A historic career concludes for Canada West's male athlete of the year

As Canada West's male athlete of the year—a first for any Spartan athlete—Chris was automatically nominated for the Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG) award, making him one of Canada's top four university athletes. The highest honour for a Canadian University athlete of any sport, the BLG announced its winners (one male, one female) on May 1. While Meehan was not named number one in the tight competition, most other awards bear his name.

The 6'6” super athlete was recognized by TWU's Department of Athletics not only for athletic excellence, but for scholastic achievement, leadership development, and quality of character. He was also awarded the Spartan Complete Champion award, the School of Business Spartan Athlete Award, and was named Spartan Athlete of the Year and Scholar Athlete of the Year.

“Chris is a very talented athlete with a strong desire to perform to the best of his ability,” says Ron Pike, men's volleyball coach, who coached this year's team all the way to number one in Canada. “What makes his achievement even greater, however, is the person Chris is. In Chris you get someone with impeccable character, a passion to pursue excellence, a genuine care for those around him and the desire to lead people. I consider myself very fortunate to have worked with Chris over the last five years.”

In addition to naming Meehan as Canada West Male Athlete of the Year, the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), an association comprised of forty-nine member institutions with over 10,000 student-athletes, named Meehan the CIS championship MVP and the first team all-Canadian. Accompanied by two teammates, Meehan was selected to attend the Annual Senior Men's Selection Camp, a try-out of sorts for Team Canada.

“Being named Canada West Male Athlete of the Year and being a nominee for the BLG award is a tremendous honour both for me and for Trinity Western University,” says Meehan, a Clearwater native.

Meehan credits his success to his coach and the staff at Trinity Western, who stand behind the Complete Champion Approach (CCA). CCA is unique to TWU—helps student-athletes become champions in all areas of their lives as they address their whole person (including spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional, and social aspects). Through the program TWU athletics seeks to equip student-athletes to succeed in dynamic environments, to experience personal success, to significantly influence those around them, and to enhance their personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

“Volleyball, in and of itself,” says Meehan, “isn't the actual end, it's the process that really matters and that is something that you carry to the end. To me, that comes down to the pursuit of a national championship. That is a goal that will recognize excellence throughout the year. But it is the process that you have to focus on, and the process that you have to enjoy.”

Career Highs for Meehan
20 vs. Stanford (10/27/01)
Attack Attempts
34 vs. Pepperdine (10/11/02)
34 at Manitoba (10/26/02)
Attack Percentage
1.000 vs. UBC (10/18/03)
5 vs. Manitoba (2/5/05)
Service Aces
8 vs. Winnipeg (02/17/06)
5 vs. Alberta (03/05/06)
8 vs. Pepperdine (10/11/02)
Total Blocks
16.0 at York, CIS Nationals (3/4/05)
Solo Blocks
4 at UBC (1/11/03)
4 at Manitoba (11/8/03)
4 at Manitoba (11/9/03)
Block Assists
14 at York, CIS Nationals (3/4/05)

About the BLG Awards:
Volleyball player Marylène Laplante, from the Laval University Rouge et
Or, and basketball player Osvaldo Jeanty, from the Carleton University Ravens, are the
2005-06 Canadian Interuniversity Sport female and male athletes of the year.
The winners of the 14th annual BLG Awards were announced on Monday night at the Jack Singer Concert Hall in Calgary. The event will be broadcast as a one-hour special on TSN on Saturday, May 13th at 11 a.m. EST.
For all the details on the 2006 BLG Awards, visit:
www.universitysport.ca and / or www.blgcanada.com/blgawards
2005-06: Marylène Laplante (Laval volleyball), Osvaldo Jeanty (Carleton basketball)
2004-05: Adrienne Power (Dalhousie track & field), Jesse Lumsden (McMaster football)
2003-04: Joanna Niemczewska (Calgary volleyball), Adam Ens (Saskatchewan volleball)
2002-03: Kim St-Pierre (McGill hockey), Ryan McKenzie (Windsor cross country & track)
2001-02: Elizabeth Warden (Toronto swimming), Brian Johns (UBC swimming)
2000-01: Leighann Doan (Calgary basketball), Kojo Aidoo (McMaster football)
1999-00: Jenny Cartmell (Alberta volleyball), Michael Potts (Western Ontario soccer)
1998-99: Corinne Swirsky (Concordia hockey), Alexandre Marchand (Sherbrooke track)
1997-98: Foy Williams (Toronto track), Titus Channer (McMaster basketball)
1996-97: Terri-Lee Johannesson (Manitoba basketball), Curtis Myden (Calgary swimming)
1995-96: Justine Ellison (Toronto basketball), Don Blair (Calgary football)
1994-95: Linda Thyer (McGill track & field), Bill Kubas (Wilfrid Laurier football)
1993-94: Sandra Carroll (Winnipeg basketball), Tim Tindale (Western Ontario football)
1992-93: Diane Scott (Winnipeg volleyball), Andy Cameron (Calgary volleyball)

Last Updated: 2007-10-11
Author: Erin Mussolum