Snow Ridley’s female athlete of the year
Ridley College’s Female Athlete of the Year award was the icing on the cake for Shailynn Snow.
Snow was named the winner of the C. W. Dorland Memorial Trophy, awarded to the girl who has contributed the most to the girl’s athletic program either through proficiency or zeal.
“It was really nice,” Snow said of the award.
The award capped off a memorable season for the 18-year-old native of Newfoundland.
In January, Snow was a member of Team Canada who beat the United States in overtime to win the gold medal at the under-18 women’s world hockey championship in Obihiro, Japan. She was also a key cog for the Prep girls hockey team which claimed the Canadian Independent Schools Athletic Association championship.
“It’s definitely one of my dreams come true playing for Team Canada back in January and making history with Ridley this year and pursuing my dreams at St. Lawrence,” Snow said. “It’s all surreal, really.”
Snow was quick to give credit to those who helped her achieve her goals.
“It’s definitely a lot of hard work and dedication that goes into it and I wouldn’t be where I am today without my coaches (Amanda Wark and Celeste Doucet), my family and friends, and everyone who supported me.”
Snow said the championship with the Tigers was especially satisfying.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a better feeling, but it is a different feeling when you’re the underdog,” she said. “No one thinks you can win and then you go out and prove just how good you are and how motivated and how all your hard work has paid off.”
Snow, who was named the JWHL (Junior Women’s Hockey League) Offensive Player of the Year, also took home the JWHL’sLiz Turgeon Player Of The Year Award, which is awarded to the JWHL player who embodies positive attitude, incomparable work ethic, fierce competitor, and puts her teammates before herself and has made invaluable contributions to her team, and has significant individual statistics.
Snow joined Ridley in 2016 after being noticed by Wark and Doucet at a showcase tournament in Prince Edward Island.
“I wasn’t really expecting anything. It was kind of see what happens and where it goes but I can honestly say it (attending Ridley) was the best decision I made. This year, I’m going to miss it so much and I can’t wait to go back and visit everyone.”
Snow will be studying kinesiology and business at St. Lawrence.
“I had a lot of options. I think I picked St. Lawrence because it reminded me a lot of Ridley. It was a close community. Everyone knows everyone. There’s a lot of connections there and I felt it was the best fit for me.”
Snow hopes to continue playing at the international level as well.
“I’m hoping to make the Olympic team. That would be the overall goal.”
A story on Max Blanchard, co-male athlete of the year along with Jaden Bediako, appeared July 22.
A story on Bediako will be posted in the coming weeks.
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