Kelowna’s Buna Bronze Baby! Again

Buna leads SFU to another Bronze Baby!

After the emotional high of the Olympics, I didn’t think I could take anymore cheering.  Alas, I have to cheer again. Even cry again! I cried with joy watching Olympians. I tear again watching Buna win another CIS hoop title defending the Bronze Baby trophy.. After decades of athletic battles, academic rigour and the challenge of raising a family, I cry with joy. What a warrior, am I!

Our skinny little girl conquering another milestone still brought tears to my eyes!  We have watched Robyn grow like a garden tended to with love and admiration. Like the 2010 Winter Games, amongst a world of grief and calamity, one of ours honours hope with another achievement. CIS Player of the Year. CIS Champion. CIS MVP. Academic All-Canadian. Enough already! Ok, here is me, hoping and waiting for ‘Canadian Olympian’ next.

Lorne and Patti’s youngest, is ours too, in spirit. Her recent achievements astound anyone who appreciates the effort needed, the talent required and the gift of competetive fortune.  Buna has surpassed even those of us who saw her desire as a little girl.  As we watched her mature and head off to college, somehow we knew we were watching someone special.  We knew we would make Kelowna proud. (Understatement-duh) As parents and teachers we so often worry about children as they grow. Crossing the road. Entering teens. First date. Graduation day. We so often experience the loss and tragedy take youth can bring, it is a glorious moment when we witness those kids who imbue the magic.  Sometimes these  moments are fleeting and very brief, other times they are enduring. Robyn’s magic has been enduring. After each successive cold Canadian winter, we anticipate the light of spring. The conclusion of each March Madness is welcomed by the glow of another Buna achievement.

The Buna family, blessed with talent, Patti, Lorne and Taryn, all are champions of one title or another; yet they remain humble and so generous.  Is it a surprise the two girls astound us? Not in the least. I commend the entire family for their contributions. We are proud and thankful but today, I salute you-Robyn.  Amazing woman.  Amazing student. Amazing Canadian.  Congratulations! from this old warrior.


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Nan Copp award (player of the year): Robyn Buna, Simon Fraser
Defensive player of the year: Katie Miyazaki, Simon Fraser
Kathy Shields award (rookie of the year): Jessica Clemençon, Windsor
Peter Ennis award (coach of the year), presented by Coaches of Canada: Brian Cheng, Victoria
Sylvia Sweeney award (outstanding student-athlete / community service): Michele Hynes, Manitoba
Tracy MacLeod award: Anneth Him-Lazarenko, McGill

First Team
Forward Robyn Buna Simon Fraser 4 Kelowna, B.C. Kinesiology
Forward Kelsey Hodgson Cape Breton 5 Fredericton, N.B. BA
Guard Amanda Anderson Western 5 Dover Centre, Ont. Social Sciences
Post Marie-Michelle Genois Laval 4 Cap-Santé, Que. Masters Biology
Guard Lindsay DeGroot Saskatchewan 5 Thedford, Ont. Graduate Studies

Capital News. March 18

What a way to finish a four year basketball career at Simon Fraser University.

Kelowna’s Robyn Buna was named CIS player of the year in women’s basketball at the CIS awards banquet last Thursday night.

Then on the weekend the Kelowna hoopster helped the SFU Clan to a national championship including a 77-56 victory against the Windsor Lancers in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport title game played Sunday at Hamilton’s McMaster University.

Buna was named tournament MVP and was also named to the tournament all star team.

“It was the best way to finish my career,” said Buna, who opened the tournament on Friday with a 27-point performance against host McMaster. “I think we were all playing a little tight. We were apprehensive, it’s the national final. But 10 years from now, I won’t think about whether or not we won but how hard we worked together to accomplish this goal.”

A member of the Clan’s spectacular recruiting class of 2006-07, Buna ends her four-year career at Simon Fraser with a first nomination to the first all-Canadian team, a year after earning a spot on the second CIS all-star squad.

The 5-foot-11 forward led the Clan in scoring this season averaging 14.3 points per game—good for 12th in Canada West—and was the second most accurate three-point shooter in the nation, connecting at a spectacular 48.8 per cent rate. She was also first on the team in minutes played (26 per game) and free throw percentage, her 84.0 per cent success rate from the charity stripe ranking sixth in the country.

Thanks in large part to her stellar play, SFU was the highest-scoring team in the nation this year with 83.1 points per contest.

“Robyn has grown every year, adding important skills to her repertoire,” said SFU head coach Bruce Langford. “She shoots the ball incredibly well, she can shoot in traffic and has improved her pull-up. She is a humble, brilliant young woman who is well deserving of this award.”

A Canada West all-star each of the past three seasons, the kinesiology major was at her best at the conference Final Four where she averaged 21.5 points, including a perfect outing in the title match when she scored 20 points on 7-for-7 shooting from the field and 4-for-4 at the free throw line in a 92-62 gold-medal rout of No. 4-ranked Regina.

She became the fourth SFU recipient of the Nan Copp award since the Clan joined CIS in 2000-01. Former teammate Lani Gibbons was honoured two years ago, while Jessica Kaczowka received back-to-back MVP nods in 2001-02 and 2002-03.

Buna is also the 13th straight player from the Canada West conference—including teams from the now defunct GPAC—to receive the distinction.

A two-time CIS champion in her first three seasons and an Academic All-Canadian every year since she arrived at SFU, Buna also represented Canada at the 2009 Summer Universiade in Belgrade, Serbia.

The defending CIS champion Clan led all 13 national coaches’ polls in 2009-10.

They finished first in the Canada West standings with a 17-1 mark, posted a 28-1 overall record against CIS opponents, and claimed a second straight Canada West banner to advance to the national championship for the ninth year in a row.(KelownaCapitalNews)


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