2017 Joe DeRush Memorial Award
The Joe DeRush Memorial Award and Scholarship is presented each year to recognize local athletes with disabilities who performs in competitive events at the regional, provincial, national or international level.  This athlete displays leadership qualities both on and off the field, with the team, in his or her school and within his or her community. Criteria includes:  performance, leadership, positive attitude, sportsmanship, dedication and fair-play philosophy.


Koty Alkerton

Swimming star Koty Alkerton has won the Joe DeRush award, which celebrates athletes who have overcome disabilities.

Alkerton, who has autism, has won many awards while taking part in OFSAA and SWOSSA meets for Northern Collegiate. He has also recorded a pair of fourth place finishes at the Ontario Special Olympics, where he was competing against almost 250 other athletes.

As reported in Sarnia this Week reported, “Over the past six years, the Northern Collegiate student has amassed a veritable treasure trove of plaques, ribbons, medals and citations for his superlative swimming abilities. And his talents are beginning to be recognized province-wide.”


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