This past week the Manitoba High School Athletic Association announced the recipients of the 2020 Manitoba’s Credit Unions Scholar Athlete Award. Minnedosa’s Erik Barrett was amongst the four names chosen out of a pool of 55 applicants as one of the annual winners for a $1,000.00 scholarship that recognizes graduating student-athletes who have successfully combined brain with brawn.
The selected recipients must have maintained a minimum grade point average of 85 percent, while participating in at least two inter-scholastic sports. An extended list of additional criteria including: community involvement, volunteer initiatives, and citizenship activities – amongst other categories – are also considered by the MHSAA when selecting the yearly winners.
“It took me a long time to convey how important high school sports have been for me,” Barrett told MHSAA. “Whether it’s the four year journey of soccer that ended in a Provincial title, running up and down main street until I finally reached my target time for track, or even the seemingly endless bus rides to games spent building friendships that will last a lifetime, sports have shaped me into someone I’m proud to be.”
In 20 games for the Minnedosa-Erickson Chancellors hockey team this past season, Barrett had two goals, seven points and 42 penalty minutes. He was held off the scoresheet in six postseason contests prior to the country-wide COVID-19 shutdown. Over his three years with the program, the graduand collected three goals, 16 points and 60 total penalty minutes as a Chancellor.
On top of his involvement with hockey, Barrett also plays soccer, volleyball and runs cross-country. He was a part of Minnedosa Collegiate Institute’s graduation planning group and the MCI Foundation. Barrett served as President of the Minnedosa Credit Union Youth Board and helped with the ‘Skate the Lake’ annual pond hockey tournament fundraiser. He maintained a 95.9 GPA in his senior year of high school.
“Every coach I have worked with has taught me something new, whether it is using feedback to improve my game or the importance of leadership and perseverance in life,” Barrett added. “The mental strength and stamina I have built as a student athlete has given me the ability to keep getting up after every obstacle life throws my way. This strength – that I’ll carry with me for the rest of my life – is what gives me the confidence to pursue dreams big enough to scare me.”
The scholar athlete award has been been handed out since 1985, with over 140 Manitoban student-athletes having earned the prestigious honour. Barrett has become just the third product of Minnedosa region to ever receive the recognition, as Robert McNabb and Jared Wesley were named award-winners in 1997 and 1998, respectively. Barrett is the first recipient from Minnedosa Collegiate in 22 years, and third in 35 years. Of the four winners, he is the only recipient to participate in hockey.
Other 2020 scholar athlete award winners include:
Jacey Ledochowski – Teulon Collegiate
Alexander Krykewich – Dakota Collegiate
Devon Borody – Portage Collegiate