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Watt receives honour as Manitoba AA girls' athlete of the year

Hapnot Collegiate's Gianna Watt has been named a provincial high school athlete of the year.
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The Hapnot Kweens soccer team, including goalkeeper Gianna Watt (seen here in green high-fiving a teammate) celebrate during their zone 11 final game win over R.D. Parker Collegiate last fall.

Hapnot Collegiate's Gianna Watt has been named a provincial high school athlete of the year.

The Grade 12 student was named the Manitoba High School Athletic Association's (MHSAA) AA girls' athlete of the year June 29, one of eight students to earn such an honour as determined by school size and gender of competition.

A Grade 12 at the school, Watt was a key member of several Hapnot athletic programs this year. To start the year, Watt was the starting keeper for the Kweens' soccer team (scoring the provincial bronze-medal-clinching goal in a penalty shootout), then was a key member of the Kweens' senior volleyball squad that finished second at provincials.

When basketball season got underway, Watt was a key member of the senior Kweens team that finished second in the province and had a 27-game winning streak, losing only in the provincial final. One of five Grade 12 players on that team, Watt averaged a double-double per game in her senior year, averaging 15.8 points and 13.2 rebounds per game.

Watt was named to tournament all-star teams at provincials in all three of those team sports this year. Watt was named to the Basketball Manitoba A, AA and AAA Graduating All-Star Game last month, along with teammate Shanti Church.

Watt took part in her fourth and fifth provincial tournaments of the school year in badminton and track and field. Watt was also named Hapnot's senior sportswoman of the year, co-MVP of the senior Kweens soccer with Church, MVP of the basketball team and the school's most valuable player in badminton.

Along with those plaudits, Watt finished the year with a 98 per cent average in her classes and will be attending the Univ. of Saskatchewan next year to study engineering.


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