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2017 Orillia Athlete Of The Year

Orillia | by Ken Hashizume  

19 year old cyclist Ali Van Yzendoorn says she wants to continue to mentor young athletes.

A competitive cyclist is the 2017 Orillia Athlete of the Year.
19-year-old Ali Van Yzendoorn was announced as the winner at Monday's Orillia Council meeting.
Van Yzendoorn is a graduate of Patrick Fogarty and is in her first year at the University of Waterloo studying Kinesiology.
She competed in the 2017 Canadian National Track Championships finishing third in the points race and second in team pursuit.
Van Yzendoorn says the award reinforces that the morning practices are paying off and is doing the best that she can.
She says despite the hard work she would still have been cycling because she enjoys it.
Van Yzendoorn says she would like to continue mentoring young athletes.
She says Orillia is a supportive community and anyone can do what they want if they put their mind to it.
Van Yzendoorn says she has not made up her mind whether competing in the Olympics is in her future.
She says she wants to focus on her studies but is going to continue training.
It marks the second year in a row that a female has won the Orillia Athlete of the Year (Quintin Hoch-Bullen).
Van Yzendoorn joins a list of previous winners including Walter Henry, Brian Orser, Ethan Moreau, and Bill Watters.
Other nominees for the award were:
Kyle Heitzner (hockey)

Michael Montgomery (lacrosse)

Ben Barzo (baseball)

Dipinekumar Patel (cricket)

Jack Marwick (lacrosse)

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