Petrou named national field hockey rookie of the year

York Lions field hockey player Effie Petrou took home the Joyce Slipp award as Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Rookie of the Year Nov. 1 at the 2006 CIS Field Hockey Championship hosted by the University of British Columbia.

Effie PetrouPetrou, a native of Oakville, was a starter for the Lions all season and quickly made a name for herself at both the midfield and forward positions. This past weekend, the kinesiology & health science major led York to the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) championship final where the team won a silver medal.

Right: Effie Petrou (left) receives the Joyce Slipp Award as field hockey rookie of the year

A first-team OUA all-star selection, Petrou was a highly touted recruit for many schools. This past summer, she won gold with the under-18 Ontario field hockey team at the National Championships in British Columbia. She is also a member of Ontario’s under-21 team.

“Effie always brings a smile to York practices and games along with her great team work and speed,” said head coach Deb Fullerton, “She also contributes her time developing young players as a volunteer coach with her club team here in Toronto.”

Petrou is just the third York field hockey player to win CIS Rookie of the Year honours. In 1995, Becky Price won the award and in 1992, Kathy Bester became the first athlete to be recognized.