Jared Stephens accepts his award for male athlete of the year from the Vancouver Island Mariners men's soccer team.

Jared Stephens accepts his award for male athlete of the year from the Vancouver Island Mariners men's soccer team.

Former local takes soccer honours

Terrace’s Jared Stephens has been recognized with top honours, as the soccer player was showered in post-season awards.

Terrace’s Jared Stephens has been recognized with top honours, as the soccer player was showered in post-season awards.

Stephens plays for the Vancouver Island University (VIU) Mariners men’s soccer team, and was awarded athlete of the year from his team.

He was also named the Pacific Western Athletic Association (PACWEST) athlete of the year. PACWEST includes 14 post secondary institutions and is also a member of the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).

The Athlete of the Year award is one of the most prestigious awards in the PACWEST, said Brent Dunlop, media relations at VIU.

“This award recognizes the most outstanding athlete in all of PACWEST sports,” Dunlop said.

Stephens was also the first male player from VIU to win the award.

Stephens also won the CCAA All-Canadian — a national award for outstanding athletic achievement.

Stephens was also ranked the third highest scorer in his league, and took a bronze medal finish at Canadian nationals with the Mariners this past season.

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