Martyn named Knight of the Year

Balance is key, says KDSS graduate

By Josh Howald

They kept Marley Martyn busy, even on one of her last days at Kincardine District Secondary School.

Marley Martyn Monday afternoon at the north pier in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)


Her name kept being called to the front to collect hardware. There were most valuable player awards for senior girls volleyball and basketball, the Jordan Fawcett Memorial Basketball Scholarship and the female athlete of the year award. Eventually, she received KDSS' top honour - Knight of the Year.

"It truly means a lot to me," said Martyn, who will be heading to North Bay in September to study, appropriately enough, Concurrent Education Bachelor of Physical Education at Nipissing University.

"It is very rewarding to see a lot of hard work and dedication pay off."

In five years at KDSS, Martyn helped the Knights win a Bluewater Athletic Association soccer championship and two CWOSSA soccer silver medals, a CWOSSA volleyball silver medal, two CWOSSA basketball silver medals and one CWOSSA basketball championship.

She was junior athlete of the year in Grade 10, as well as the basketball team's most dedicated player. She was volleyball MVP in her Grade 11 and 12 years, and last year received her Masters Athletic Award and was named KDSS' Sportsperson of the Year. Along the way, she also represented KDSS in figure skating and track and field.

With so much on the go, it was essential for Martyn to find some balance.

"It's something that has taken all my time at KDSS to figure out," she laughed. " I always wanted to be that person who made a difference. But in the last year I really grew as an individual. I had to find balance between schooling, sports, two part-time jobs and (Ripley Ag Society) Ambassador. It didn't come easy, but I wouldn't change a thing."

She is leaving KDSS with some amazing memories and life-long friends.

"My best memories are through sports," she said. "It always gave me something to look forward to."

That's why she would advise any incoming Grade 9 students to get involved.

"Try new things and make the most of every minute," she said. "My first day of Grade 9 feels like yesterday, and in a blink of an eye it is all over."

Martyn had a thank you at the ready for nearly everybody at KDSS. She listed a dozen coaches who impacted her, and also thanked the teachers stuck in the classrooms for giving her the time to catch up on the lessons she had missed for sports. She also thanked her parents for the continued support and the countless kilometres put in to watch her play from the stands.

"It is hard to believe it is officially over," she said.

"It's sad to go - but I'm looking forward to this summer working as a supervisor at Kincardine's Summer Day Camp and then to September to continue my love of sports and working with children at Nipissing."

Other major athletic award winners included Craig Luinstra, who was named Sportsperson of the Year and senior male athlete of the year. Junior female athlete of the year was Cassidy Murray-Collins, and junior male athlete of the year went to high jumper Jacob Lange.