Joe DeRush Memorial Award
Joanna is a special
needs athlete whom has had great success in a number of
athletic endeavors. Joanna attends Alexander
Mackenzie Secondary School. Joanna has developed
into an accomplished young athlete who performs well
both in and outside the classroom. Joanna's
successes are numerous and her work ethic is excellent.
Her recent achievements have assisted her in developing
a strong measure of self esteem.
Joanna participates in a number of in school activities.
She does intramural basketball, volleyball and soccer.
She readily participates in our daily integrated
physical education program. She was the first
special needs student to participate as a member of the
Alexander MacKenzie W.O.A.A. (Western Ontario
Athletic Association) indoor soccer team.
Joanna (r) with her brother
Daniel accepting her award.
approached by Mark MacDonald, who is a teacher and track
coach at A.M.S.S. and also the head coach of Athletics
Southwest Track and Field Club. Joanna was entered
in the Lambton track and field championships in the 100
metre ambulartory category. Joanna went on to win
this event at L.S.S.A.A, S.W.O.S.S.A, O.F.S.S.A.
Regionals and brought home a gold medal from O.F.S.S.A.
The school was very excited with Joanna's success and
the fact that this is the first time in the school's
history that A.M.S.S. has won a gold medal at any
Joanna competes in a number of Special Olympic
activities She participates in 5 and 10 pin
bowling, swimming and track and field. Joanna has
competed locally, regionally and provincially in these
activities where she has earned many medals and plaques
at each level of competition. Most recently at the
Special Olympic Provincial summer games, she won a
silver and a bronze in track and field events.
Joanna also participates in sledge hockey program and
swims on a regular basis at the Y.M.C.A. She is an
active member of her church and presently holds down two
part time jobs at Wendy's and Famous Players Theatres.
Joanna is an exceptional young lady who has had great
success despite her challenges and would make a great
addition to the Sarnia Sports Hall of Fame.
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