Grade 10 student at Barrie's St. Joan of Arc named top male athlete for April



Barrie's Josh Piette-Walton and Bradford's Victoria Duraes have been named Catholic School Athletics of Simcoe County (CSASC) male and female athletes of the month for April.

Piette-Walton, a Grade 10 student at St. Joan of Arc Catholic High School, not only maintains good academic standing but is also a force to be reckoned with on the wrestling mat.

At the beginning of March, he competed at the OFSAA championships in Windsor and returned home with a gold medal in the 57.5-kilogram division.

"This is a feat not normally accomplished by a younger student-athlete, as the athletes are divided by weight, not age, and the senior athletes are traditionally more successful," said coach Anne Marie Goorts.

Piette-Walton followed up OFSAA with a trip to Calgary in mid-April for nationals where he went 8-0 without giving up a point. In doing so, he won the male 54-kg cadet championship and the next day won the FILA cadet championship.

Piette-Walton will now represent Canada in Peru this summer at the Pan-American Championships.

Duraes, meanwhile, is a Grade 12 student at Holy Trinity Catholic High School in Bradford where she represents the Tigers on the basketball court and the soccer pitch while also achieving honour-roll status in the classroom.

"Victoria leads by example, she never quits and always out-hustles the competition," said co-curricular chairman and soccer coach Denny De Oliveira.

Duraes captains the Tigers senior girls soccer team at the centre defender position.

Just two games into the season, Holy Trinity is off to a 2-0 start following home-field victories over Collingwood's Jean Vanier and Barrie's St. Joan of Arc in CSASC action.

No matter how the high-school season unfolds, she will be taking her talents on the pitch and in the classroom to Ryerson University in Toronto next season where she'll play for the Rams.

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