The Brockville Blazers are proud to announce the recipient of the newly created annual award, The Maya Spence Believe To Achieve Award.

In talking with Mark Spence, we wanted to create an award in Maya’s memory, using some input for what the ideal candidate would be. The award goes to a graduating student, who has excelled in basketball, academics, and life outside of school and basketball.

Maya Spence was a standout student, athlete and person who the Blazers are proud to say was one of ours. Her time playing club basketball, and also for the St Mary Crusaders showed her skill, resilience and love of the sport.

The first recipient of the Maya Spence Award is a long time Blazer and one of the busiest, and hardest working students I have had the privilege of knowing. She is graduating this year as a two time student council president of her school. She was MVP of many basketball teams she played on. She is attending University of Ottawa in the fall to pursue a career in the medical field. She worked part time while graduating and also managed to find some time to practice and get a few games in with her schools boys basketball team. This young woman follows in Maya’s steps being dedicated and a very hard worker.

Nyah Robichaud is our first recipient of the Maya Spence Award. Nyah’s parents Steve and Angie have raised one of the good ones in Nyah.

I was lucky enough to coach Nyah in Grade 4, 6 and 8 and was always someone I could count on to get the job done. Her leadership on the basketball court allowed her to make an impact on her teammates and coaches. Whether cheering on a charge, or someone else making a great play, you can always hear Nyah’s voice screaming Let’s Go Ladies.

Nyah’s basketball career started on a co-ed team in Grade 4 where she began her career as a vocal leader. She continued to play basketball in school where she teamed with some other great players to deliver Ange Gabriel their first school banner in Grade 9. They went undefeated for several years. Nyahs success in basketball continued with Ottawa Elite in Grade 9 and with the Blazers in her last year of competitive basketball which was cut short by covid. Her team that year was on pace for a top 10 in the province finish at least.

Congrats to Nyah Robichaud