Mount Doug's Lindsay Cole honoured with Stephanie Doney Memorial Scholarship

Posted by Vancouver Island Ladies Field Hockey Association on Oct 11 2014 at 03:04PM PDT in Season 2014-15

VICTORIA – The annual Bridgman Cup girl’s high school tournament is currently being held at the University of Victoria over Thanksgiving weekend, Oct. 10-12. Every year the tournament breaks to encourage the high school teams to watch the UVic Vikes in their Canada West match up. Prior to Saturday’s game Carrie Trumpy, Chair of the Bridgman Cup committee, made a special presentation.

Since 2002, it has been tradition at the Bridgman Cup for the annual Stephanie Johnston (Doney) Memorial Scholarship to be awarded. This year the Bridgman Cup committee was very pleased to announce Victoria’s Mount Douglas Secondary graduate Lindsay Cole as the 2014 winner. Cole becomes only the second winner from Mount Doug, after Laura Fairburn won in 2006.

Lindsay is an exceptional student and gifted athlete in multiple disciplines. Academically, Lindsay was an Honour Roll student from 2010-2013 with a 5.0 GPA in each of those years. She was a multiple scholarship winner and placed in the top 25% for the annual national mathematics for three years. Athletically, Lindsay has been named Mount Doug’s most valuable player in basketball and track and field and was Female Athlete of the Year for three years (2010-2013). Lindsay excelled in badminton, basketball, ice hockey, soccer and pole vault, but has selected field hockey as her primary sport to pursue.

In field hockey, Lindsay has competed on the BC Under 18 team that won gold at the 2014 National Championship and was awarded the most outstanding Under 18 player in the Vancouver Island Ladies League for 2014. In addition, Lindsay was identified as a target athlete for the Canadian junior national field hockey program and the midfielder has attended multiple training camps to date.

Lindsay has won multiple accolades athletically and academically. She was honoured by CTV’s “Amazing Kid” segment and has aspirations to pursue a career in medicine. Lindsay is now a first-year student at the University of Victoria in science and is one of the standout rookies on the UVic Vikes women’s field hockey team. Lindsay has stepped on to the Vikes as one of the lead goal scorers and has shown her versatility in playing both midfield and forward.

In her limited spare time between training and studies, Lindsay has also volunteered her time as a coach and umpire in the Victoria Junior Field Hockey Association and has been a part of Mount Douglas Park Creek Restoration’s project team.

Stephanie was a graduate of Esquimalt High School where she excelled at Track and Field and Field Hockey. She went on to complete her teaching degree at the University of Victoria where she was a valuable member of the Vikes Field Hockey Team. During Stephanie’s teaching career she was the coach of several school teams taking them to the provincial championship level. Stephanie was an active member in the Victoria Women’s Field Hockey Association right up until she was diagnosed with leukaemia.

As an athlete she excelled in all sports, and could turn her hand to anything. She was competitive, hardworking and inspirational, showing sportsmanship at all times.

As a person she was loving, genuine, and generous, beautiful inside and out. As a mother of three small children she was devoted, as a friend unforgettable. She died in March 1991 at the age of 39, but her amazing qualities as a person and athlete live on in the memories of her family, friends and students and are valued by the recipients of the Stephanie Johnston (Doney) Memorial Scholarship.

Each year the Stephanie Johnston (Doney) Memorial Scholarship is awarded at the Bridgman Cup. Previous winners include:

2014 Lindsay Cole – Mount Douglas Secondary
2013 Gillian Kirkpatrick – Oak Bay High
2012 Maddie Secco – Oak Bay High
2011 Kathleen Leahy – Oak Bay High
2010 Adrienne Shepherd – Oak Bay High
2010 Julie Williams – Lambrick Park
2009 Lauren Goodmanson – Lambrick Park
2008 Aly MacKay – Lambrick Park
2007 Kate Shepherd – Oak Bay High
2006 Laura Fairbairn – Mount Douglas Secondary
2005 Teagan McInnes – Lambrick Park
2004 Victoria Hughes – Lambrick Park
2003 Emma Carbery – Oak Bay High
2002 Sandy Barreda – Oak Bay High