2017 Chatham-Kent Female Athlete of the Year: Bridget Carleton

Bridget Carleton

Bridget Carleton has had a big year with Iowa State and Canada – Photo by Iowa State Athletics

After more than two weeks of voting, the Chatham-Kent Sports Network readers have selected Chatham’s Bridget Carleton as the 2017 Chatham-Kent Female Athlete of the Year.

Taking 35% of the vote, this is Carleton’s third CKSN Chatham-Kent Athlete of the Year, having also won in 2014 and 2015.

Bridget Carleton represented Team Canada at the FIBA AmeriCup in Argentina, playing for Canada’s Senior Women’s National Team for the first time in her career at an official international competition, and helping them to a gold medal.

Also starring for the Iowa State University Cyclones, Carleton started all 30 games for the Cyclones in 2016-2017, averaging 15-points, 5.7-rebounds, 1.8-assists, 1.2-steals, and 1-block per game being named a unanimous selection to the All-Big 12 First Team.

As 2017 came to a close, Carleton found herself as one of 20 NCAA players on the watch list for the 2018 Cheryl Miller Award by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, awarded to the top small forwards in women’s NCAA DI basketball.

She was 4th in Big 12 scoring averaging 18-points per game, and found herself among league leaders in rebounds, assists, steals, free throw percentage, and blocks.

The runner-up for Chatham-Kent’s Female Athlete, was Brooke MacKinnon who took 30% of the vote. Last year’s Dr. Jack Parry Award Winner, MacKinnon, a CKSS graduate, is now playing NCAA Division I golf for the University of Hartford.

Congratulations to all of the nominees, including runner up Brooke MacKinnon, Final Four nominees Kaitlyn Isaac and Madison Broad, and CKSN’s 2017 Chatham-Kent Female Athlete of the Year, Bridget Carleton.

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    Congratulations Bridget-well deserved win. Way to go Brooke! But to all the young ladies, you are representing Chatham-Kent so well. We are so proud of all of you and will be watching as your athletic achievements continue.