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Sports News - April 28, 2008

Jasmin Cull Presented OCAA Male Athlete Of The Year Award

HAMILTON, ON - "It is only fitting that one of the most gifted athletes ever to play here at Mohawk College has been recognized as the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) Athlete of the Year," stated Mohawk College Athletic Director, Laurie Cahill of Jasmin Cull this afternoon at the presentation ceremony in Hamilton.

Jasmin Cull - OCAA Award Apr08 "His ability to train is a credit to himself, his coaches and his teammates. It is amazing how much preparation he has put in to take himself to the next level as an athlete," continued Cahill.

Jasmin's preparation and passion for the game was reiterated by Mohawk Volleyball's Assistant Coach and former teammate Matt Schnarr, who spoke of his growth as a player and as a person, and what he meant to his team's success which saw his Mountaineers team capture the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) National Championship bronze medal.

Unable to attend the ceremony was Head Coach, James Bradley, but the coach sent along his words of praise prior to the event.

"Jasmin's season really speaks for itself," said Bradley. "His individual stats are a measure of how dominating he has been all season long. His six points per game and almost two aces per game are a grade on his abilities. His playoff numbers are even more impressive, with 10 points per game in the final versus Algonquin College and without any errors. Then there are the records. Breaking the aces record in five matches! The mark of 38 being shattered, almost doubling it at 65! The numbers really do speak for themselves individually. As a member of the team he was vital in going undefeated in Ontario, including tournament and exhibition play. Winning gold, virtually uncontested and going on to win bronze at the CCAA National Championship…there is not much you can do better."

As for Cull and his thoughts on the recognition, he was not near as boastful stating, "It is a great achievement to know all of the hard work and training throughout the summer and the season has paid off. It is nice to be recognized with the award, but if I had it my way, I would make it the OCAA Athlete/Team of the Year award, because I could not have done any of it without them and they will always be a part of something I will never forget."

The ceremony was attended by the standout volleyball player, his family, teammates and numerous friends and he was presented with a commemorative poster of his play from the season, trophy, certificate and an honorarium sponsored by Volley Sport Plus (VSP).

Jasmin Cull 2007-08 Athletic Bio:
          School: Mohawk College, Hamilton
          Hometown: Ancaster, ON
          Sport: Men's Volleyball

Accomplishments:
          CCAA Men's Volleyball Player of the Year
          CCAA Team National Bronze medalists
          CCAA All-Canadian
          CCAA Athlete of the Month
          CCAA Championship Tournament 1st Team All-Star
          OCAA Men's Volleyball Player of the Year
          OCAA Provincial Gold Medal
          OCAA Provincial Championship Tournament MVP
          OCAA West/Central West Scoring Champion
          OCAA Overall League Scoring Champion
          OCAA West/Central West 1st Team League All-Star
          OCAA Team of the Week
          OCAA Athlete of the Week (Nov. 19, Jan. 21 and Feb. 26)
          OCAA Record tying 12 aces in a match (vs. Fanshawe)
          OCAA Record 65 aces in a single season
          OCAA All-time Career aces leader
          OCAA Team (Mohawk) aces in a match record 25 (vs. Canadore)
          OCAA Team (Mohawk) most aces in a season 157
          Mohawk College Most Outstanding Male Athlete
          Mohawk College Men's Volleyball Team MVP

The OCAA governs intercollegiate sports and promotes physical activity in its member institutions through quality athletic and campus recreation programs. It offers 15 varsity sports to 30 member institutions throughout Ontario. For more information on the OCAA, visit www.ocaa.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

          Lindsay Bax
          OCAA Marketing & Communications
          Phone: (416) 426-7041
          Fax: (416) 426-7308
          Email: bax@ocaa.com