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Bursary Winners for 2023 Introduced

The Hall of Fame filled with family and friends tonight ready to congratulate the 2023 bursary winners. Awarded annually to 4 deserving student-athletes, the $2,000 bursaries are made possible through fundraising done by the Hall of Fame volunteers, in particular Jack’s Annual Golf Tournament.

Delaney Hancock, Parker Miller, Alexis (Lexi) Thompson Jenkins and Erik Unger were on hand tonight to be introduced to the community and receive their cheques! Starting the event, chair of the Hall Patricia Bronson brought greetings on behalf of the Board of Directors, which was then followed by Master of Ceremonies Linda de Jeu introducing each individual.

What follows is a summary of the litany of accomplishments of this talented group!

Delaney Hancock

Delaney is an honours student and a graduate of St. Peter Secondary School. She will be attending St. Thomas University in Fredericton New Brunswick in the fall – studying in the Bachelor of Arts Program.Delaney is a multi-sport athlete playing field hockey, soccer, badminton, ice hockey and track and field for the Saints.  She was also a member of the varsity running club.  Won many MVP awards Her leadership skills by becoming a soccer official for minor soccer, a hockey timekeeper, a lacrosse timekeeper and a fitness leader for the Ice Kats training camp. In high school she was a LINK leader and a peer tutor in a special needs physical-education class and a member of the Athletics council.In the community she has played hockey for the PGHA Ice Kats, Soccer with the Oshawa Kicks, Ice Hockey for the Central York Panthers U18 AA team and has been a member of the Kawartha Lakes Lightning running Club. 
On top of all of these community and school athletic commitments Delaney completed volunteer work for Kawartha Food Share as a food sorter, volunteered at Girls with Game Basketball camp as an instructor, been a Peterborough City soccer camp instructor, volunteered to bake for the Humane Society Fundraiser on National Cupcake day and volunteered her time at the Saints Classic Tournament.

Parker Miller

Parker is an honours student  and a graduate of Adam Scott Collegiate.  He will be attending McMaster University in Hamilton this fall studying Business. In high school Parker was very involved.  He played volleyball, basketball, soccer and ultimate and was captain of the soccer and basketball teams. In ultimate he was awarded the gold medal game MVP honours as his team won back to back OFSAA championship in 2022 and 2023 as well as winning the 2023 Nationals gold medal game MVP. Just this past year he was the captain of the basketball team that won the OFSAA Bronze medal.    Parker led his team not only to the bronze medal but the Lions team was awarded the OFSAA Sportsmanship Award – awarded to one team at each OFSAA championship.  In the community he has played basketball with the Time 2 Hoop program – again leading as captain, played rugby in the Pagans program  and ultimate. Parker has developed his leadership skills by coaching basketball and soccer at local summer camps, coaching and organizing a grade 6 youth basketball house-league team, officiating basketball, scoring and timing at basketball games, tournaments and camps. He has also assisted with training sessions for Peterborough youth basketball and Time 2 Hoop program. He was also a camp counsellor at the Raiders summer basketball camp.  As well as his obvious love of basketball he is a level 1 CISA ski instructor. 

Alexis (Lexi) Thompson Jenkins

Lexi  is an honours student who is a  graduate of the Edge program at Crestwood Secondary School.  Lexie will be attending the University of Oregon on a Lacrosse Scholarship  studying human physiology in September.

Lexi is a multi sport athlete who excels in both team and individual sports. During her high school career at Crestwood she participated on the basketball, volleyball, wrestling, lacrosse and rugby teams as well as individually on the track and field , cross country running and the Nordic ski teams. She was a captain of her teams in lacrosse, basketball and rugby. She earned numerous Kawartha and COSSA individual championships as well as being named MVP in basketball and wrestling.  At the year end athletic banquets – Lexi  was recognized for her athletic achievements by being awarded the Larry Pearson Award, the Sportsmanship award and the Dysart Award 3 years in a row.  In addition to these awards she earned the title of Crestwood “student of the year” which recognizes leadership, character and athletics. Beyond her high school hours Lexi was active in community athletics as well. She was a member of the Kawartha Lacrosse club, played box lacrosse with Team Ontario, was a Peterborough Power basketball player, a Kawartha Nordic Ski club member and a member of the Peterborough Legion Pacer track and field club.With all of this involvement one has to wonder if there are any hours left in the day BUT Lexi still found time to develop her leadership skills by coaching and officiating rugby at the local elementary school, volunteering her time with the Pagans mini’s program as well as coaching house league lacrosse and officiating youth soccer.In the community she was active with Kawartha Food Share program as a “porch pirate”, volunteered at Champlain animal hospital and was an “amigos” which is a lunch time support program for the LLS students at Crestwood. 

Erik Unger

Erik is an honours  student who is a graduate of Adam Scott CollegiateHe will be attending the University of Massachusetts – Amherst studying Mechanical Engineering and competing on the track and cross country teams.Erik is a multi sport – individual athlete who has competed in track and field, cross country running and Nordic skiing. He has won almost every Kawartha, COSSA and OFSAA event he has competed in.  At OFSAA – which is the provincial high school championships he has 4 gold medals, 2 silver medals and a 4th place finish.  He is a Paul Burke Honour Athlete, earned his senior and junior athletic letter and numerous MVP awards in all 3 sports. He has 4 All Ontario Awards from Athletics Ontario, in 2022 he was named one of the top 10 athletes in Peterborough by the Examiner, the 2022  Running Lane USA All American Selection and he has received the Member of Parliament Award  in recognition of his U18 National Cross Country Championship win in 2022.In the community Erik has raced and skied in local, provincial, national and international events.  He has many championships and awards at each level of competition. An inspiration to all – athletes and coaches alike. He has volunteered his time with Skate Canada as a youth instructor, Peterborough recreational power skating, cross country race volunteer and a relay for life participant. 

Top Row (L-R): Patricia Bronson with Erik Unger, Delaney Hancock, Parker Miller, Lexi Jenkins, Clifford Skarstedt (Peterborough Examiner) and David Tuan Bui (Ptbo Canada) preparing their posts, and the audience!

Congratulations to each of these very deserving student-athletes!