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coyotes feb 28 270The Ontario Minor Track Association [MTA] held its annual Rick Westwood Athlete of Excellence banquet in Toronto on Saturday, February 23. The event honours the top Grade-9-and-Under athletes from the 2018 year based on their performances during the indoor, outdoor, and cross country season.

In previous years the MTA only recognized their Grade 8-9 Seniors, but this year they expanded their awards to include all age groups, with 43 athletes accepting trophies for events including sprints, jumps, throws, distance, and cross country running.

The Georgian Bay Coyotes were in attendance as Freja Kulakowsky, a Grade 3 student from the Town of Blue Mountains, accepted her award. She was in the Mite Girls category and won for her medal-winning efforts during the indoor and outdoor track season for the 400m and 800m, as well as her provincial winning gold medal at the MTA Cross Country Championships held in Meaford back in October.

Photo: Freja Kulakowsky won her first Provincial Award at the MTA Awards Banquet in Toronto on February 23. Coyote coaches Kevin Hooper and Steve Leary were there to celebrate her award.