The Manitoba Colleges Athletics Conferences is deeply saddened by the news that Ashley Goodwin, former MCAC women’s volleyball athlete at Red River College, has passed away unexpectedly on May 30 and express our condolences to Goodwin’s family and friends.
Goodwin left a mark on the MCAC and on a lot of fellow MCAC athletes, including her teammates at RRC.
“Ashley was more than a teammate or a good volleyball player. She was a leader, an unstoppable force, a determined support and a friend to all. I know I speak for the entire Manitoba volleyball community when I say the sport will not be the same without her,” said Taylor Gray, former teammate.
“You couldn’t forget Ashley once you met her for 5 minutes or even just played her across the net. Ashley’s dominance on the court was unmatched. Even if you were the one on the receiving end of one of her crushing attacks you had no choice but to respect them.”
Goodwin played in the MCAC for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons. She was awarded MCAC women’s volleyball MVP both seasons, 2018-19 finals MVP and she helped the RRC Rebels win their first women’s volleyball championship in program history in her final season.
Gray says Goodwin was an older sister figure to everyone on the team whose passion for volleyball inspired them all. She adds whether you were 17 and never played high level volleyball before, or if you were a 25-year-old ex-university player, like herself, Goodwin knew how to motivate you.
Goodwin helped the Rebels make history on the court with their first championship title, but the support she gave teammates off the court was just as important.
Brooke Paulson, former teammate, says Goodwin was there for her through all of the mental health issues she was going through. She says Goodwin would message her after every game and practice to make sure she was doing OK.
“Although it was a short period of time that I was with the team, she always made me feel welcome,” said Paulson. “I’ll definitely miss looking so tiny standing up at the net beside her. She was such a beast on the court with the gentlest heart.”
The MCAC and the Manitoba volleyball community will always remember Goodwin’s stellar play on the court and her welcoming attitude.
About the MCAC
The MCAC is the governing body for intercollegiate athletics in Manitoba. Its mission is to foster the development of the student-athlete through the administration and promotion of intercollegiate athletics as part of the education experience and provide a leadership role in the development of sport in Manitoba. The MCAC supports the True Sport principals which help create a welcoming environment for all involved.
MCAC student athletes compete in basketball, futsal, soccer and volleyball. Member institutions include Assiniboine Community College (Brandon), Brandon University (Brandon), Canadian Mennonite University (Winnipeg), Providence University College (Otterburne), Red River College (Winnipeg) and Université de Sainte-Boniface (Winnipeg).