This year's Athletics Awards were a joyful celebration of a fall sports season that was different than any other. As the school meticulously restarted athletics during COVID-19 and implemented safety protocols across sporting life on campus, students and coaches still managed to experience the thrills of victory, the agonies of defeat, and the wonderful mix of diversion and focus that comes with training and competition.
Among the highlights of the ceremony was the awarding of two Gold Medals, the school's highest athletic honor. Director of Athletics and Afternoon Programs Herb Haller '85, Head of School Suzanne Walker Buck, a physically distanced and limited live audience and a virtual Pioneer nation celebrated two outstanding seniors. Delia Rabatin '21 and Sebastain Staddon '21 received Gold Medals for Field Hockey and Soccer. Other awards were given for Most Valuable Player, Most Improved Player, Coach's Award and Spirit Awards spanning cross country, field hockey, football, golf, soccer, tennis and volleyball.
Buck shared sentiments to close the ceremony about the pivotal role of sports in building resilience, a quality we all have needed in heavy doses this past year. We celebrate all our student athletes, feel gratitude for our amazing coaches and facilities, and look forward to continuing our athletic tradition at WRA throughout this year, a contest in its own right.