Saanich grad spikes B.C. competition

Volleyball player Shanice Marcelle named province’s University Athlete of the Year

Spectrum community school grad Shanice Marcelle capped her university volleyball career at UBC by being named University Athlete of the Year.

Spectrum community school graduate Shanice Marcelle, a volleyball phenom now playing for UBC, was named the University Athlete of the Year at the 48th Annual Sport BC Athlete of the Year Awards earlier this month.

“I am truly honoured to be recognized as the university athlete of the year in British Columbia,” she said in an email to the News after the March 5 ceremony. “There is so much talent in this province at all levels and it is inspiring to be recognized among these amazing individuals. I am incredibly grateful for the experiences I have had throughout my university career.”

Currently living in Dresden, Germany, Marcelle, 23, is in her first season as a professional volleyball player with a top club team – Dresden SC.

While it’s hard to harken way back to her years at Spectrum, she says high school prepared her for the rigours of being a professional athlete.

“As a student and an athlete in high school I was able to develop time management skills, learn the importance of teamwork and strengthen my mental capacities before making the move to UBC.”

Last year she earned the Jim Thompson Trophy as the top university female athlete in Canada and the Mary Lyons Award as the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Player of the Year. Marcelle also won her fifth consecutive national championship with UBC in 2013.

“My university highlight would have to be winning the CIS championship last year in Sherbrooke with my family in the stands,” she said. “It was a special moment to share something so big with my mother, Tracey, my biggest fan and my continual source of inspiration. Nothing will compare to sharing that joy with someone so important to my life.”

She comes home to Canada in two months to join the national program for the summer.

Another Saanich student, football star Marcus Davis, who joins UBC football in the fall, was named Male High School Athlete of the Year in B.C. after leading the Mount Douglas Rams to a third-straight provincial high school ‘AAA’ championship.

Just Posted

Ancient microbes discovered off the Juan de Fuca Ridge potentially offers glimpse into alien life

The marine bacteria is dependent on hydrogen, a compound present almost everywhere

Saanich rental project wins silver by going ‘green’

The Verve rental housing project stands at the corner of Boleskine Road and Whittier Avenue

Volunteers needed for annual Mother’s Day walk

Breast Cancer Society of Canada hosts annual Mother’s Day event

Sidney Lions dish $4,000 to help build on growing trishaw bike charity

Cycling Without Age Society draws attention as far off as Washington

420 celebrations turn over new leaf at B.C. legislature

Cannabis is legal for the first time in the 21-year existence of the 420 event in Victoria

WATCH: Movie star and PACE alum Calum Worthy talks musical theatre and his career

“American Vandal” and “Austin and Ally” actor has been returning to the program for over 20 years

POLL: How often does your family use BC Ferries?

Navigating the lineups for BC Ferries is a way of life for… Continue reading

Crime Stoppers most wanted for Greater Victoria for the week of April 16

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

QUIZ: How much do you know about Easter?

Take this short quiz and put your knowledge to the test

B.C. VIEWS: NDP’s lawyer show is turning into a horror movie

Court actions pile up over pipelines, car insurance, care aides

Global Affairs warns Canadians in Sri Lanka there could be more attacks

A series of bomb blasts killed at least 207 people and injured hundreds more

Waste not: Kootenay brewery leftovers feed the local food chain

Spent grains from the Trail Beer Refinery are donated to local farmers and growers, none go to waste

Deck collapses in Langley during celebration, 35 people injured

Emergency responders rushed to the Langley home

Most Read