The 2016–17 season was the most successful year in the history of Lakeland Rustler athletics.
Competitively the men’s and women’s futsal teams both won bronze medals at the ACAC Championships while the women’s volleyball team won Lakeland Colleges first ever league sport gold medal.
Nationally both the men’s and women’s curling teams competed at the CCAA championships finishing the week with fifth place finishes. The rodeo team competed at the Canadian Intercollegiate Championships at the Calgary Stampedes Western Agrium Centre in Calgary bringing home 7 out of the 10 event championship buckles. To top of the year the Women’s Volleyball team won Lakeland College’s first ever CCAA national championship gold medal when they took on the best College women’s volleyball teams in Canada in Victoria in March.
Individually 11 Lakeland student athletes received All-Conference Awards, 4 Women’s Volleyball Players named as Tournament All Stars at the National Championships, Hailey Tonn was chosen CIRA cowgirl of the year, Stefan Cukovic was named the ACAC male soccer player of the year and a CCAA All Canadian, Kevin Wagner was selected as the ACAC South Men’s Soccer Coach of the Year, and Alan Rogan was named the ACAC and CCAA Athletic Director of the Year.
Academically Rustler student-athletes achieved the highest collective GPA in the history of the Rustler athletics program. 120 student athletes combined to earn a collective GPA average of 2.84.
15 student athletes were awarded CCAA National Scholar awards and ACAC Academic Athletes and 2 student athletes were presented with CCAA Academic All Canadian awards.
In the Community Rustler student athletes continued to coach youth in club programs and camps in their sports. Rustler student athletes and coaches contributed over 2900 hours in the Lakeland community leading and engaging local youth.