Hoops stars are DC’s top athletes

On April 10, Durham College honoured all of its male and female varsity athletes at its annual athletic banquet.

Ajahmo Clarke of the men’s basketball team, and Kauri LaFontaine of the women’s basketball team, were named male and female athletes of the year.
“Being with this group of girls, my mom, and my sister as the assistant coach, has definitely made this exciting,” said LaFontaine. “It’s just good to be here at Durham College and win.”
LaFontaine grew up in Whitby, and is currently a first year student enrolled in Project Management at Durham College. Her mother, Heather LaFontaine is the head coach for the women’s basketball team.
First year student, Clarke, is from Ajax, and is studying Recreation & Leisure at Durham College.
“I definitely want to thank God, my teammates and especially my coaches for making me a better player,” said Clarke.
He spent a lot of time in the offseason working on his game to become a leader for his team.
“Improving my conditioning and ball control in the offseason is something I had to work on,” said Clarke.
The event was held at General W. Sikorski hall in north Oshawa on a rainy evening, but the weather did not bring down the mood of athletic director, Ken Babcock.
“This is my favourite night of the year,” said Babcock. “It gives us an opportunity to celebrate and recognize our amazing student athletes and coaches.”
The ceremonies began with words from the athletic director himself, then a few words from Durham College president, Don Lovisa.
Before announcing the male and female athletes of the year, the athletes and coaches were shown a short video. The video consisted of highlights from all the teams this year.
Athletes cheered for their fellow teammates every time they saw one another on the big screen. The night was filled with excitement and respect, as every athlete cheered for each award winner.
“Our tagline is success matters, and we definitely live by it,” said Babcock.