At the Conestoga College annual athletic banquet Sarnia native Andrew Harpell was named the 2013 Male Athlete of the Year.
Harpell is a member of Conestoga College varsity men’s rugby team and a second-year student in the Powerline Technician program.
Harpell played scrum half in every game this year, helping lead the team to a second-place finish in the league and an unbelievably close OT loss in the playoffs that knocked them out of the gold medal game. He led the team in scoring with 30 points and was named an OCAA all-star and MVP of his team.
Conestoga Coach Kyle O’Neill praised Harpell for “constantly leading the team by example and [being] the one to set the bar in the first 10 minutes of the game,” describing him as a fearless player, and arguably the team’s best tackler, who would take on anybody who got in his way. He is expected to be a key returning player next year.
This former Northern Collegiate student played Rugby, Wrestling, and Football during his time at Northern. He was a member of the Northern Football team that went to the Skydome in the fall of 2010. Competed at OFSAA for wrestling three times and was the Captain of the Rugby team in his last 2 years in high school.
While at Northern he earned Male Athlete of the Year in 2010 and in his final year earned Most Outstanding Wrestler at SWOSSA and was the MVP for Rugby. For the last two seasons Harpell was a member of the Sarnia Saints and in 2012 was awarded Rookie of the Year.