2013 Chatham-Kent Female Athlete of the Year: Bridget Carleton
In 2013, Carleton captained Canada’s basketball team to a silver medal in the FIBA Americas U16 championships in Mexico. During Canada’s silver medal performance, which qualified the nation for the World’s, Carleton finished 6th in tournament scoring, averaging 11.4 points-per-game, and was second in three point shooting, and sixth in assists.
Playing up an age division, Carleton also won a National Championship with Team Ontario’s U17 team. In the competition, which occured in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Carleton had 5-points and 7 rebounds in Team Ontario’s gold medal game win over British Columbia.
After playing both provincially, and nationally, as well as for the St. Clair JUEL team in the summer, Carleton went on to lead the KCSSAA Senior Girls high school basketball league in scoring, as a member of the John McGregor Panthers. Carleton topped all scorers in the Kent final, lifting her John McGregor Panthers to a Kent title win over Wallaceburg, finishing with a game high 18-points.
With more than 2000 votes cast in the 2013 Chatham-Kent Female Athlete of the Year Final Four round, Carleton finished with 45% of the votes, for a total of more than 900 votes.
The Runner Up, for 2013 Chatham-Kent Female Athlete of the Year was Jewelian Blackbird. Blackbird, a Wallaceburg student, competes in taekwondo, for Cobras Taekwondo in Chatham. In 2013, Blackbird won a bronze medal at the Pan Am Games in Mexico, and also took a gold in the Ontario Provincial Trials. Blackbird finished with 31% of the vote.
Congratulations to all of Chatham-Kent’s amazing female athletes, including the winner of CKSN’s 2013 Chatham-Kent Female Athlete of the Year, Bridget Carleton.