Aiden Warnholtz and Lauryn Walker headlined a star-studded class of Carleton University student-athletes and coaches who were honoured Tuesday night at the Ravens annual awards banquet.
A graduating member of the women’s rugby team, Lauryn Walker (Brampton, Ont.) led by example throughout her career. Earning multiple Athlete of the Week and RSEQ honours before representing Jamaica internationally. As the captain of the Jamaican national team, Walker helped the Lady Gaiters qualify for their first Pan-Am Games. In her two seasons with the Ravens, Walker helped to lead Carleton to two consecutive RSEQ Bronze Medals.
On the men’s side, Jack Vogan Award winner Aiden Warnholtzwrapped up his U SPORTS career winning his fourth national championship with the Ravens. The Graduating Male Athlete of the Year and the MVP of the U SPORTS championship tournament, Warnholtz set single season minutes and assists records for the Ravens in 2023 while earning OUA and U SPORTS First Team Honours as well as being named the OUA’s Ken Shields Award Nominee.
The Kanata guard’s remarkable season also captured him the honour of Male Athlete of the Year.
Wrapping up her award-winning season, point guard Kali Pocrnic (Oakville, Ont.) joined Warnholtz on stage as the Female Athlete of the Year. The U SPORTS championship MVP and Critelli Cup MVP, Pocrnic earned OUA First Team and U SPORTS Second Team All-Canadian honours while guiding the Ravens to their first U SPORTS championship since 2018. Pocrnic recorded the second most points in a single season, third most field goals and second most assists in Ravens history.
Women’s basketball head coach Dani Sinclair capped off a successful second season on the Ravens bench earning the Pat O’Brien Award as Ravens Coach of the Year. Sinclair’s Ravens finished second in the OUA East before capturing both the OUA’s Critelli Cup and the Bronze Baby as U SPORTS champions. The Ravens impressive season included a 12-game winning streak, a win at the 2023 Capital Hoops Classic and three wins against the otherwise undefeated Queen’s Gaels.
Ravens football linebackers coach Mackenzie Holliday earned the Varsity Council Volunteer Award. An Old Crow, Holliday played a key role in the success of the Ravens helping the new coaching staff to settle into their roles while maintaining the standards of what it means to be a Raven at Carleton.