

2006-07 Linnea Rudachyk, Nordic Skiing

2005-06 Dasa Farthing, Basketball & Libby Starnes, Soccer

2004-05 Stacey Siopis, Soccer

2003-04 Asta Wallace, Soccer

2002-03 Mary-Jo O’Brien, Field Hockey

2001-02 Marianne Illing, Water Polo & Michelle, Field Hockey

2000-01 Rosie Warden, Basketball

1999-00 Erika Mayer, Soccer

For further information on the Carleton University Ravens, contact David Kent, Sports Information, 613-520-2600 x8512 / 613-293-5368 david_kent@carleton.ca


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