March Athletes of the Month - Ali Cameron & Chaz Johnson
The Kodiaks announced women’s basketball player Ali Cameron and men’s basketball player Chaz Johnson as the March Athletes of the Month at Lethbridge College.
First-year General Studies student Cameron, originally from Raymond, Alta., was recently named the 2015 women’s basketball player of the year both in the provincial conference (the ACAC) and in the national association and was named a Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) All-Canadian. She was first in scoring in the ACAC this past year, averaging 22.4 points per game, and second in steals. Cameron helped lead her team to a silver medal finish during the CCAA national championships in March was a Kodiaks Athlete of the Month in November.
“This year has been awesome,” says Cameron. “We grew together as a team and considered each other family. I couldn't have asked for a better year and group of girls to end my basketball career on!”
First-year Wind Turbine Technician student Johnson, originally from Spokane, Washington, was instrumental is leading the Kodiaks to their gold medal finish during the ACAC provincial championships and their first appearance at the CCAA nationals championships since 2009 in March where they finished with a bronze medal. Johnson was named tournament MVP during provincials and was named to the ACAC First Team All-Conference, and the CCAA All Canadian Tournament Team. Johnson was also a huge contributor to the team winning the Fair Play Award at the national championships.
“It was an interesting and fun season with a very different type of team than I've ever been a part of,” says Johnson. “We had great team chemistry and peaked as a team at the right time, resulting in us achieving our first goal which was to win the ACAC provincial championship.”
Johnson continued that the team came up short of its next goal, which was to win a national championship. He added that their goal for next year will be to “get as many returning guys as possible, win another ACAC championship and go back to nationals to get a gold.”
“Kodiaks Athletics has come to a close after a competitive season and what a way to finish,” says Todd Caughlin, Manager of Athletics, Residence and PE Operations. “We had three teams earning CCAA medals and more individual honors that show the true character of Kodiaks Athletics and our student athletes.”
Caughlin adds that the March athletes of the month are great ambassadors in earning this recognition.
“Both Ali and Chaz are senior leaders on their teams and helped take the programs to the CCAA championships,” Caughlin adds. “To have both our teams win the ACAC titles which was a first in the ACAC since the 1996-97 season is an amazing sense of accomplishment. Great year and great way to finish it!”