Athletes of the Year
Ashtyn McKenzie, Women’s Volleyball
2015-16 Ambrose Lion’s Female Athlete of the Year
The Female Athlete of the Year is annually awarded to the female athlete who sets herself apart from all others. She is considered top at her position, on her team and even recognized within her league. This year, Ashtyn fits that description. Ambrose University has been blessed to have this young lady represent the Pride for the past two years. Ashtyn has a drive that is second to none. Constantly wanting to practice, craving feedback, and willing to put in the extra mile, this gal has a relentless pursuit of excellence and an extremely diligent work ethic to hone her craft. She leads her team in the weight room and in physical testing, pushing her teammates with a focused intensity to keep raising the bar. These qualities, combined with her natural physical abilities, have caused her to grow immensely over the past two years, helping her to become one of the dominant attackers, blockers, servers, and even defenders, in the entire ACAC. Her statistics from the 2015-16 season very much speak for themselves. In the very competitive ACAC South division, she was 5th in kills/set, 5th in aces/set, and was 7th in blocks/set. She was a powerhouse both offensively and defensively, and combined with her sports IQ caused other teams to key on her in their game plans. This young lady also loves God, is quick to pray for those who may need a touch from God, and has a deep and courageous faith. She is a strong student athlete and has represented the Lions very proudly while she has competed here. She will be missed as she heads to perennial CIS powerhouse Trinity Western next year, but we are also extremely happy for her as she pursues her dream. Congratulations to Ashtyn McKenzie, winner of the 2015-16 Ambrose Lion’s Female Athlete of the Year.
Kyler Shula, Men’s Basketball
2015-16 Ambrose Lion’s Male Athlete of the Year
The Male Athlete of the Year is annually awarded to the male athlete who sets himself apart from all others. He is considered top at his position, on his team and even recognized within the ACAC. This year’s winner accomplished that and more. Kyler Shula was not only his team’s MVP and an ACAC 1st Team All-Conference winner, but was also recognized with the very prestigious All-Canadian Award (that recognizes him as one of the best basketball players in the entire Canadian Colleges Athletic Association). This young man has had a year for the books and not many could argue his worthiness in receiving this award. Averaging 25 points per game (2nd in the ACAC), 2.1 steals per game (3rd in the ACAC South), and 5.4 assists per game (5th in the ACAC South), Shula had the respect of the entire ACAC league and even nationwide in the CCAA. Kyler is a class-act individual and has remained humble and respectful throughout this year filled with winning award after award. He is a very hard working young man and is constantly in the gym getting extra reps and improving his skills. This basketball player knows what it means to take his God-given abilities and put in the “sweat equity” to hone his craft and game to higher levels. In the first year of ACAC competition, Kyler has helped the Men’s Basketball team enter the league and turn some heads, seeing them narrowly miss the playoffs by just one spot and beat many of the top teams. This young man is someone the team can rally around, and he is helping establish a strong team culture for the future. The Lion’s are blessed to have him returning next year and are extremely excited to see what he will do for an encore. Congratulations to Kyler Shula, the 2015-16 Ambrose Lion’s Male Athlete of the Year.
Contact: Colin Kubinec, Director of Athletics & Campus Recreation
Phone: 403.410.2000 ext. 2983