Lambton College students Thomas Kingma and Cobie McIlhargey are the recipients of the 2018 Tracy Parnham Outstanding Athletic Achievement Award. The pair were presented with their plaques at this month's Athletic Awards Banquet by Lisa Veenandaal and Ruth Devaney.
Thomas is a second year student in the Community Integration through Cooperative Education (CICE) program who is focusing his studies in the carpentry field. He has been a team member of the Lambton College varsity soccer team for the past two seasons. He started playing soccer when he was five and still plays for the Taxandria First Division men’s team.
This was Cobie's second year winning this award. Cobie is a second year student in the Community Integration through Cooperative Education program who is focusing her studies on early childhood education. Cobie has been involved in athletics since the age of two when she began figure skating. She has been actively involved in figure skating, dance, swimming, golf, curling, and gymnastics most of her life.
The Outstanding Athletic Achievement Award is named after long time college employee Tracy Parnham who passed away earlier this year.
Tracy was awarded the Lambton College Athlete of the Year Award in 1989 alongside current Athletic Director John Faragher.
"Tracy's involvement with CICE and athletics positively touched the lives of many students," says Faragher. "She was active with the Best Buddies program on campus and was instrumental in developing this Outstanding Athletic Achievement Award."
Tracy worked in the Community Integration through Cooperative Education program at Lambton College from its inception in 2004 until the summer of 2017. She was a fierce advocate for the inclusion of all students, both with and without learning differences. Tracy was very intentional and took the time to learn about each and every CICE student, particularly supporting and encouraging student involvement in the area of Sports and Recreation. She understood how participating in extracurricular sports, both as a spectator and a team player, was an important piece of the overall college experience.
Tracy led by example as she attended as many Lambton College sporting events as she could. If she knew a student that was participating on a varsity or intramural team, she would be one of their biggest supporters. She combined Best Buddies events with home games and would often take up a large piece of the bleachers with a group of energetic and enthusiastic spectators.
Tracy took it upon herself to nominate two CICE students each year for Outstanding Athletic Achievement, allowing their abilities to shine.