Portage Collegiate Institute (PCI) has been honouring their athletes for countless years with the PCI Athletics Celebration, with this year being a great highlight for many.   

PCI’s Athletic Director, Jo’Anne Clark Gillespie shares that there were 255 student athletes this year with approximately 80 adult supervisors and teachers assisting in making the athletic department such a success. Clark Gillespie expresses what this event means to her.   

“We call it the celebration of athletics and awards because we want to celebrate the achievements and efforts of all our student-athletes. PCI wants to recognize all the time and dedication our volunteer coaches have put forth.” She continues, “With the athletic program, by all coming together and not just recognizing the individual award winners and the major awards, but just to celebrate our athletic program as a whole is what we appreciate.”   

Clark Gillespie says how great the graduating class this year has been. Many have given all four high school years to the athletic program and represented the school positively. She notes how PCI has appreciated their dedication and was happy to recognize them in this way.   

Madison Klyne received the Gage Foster Athletic Scholarship Fund. She describes her gratitude for accepting this important award.   

“It's a big honour to get this award and it means a lot to me. Knowing the story behind Gage and his past, I feel that I can relate to being involved in many of the sports and giving lots of my time to all the sports that I've played. I'm very grateful to have received this award.”   

Klyne notes her highlight from the sports program was the honour of being named team captain of the Varsity Saints Basketball Team. She shares her thanks to Clark Gillespie for making the day possible, as well as congratulations to the other PCI athletes.

Madison Klyne accepting Gage Foster Athletic ScholarshipMadison Klyne accepting Gage Foster Athletic Scholarship

Connor Knott was the winner of the Male Athlete of the Year, as well as the Trojans Varsity Volleyball MVP. He says his highlight from the world of PCI sports was being able to play sports with his friends and teammates, as well as being able to appreciate the hard work put forth by everyone.   

Knott is furthering his education next year in Winnipeg to pursue a career in electrical engineering. He notes that he looks forward to continuing his dedication to the sports community in the years to come.   

Connor Knott winning Male Athlete of the YearConnor Knott winning Male Athlete of the Year

The sports awards ceremony is expected to continue its success in the upcoming years. Clark Gillespie mentions the promising future that PCI has to look forward to. Check out the picture below of all the student-athletes and volunteers from PCI.