Oak Bay’s de Goede named U Sports’ player of the year

Head coach says she is ‘an incredibly worthy recipient of this honour’

After a remarkable first season that saw Sophie de Goede from Oak Bay named U Sports’ rookie of the year, the student-athlete took things one step further in 2018.

Wednesday de Goede was named U Sports’ player of the year in women’s rugby as the national award winners were celebrated at an annual gala.

“I am very honoured to receive this award,” de Goede told Oak Bay News. “It’s humbling to know the caliber of players we have in the U Sports competition, and I consider myself lucky to have the opportunity to develop alongside them.”

READ MORE: Mother and daughter share rugby legacy

READ MORE: Oak Bay rugby family tops national awards

Head Coach Dan Valley said de Goede is an “incredibly worthy recipient of this honour.”

“Her on-field performance and leadership have played an important part of our program’s success this season,” he told U Sports. “Sophie is a true student of the game with a tactical and technical understanding that are rare for a second-year student-athlete.”

“One of the things I admire most about Sophie is that her mentality is always team-first – she doesn’t compete with the intention of racking up accolades for herself,” he added.

The second-year commerce student and back row for the Gaels – which is how Queen’s University sports teams are called – had an incredible 2018 season serving as a team captain.

She finished the season with eight tries and three conversions for 46 points, and added another two tries and two conversions in the Ontario University Athletics playoffs, helping Queen’s University secure a provincial silver medal.

The two-sport athlete (basketball and rugby) captained the Canadian Rugby U20 team this past summer and will join the university’s women’s basketball team after the rugby season concludes.

The former Oak Bay High student is the daughter of former national Canadian rugby men’s Captain Hans de Goede and women’s Canadian Captain Stephanie White.

“I think she’s amazing,” White told Oak Bay News Friday. “I’m very, very proud of her.”


 

flavio.nienow@oakbaynews.com

Follow us on Instagram
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

‘We thought it was an earthquake,’ homeowners okay after tree falls

Mature tree falls on roof of Victoria Avenue house

Hydro pole fire closes portion of Metchosin Road in Colwood

Motorists are advised to avoid the area of Metchosin Road near Royal Bay

Saanich roads doused in more than 300 tonnes of salt during snowstorm

Crews cleared roads around the clock during the mid-January storm

Strong winds expected in Greater Victoria Friday evening

Winds are expected to ease Saturday morning

VIDEO: The Victoria byelection leads a selection of today’s news stories

A selection of Greater Victoria top stories for Jan. 17

Theft victim confronts suspects with baseball bat on Vancouver Island

RCMP in Nanaimo seek to identify of two people alleged to have used a stolen credit card

Closed mills, housing surge support a positive forecast for lumber industries

B.C. lumber producers have closed mills accounting for 18% of province’s capacity, RBC report says

Kelowna’s ‘Baby Mary’ finds biological parents after more than 30 years

Geneologist and DNA test helped her connect with her biological parents

Clerk bruised, traumatized after armed robbery at Nanaimo liquor store

Few details on male suspect in Wednesday incident, says Nanaimo RCMP

One last blast of winter tonight for parts of the Island before temperatures on the rise

A snowfall warning is in effect Friday including east Vancouver Island.

POLL: Has the recent snow had an impact on your daily life?

Old Man Winter had Greater Victoria in his icy grip this week.… Continue reading

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Jan. 14

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

‘Scariest boat ride of my life’: Passengers trapped by ice on rocky B.C. ferry sailing

The Nimpkish docked in Bella Coola on Jan.12 coated in a thick layer of ice

Most Read