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Maverick Players awarded Quest for Gold standing

2015 / 01 / 30

The Quest for Gold (OAAP) program is a funding model for young high performance athletes which allows them to continue in their training towards elite performance. Since the implementation of the high performance model several Maverick Alumni have been awarded this status ( a record 7 individuals in 2012). However it is rare that athletes currently in our program are awared this status and even more so when one is more than a year away from graduation.

Specific objectives of the Quest for Gold Program are: 

  • To help athletes continue their pursuit of athletic excellence at the highest levels of national and international competition;
  • To encourage athletes to stay in Ontario to live and train;
  • To compensate athletes for earnings lost while training during their summer school break;
  • To enable athletes to successfully pursue excellence in sport while fulfilling their educational goals;
  • To increase athletes’ access to high performance coaching; and
  • To enhance training and competitive opportunities available to athletes.

Candidates must firstapply in writing to the program, recieve recommendation fro a coach or club executive and then attend an evaluation camp where their physical potential and skill are put to the test amongst the top athletes in the province.

Kevin Lebreux who is a member of the 17u boys Desperados is definitely the youngest member of our club to have been awarded this honour. A lifetime Maverick, Kevin stands 6'10" and moves and jumps like a much smaller player. (He recently topped the Desperados in his FMS scoring results). Kevin has also been invited on multiple occasions to participate in training sessions with athletes at the National Team  FTC (full time training centre) in Gatineau. He was even invited to play alongside team Canada players in their annual fall Black and Red game. Kevin is a  straight A student at St Peter CHS and is also an active beach player in the summer.

Alina Dormann is a member of our Premier division leading Mustangs 18u girls team. A high flying left hander who is coveted by many CIS and NCAA coaches to join their programs.

Alina is a grade 12 student at Brookfield HS in Ottawa and has the rare distinction of playing both Team Ontario Beach and Indoor volleyball last summer. Dormann is a fluid natural leaper who can play both the middle and on the right for coach Bruce Dunning. She too has spent time training with the Men's full time centre in Gatineau, an interesting opportunity for this young lady. The University of Toronto (#4 in Canada) seems to be the preferred destination for next season to augment both her indoor and beach development (much like former Maverick Alum Charlotte Sider who currently plays on the FIVB beach tour and was an OUA all-star last season).

While Lebreux and Dormann are posted on the unofficial list of recipients also of note on the list are 2 alternates with Maverick ties. Tatiana Kozbenko is another member of the Mustangs and a grade 12 IB student at Colonel By S.S. Tatiana is a 6'1" middle who has played her entire career in the Maverick program as well as playing with Team Ontario last summer. Tatiana has officially committed next season here at home as she will continue the Gee Gee stable that has become increasingly Maverick in it's pedigree.

On the boys side is former Maverick and current Pakmen 18u player Stephen Kary. Stephen is a 6'7 middle from Lisgar HS and currently ommutes to compete with Pakmen 18u boys in MIssissauga.

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