Celebrated for an amazing season
16-year-old Devon Borody won Volleyball Manitoba's Age Class Player of the Year Sunday night. Her team, the U16 Cobras, were awarded the Manitoba Order of Sport and Excellence Bronze Award. (submitted photo)
It was a perfect way to end an incredible season as a 16-year-old
Grade 10 Portage Collegiate Institute athlete Devon Borody has been involved in sports for years and after an incredible volleyball season, Borody, a member of the U-16 Cobras team, was awarded the Manitoba Order of Sport and Excellence Bronze Award along with Volleyball Manitoba's Age Class Player of the Year award for U-16 girls.
“It’s been a really exciting year,” says Borody. “You never expect to go all the way to the National Championship but we did. We just played our best and it all came together.”
Borody and her teammates cruised to a provincial championship on the court, and after that climbed the ranks nationally. The Cobras fell 2-0 (26-24, 25-11) to the Black Hurricane of Ontario in the championship final at the 2018 Volleyball Canada Nationals in Edmonton, Alta.
Borody is no stranger to tough competition as she played on the PCI Saints varsity girls volleyball team this season as a grade 10 athlete. She says there was a lot of travelling with her Cobras team from Winnipeg.
“The (Cobras) started around January and we practiced Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and sometimes even Sunday,” says Borody. “We didn’t really play in a league. We just went to tournaments throughout the year. It was a hand-picked team that I was selected for which is exciting.”
Borody is not just a star on the volleyball court as she picked up some hardware recently at the Manitoba High School Athletic Association’s provincial track-and-field championships. She brought home two bronze medals for PCI, the first came in long jump where she finished with a jump of 4.88 metres. The second medal came from the discus where she tossed a 25.93m.
“It was a really exciting weekend for me with getting presented with the awards for volleyball, and winning a couple of medals at provincials,” she adds. “It was hard to balance track and volleyball this year and winning those medals made it extra special.”
Borody plans to work out and train in the offseason to get even better on the volleyball court.