Aaron Lavers is the Town of Wasaga Beach Athlete of the Year.
The local man received the honor at a special presentation on Sunday.
“On behalf of City Council and staff, I congratulate Aaron on this important honor. His exemplary character and sportsmanship, combined with his skill on the football field, make him a deserving recipient,” said Mayor Nina Bifolchi.
Lavers won a silver medal as a linebacker while playing for the Ontario U16 team in 2019.
Regionally, he has been a member of the Huronia Stallions for 11 years. He was also a team captain at the university level. In the 2021 season, Lavers was ranked as the regional league’s second-best defensive player and county’s top linebacker overall.
Locally, Lavers played high school football for Collingwood Collegiate in grades 9 and 10, serving as team captain for both seasons. In his senior year, he played for Eastview High School in Barrie in 2021-22, where the team advanced to the SCAA Finals. Lavers was named team captain and most valuable defensive player.
Lavers also played hockey through Wasaga Beach Minor Hockey from Chip to Bantam.
“I coached Aaron at Collingwood Collegiate Institute in 2019, where he helped lead us to an SCAA and GBSSA championship,” said Brandon Kempster, who nominated Lavers. “I was so lucky to have a leader like Aaron. He made it easy for me. He showed up ready to work every day and stayed after practice to get as many reps as possible to to ensure his best performance on the field.
Kempster said Lavers is a good young man overall.
“He displays a great attitude. Aaron is polite and humble, always willing to work or change something to improve,” Kempster said.