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Student design combines style and safety.
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Varsity sports

National championships in curling and badminton

Seneca second (and Athletic Association President) Courtney Mabee delivers at the CCAA Championship.

IT WAS A YEAR TO REMEMBER for the Seneca Sting, as national championships were won in two sports. The women’s curling team captured Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) gold for the first time since 1997-98, winning the annual OCAA Curling Championship with a 6-1 record. This foursome was chalked with stars, including skip Stephanie Van Huyse, who was named Seneca’s Female Athlete of the Year and lead Kim Headley, an OCAA first team all-star, as well as vice Kendra Pierce and second Courtney Mabee.

The win earned the Sting a ticket to the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Championship in London, Ontario. Under the leadership of coach Peter Cadorin, the women capped off a historic season bringing home gold, with only one loss throughout the bonspiel. It was Seneca’s first-ever CCAA Championship in curling and its 11th overall.

Meanwhile, in badminton, Wenchao Shi earned the Sting its 10th national title, winning men’s singles at the CCAA Championship, hosted this year at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo. Wenchao was up for the challenge, defeating the reigning national champ to secure his gold medal—a feat he accomplished three weeks after going undefeated at the OCAA Championships. For his outstanding season, Wenchao was named Male Athlete of the Year.

Seneca’s impressive badminton performances also included women’s duo Rachel Nham and Yan Zhou, who went 4-1 in round robin play before advancing to the CCAA Championship match, eventually capturing the silver medal. The two also went undefeated to win gold in the OCAA Championship. For Yan, it was her second straight year taking OCAA doubles gold. The men’s doubles team of Allan Tong and Peter Nie also took home bronze CCAA medals. Following a successful 2015-16 campaign, Seneca is now the proud owner of six CCAA badminton titles.

Catch the scores and highlights of all Seneca’s varsity teams: @SenecaSting


Linda Stapleton receives Art King Award

Linda Stapleton, Director of Sport and Recreation, was named the 2016 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Athletic Director of the Year.

Under Linda’s leadership, the Sting have captured a number of CCAA and Ontario Collegiate Athletic Association championships. She has also been instrumental in creating pathways for students as they prepare for their careers.

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