Mary Lyons Award
SportIndoor volleyball
LeagueU Sports
First awarded1981 to Andrée Ledoux
Most recentCourtney Baker,
Dalhousie Tigers

The Mary Lyons Award is awarded annually to the women's volleyball player of the year in U Sports (previously named Canadian Interuniversity Sport).[1] The award is named after Mary Lyons who served as president of the Ontario-Quebec Women’s Conference Intercollegiate Association (OQWCIA) and the Ontario Women’s Intercollegiate Athletic Association (OWIAA), and as a director of the Canadian Women's Interuniversity Athletic Union (CWIAU) and the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union (CIAU).[2][3] Lyons, a graduate of Queen's University and the State University of New York, also served as Co-ordinator of Women's Interuniversity Athletics at York University for 26 years and coached the York Yeowomen volleyball team for seven years.[4]

Eight players have won the award multiple times, but no player has claimed the award more than twice. The Winnipeg Wesmen program has featured the most winners of the award, with nine, including the most consecutive winners with seven from 1983 to 1989.

List of winners

Season Winner Team
1980-81[1] Andrée Ledoux Laval Rouge et Or
1981-82[1] Karin Massen Dalhousie Tigers
1982-83[1] Jamie Hancharyk Winnipeg Wesmen
1983-84[1] Jamie Hancharyk Winnipeg Wesmen
1984-85[1] Ruth Klassen Winnipeg Wesmen
1985-86[1] Ruth Burchuk Winnipeg Wesmen
1986-87[1] Brenda Boroski Winnipeg Wesmen
1987-88[1] Brenda Boroski Winnipeg Wesmen
1988-89[1] Monica Lueg Winnipeg Wesmen
1989-90[1] Lara Melville Victoria Vikettes
1990-91[1] Michelle Sawatzky Manitoba Bisons
1991-92[1] Michelle Sawatzky Manitoba Bisons
1992-93[1] Diane Scott Winnipeg Wesmen
1993-94[1] Sandy Newsham Winnipeg Wesmen
1994-95[1] Lorriann Sawatzky Manitoba Bisons
1995-96[1] Miroslava Pribylova Alberta Pandas
1996-97[1] Miroslava Pribylova Alberta Pandas
1997-98[1] Louise Wlock Manitoba Bisons
1998-99[1] Jenny Cartmell Alberta Pandas
1999-00[1] Jenny Cartmell Alberta Pandas
2000-01[1] Alisa Marriott Calgary Dinos
2001-02[1] Kathy Preston Manitoba Bisons
2002-03[1] Marylène Laplante Laval Rouge et Or
2003-04[1] Joanna Niemczewska Calgary Dinos
2004-05[1] Joanna Niemczewska Calgary Dinos
2005-06[1] Marylène Laplante Laval Rouge et Or
2006-07[1] Tiffany Dodds Alberta Pandas
2007-08[1] Laetitia Tchoualack Montréal Carabins
2008-09[1] Laetitia Tchoualack Montréal Carabins
2009-10[1] Liz Cordonier UBC Thunderbirds
2010-11[1] Shanice Marcelle UBC Thunderbirds
2011-12[1] Kyla Richey UBC Thunderbirds
2012-13[1] Shanice Marcelle UBC Thunderbirds
2013-14[1] Lisa Barclay UBC Thunderbirds
2014-15[1] Rachel Cockrell Manitoba Bisons
2015-16[1] Iuliia Pakhomenko Thompson Rivers WolfPack
2016-17[1] Meg Casault Alberta Pandas
2017-18[1] Marie-Alex Bélanger Montréal Carabins
2018-19[1] Kiera Van Ryk UBC Thunderbirds
2019-20[1] Courtney Baker Dalhousie Tigers


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao "Mary Lyons Award (Play of the Year)" (PDF). U Sports. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  2. ^ "Former York women's varsity coordinator Mary Lyons passes away". Ontario University Athletics. October 6, 2014. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  3. ^ "Obituaries, Mary Elizabeth Lyons". Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  4. ^ "Hall of Fame, Mary Lyons". York Lions. Retrieved July 27, 2020.