Aiden Perrott and Abi Lewis were named male and female athletes of the year at Haliburton Highlands Secondary School’s athletics celebration June 12.

The 44th annual ceremony took place in the high school’s theatre.

An emotional Lewis said, “I’m very proud of myself. I think there are many, many girls that definitely deserve the same award. I’m really honoured to be the athlete of the year and I’m so honoured that others also think that.”

Perrott said on winning the award, “it definitely means a lot. I’ve put in a lot of hard work to get here and being recognized for it means a lot. I also want to say thanks to all my coaches. They’ve helped me along the way.”

There were also awards for most valuable players, and leadership, presented during the ceremony. Coach Erin Smith of the varsity girls’ soccer team said of her team, they can “match up against anyone”. Similarly, coach Nichole Fielder of the varsity rugby mens’ team said that others, “would never have known that they had a rookie team”.

Coach Janice Scheffee, the head athletics teacher at the school, recognized the history of the event as well as the honouring of the athletes at the high school. “I arrived here as a staff member many years ago and I’ve simply tried to carry on the legacy that was set before me… and supporting and promoting the fact that we have a great athletic program here at HHSS,” she said.