Pakhomenko up for BLG Award as athlete of the year

Iulia Pakhomenko. (TRU Athletics)

Iulia Pakhomenko. (TRU Athletics)

The WolfPack’s Iulia Pakhomenko is up for a BLG Award as CIS female athlete of the year.

Pakhomenko was already named CIS player of the year for women’s volleyball. Now she’s up against three others: Mélodie Daoust (McGill, hockey), Kylie Masse (Toronto, swimming) and Paloma Anderson (Acadia, basketball).

BLG Award winners receive the Jim Thompson trophy and a $10,000 post-graduate scholarship.

“It’s proof that hard work pays off. Iullia has worked hard in the gym in the off-season and to improve all aspects of her game. Quite often, the player who wins this honour is somoene who has reached the top of her game. It is my opinion that we haven’t seen the best of Iuliia yet. This year’s success is just another step on the ladder for her and, lucky for us, we have her for one more year,” said head coach Chad Grimm after Pakhomenko received her earlier award.

Pakhomenko was also named the Canada West player of the year and a first team Canada West all-star earlier this year.

Athlete of the year voting takes place on the CIS website. The awards ceremony will take place May 2 in Calgary.