Swimmer Benjamin Rouzes, wrestler Keira Armstrong, basketball player Matthew MacEachern, and volleyball player Kwyn Kivell have been named U SPORTS Future Stars for February and March 2020.
Launched for the 2019-20 season, the new initiative is designed to highlight the next generation of U SPORTS student-athletes in the form of a Canadian high school Athlete of the Month program.
Through national team distributor T. Litzen Sports, Nike Team – the exclusive performance apparel partner of U SPORTS – will provide monthly prizing to all selected Future Stars Athlete of the Month winners, while also outfitting multiple influencers and ambassadors at U SPORTS member schools to represent Nike Team.
For more information, visit futurestars.usports.ca.
FEBRUARY FUTURE STARS
Male Future Star: Benjamin Rouzes, Tommy Douglas Secondary School
Benjamin Rouzes, a Grade 11 student from Tommy Douglas Secondary School in Woodbridge, Ont., was the only Titan to swim in two events at the Ontario Federation of Schools’ Athletic Association (OFSAA) Championships. He competed in both the 100m and 200m freestyle races, finishing with times of 1:04.58 and 2:17.49 respectively.
Rouzes qualified for the OFSAA Championships, by posting top-three times in both events at the York Region Athletic Association (YRAA) West Division prep meet in October, followed by a bronze medal in the 200m freestyle at the YRAA conference championships in December.
Female Future Star: Keira Armstrong, Cairine Wilson Secondary School
Keira Armstrong, a Grade 12 student from from Cairine Wilson Secondary School in Orléans, Ont., won a bronze medal at the OFSAA Championships in the 41 kg weight class. The Ottawa native went 4-1 en route to the third-place bout, winning each match by fall or technical fall before capturing a 9-2 decision over Guelph Collegiate’s Jananey Rajagopalan.
MARCH FUTURE STARS
Male Future Star : Mathew MacEachern, Bishop MacDonell Catholic High School
Mathew MacEachern, a Grade 12 student from Bishop MacDonell Catholic High School in Guelph Ont., finished the season strong in the Central Western Ontario Secondary Schools Association (CWOSSA), Despite the Celtics' 3-11 season, MacEachern was top three in scoring in eight of 14 games, highlighted by a 12-point effort on Jan. 14 in a 56-50 victory over Centre Wellington District High School.
Female Future Star : Kwyn Kivell, College Avenue Secondary School
Kwyn Kivell, a Grade 9 student at College Avenue Secondary School in Woodstock, Ont., helped the Knights to a 4-5 record in regular season play in Thames Valley Regional Athletics (TVRA) of the Western Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association (WOSSAA). College Avenue finished the season winning three out of their last four games en route to the quarterfinals, where they ultimately dropped a five-set match to East Elgin Secondary School.
2019-20 U SPORTS Future Stars Winners
|Month||First Name||Last Name||High School||Conference||Sport||Hometown|
|September||Quinn||Spicer||Sacred Heart CHS||YRAA||Rugby||Newmarket, Ont.|
|Devyn||Desjardins||Sacred Heart CHS||YRAA||Golf||Newmarket, Ont.|
|October||Nikola||Pucnin||Vaughan SS||YRAA||Basketball||Thornhill, Ont.|
|Samantha||Aube||St. Augustine CHS||YRAA||Field Hockey||Markham, Ont.|
|November||Ben||Landers||Medway HS||WOSSAA||Golf||Arva, Ont.|
|Clarissa||Sladek||Medway HS||WOSSAA||Cross Country||Arva, Ont.|
|December||Steve||Chen||Unionville HS||YRAA||Volleyball||Markham, Ont.|
|Samantha||Cowan||Mother Teresa CHS||WOSSAA||Basketball||London, Ont.|
|January||Andrew||Kadhe||Vaughan SS||YRAA||Soccer||Thornhill, Ont.|
|Jessica||Diep||Tommy Douglas SS||YRAA||Volleyball||Woodbridge, Ont.|
|February||Benjamin||Rouzes||Tommy Douglas SS||YRAA||Swimming||Woodbridge, Ont.|
|Keira||Armstrong||Cairine Wilson SS||NCSSAA||Wrestling||Ottawa, Ont.|
|March||Matthew||MacEachern||Bishop MacDonnell CHS||CWOSSA||Basketball||Guelph, Ont.|
|Kwyn||Kivell||College Avenue SS||WOSSAA||Volleyball||Woodstock, Ont.|