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Pegg, Underwood named top athletes at Queen’s

March 26, 2014

Two rugby players were named Tuesday night as this year’s top varsity athletes at Queen’s University’s 78th annual Colour Awards in the Athletics and Recreation Centre gym.

Claragh Pegg won the PHE ’55 Alumnae Award. The fourth-year kinesiology student from Barrie helped the women’s rugby team win the Ontario University Athletics title and a bronze medal at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport championship. An academic all-Canadian, Pegg was named a conference all-star for the third time and an all-Canadian for the first time.

A fifth-year economics student from Toronto, Liam Underwood received the Jenkins Trophy as the outstanding male athlete. A member of Canada’s national rugby team and a two-time conference all-star, he led the Gaels to their third conference championship in the last five years in 2013.

Pegg was not the only member of the women’s team to be honoured Tuesday night. Karley Heyman, a Sydenham High School grad from Harrowsmith, won an Alfie Pierce Trophy as female rookie of the year. Heyman was named a conference all-star after finishing second in rookie scoring.

Together, they were instrumental in the conference-champion Gaels receiving the Jim Tait Trophy, now presented each year to the top performing varsity team.

Julie-Anne Staehli was selected for the exhibiting the outstanding performance of the year. She was second at the OUA cross-country championship in November, then won the national intercollegiate title two weeks later, helping Queen’s to the bronze medal in team competition. On the track, she won the women’s 3,000 metres and was third in the 1,500 metres at the Ontario meet in February, then repeated the gold-medal performance over 3,000 metres at the CIS championships in March.

Just last weekend, Staehli, from Lucknow, Ont., helped Canada win the bronze medal at the FISU championships in Uganda, where her seventh-place finish was the best among the Canadian women.

The other winner of an Alfie Pierce Trophy as the outstanding male first-year athlete was hockey goaltender Kevin Bailie. The first Queen’s player ever to win the Clare Drake Award as national rookie of the year, Bailie was also named most valuable player in the East division of the OUA.


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