Burlington’s Tiffany Scriver is among several Ontario University Athletics’ competitors who will be recognized as top female scholar-athletes from across the province at the sixth annual Women of Influence Luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 10.
The event honours female student-athletes who have excelled in their chosen sports and fields of study. This year’s guest speaker will be Canadian Olympian and OUA Champion For Life and Beamsville native Tonya Verbeek. The Brock University graduate became the first Canadian woman ever to win a medal in wresting, claiming silver in 55 kg freestyle at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. Four years later in Beijing, Verbeek won a bronze medal to become the most decorated Canadian wrestler at the Olympic Games.
As an elite athlete, her accomplishments extend far beyond the mat she competes on. Verbeek serves as a role model in her community, sharing her journey with students to encourage them to strive for their athletic aspirations while always emphasizing the importance of academics as well. She is an inspiring reminder that success is meant to be shared.
OUA will profile its top female scholar athletes on a weekly basis leading up to the luncheon on OUA.ca. For previous bios, click here.
Scriver starred for the Brock University Badgers women’s soccer team. In her fifth season at Brock, the goaltender/psychology student started in nine regular season games posting a 5-1-2 record. She finished second in OUA in goals against average (0.44).
Scriver ended her university career on a high note, leading the Badgers to a silver medal finish at the 2008 Canadian Interuniversity Sport Women’s Soccer Championship where she posted victories over the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the country. Tiffany was selected as a Championship All-Star.
In each of her five seasons she posted an under-1.00 GAA, with her best coming in 2005 when she had a minimal 0.33 GAA. In 47 regular season games, Scriver posted a 22-8-13 record with a 0.53 GAA. She holds four Brock regular season records including games played (47), wins (22), shutouts (25), and GAA. Scriver also holds four Brock single-season records for games played (14 – 2006), wins (6 – 2006), shutouts (9 – 2006) and GAA (0.33 – 2005). She also has a school record 32 career shutouts which includes playoffs.
In the community, Scriver has worked with the Brock Athletics IMPACT Program where Brock student-athletes are mentors for at risk youth in the Niagara Region. She was the goalie coach for an under-12 team that Brock assistant coach Jim Aiken coached in 2007. Last summer she also worked as a goalie coach for an under-13 girls team in Stoney Creek.
Laurentian University’s Mary Thompson is being recognized for Nordic skiing. The Woodstock, Ont., native had an extremely successful season in 2008. She was named an OUA all-star following her second-place finish in the 5km classic, a third-place finish in the 10km freestyle and first-place finish in the 3x5km classic relay at the OUA Nordic Skiing Championships. For her efforts she was named Laurentian’s team MVP.
The biology student received an OUA Academic Excellence Award during her second year at Laurentian after posting an 80 percent average in the classroom. She will ski for Canada at the 2009 FISU games in Harbin, China in February.
Thompson has a love for animals, and dedicates her spare time to helping animals in need. During the summer, Thompson is a volunteer at Wild at Heart, a wildlife rehabilitation centre. She also walks dogs for the SPCA.
In her fourth season as a member of the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees women’s hockey team, Christine Allen has been named a conference all-star on two occasions. The human kinetics major has been playing hockey since the age of seven, and was named CEGEP de l’Outaouais Hockey Player of the Year in both 2004 and 2005 prior to joining the Gee-Gees.
When she is not on the ice, Allen works as a rehabilitation therapist in a nursing home. She volunteers at Sandy Hill hockey sessions with the Gee-Gees, and at the Jeux du Québec as missionaire in the summer of 2005.
The Gatineau, Que. native is also an all-star in the classroom, earning the Chancellor’s Scholarship for academic excellence.
Davies was named a 2007 Academic All-Canadian after maintaining honours status throughout her four years in the Faculty of Physical Education and Health at the University of Toronto. She won the R. Tait McKenzie Award (honour’s society) and the Juri V. Daniel in-course scholarship for maintaining an ‘A’ average.
She led OUA women’s hockey in scoring (fifth in CIS) in 2007-2008 with 22 goals and 14 assists. Davies was named a 2007-08 OUA First Team All-Star, a Second Team All-Canadian, and received a silver T from University of Toronto which honours graduating athletes displaying outstanding athletic performance.
Davies, a Peterborough native, is an active member of the community, volunteering at several high schools, children’s camps and fundraisers.
Tickets to the luncheon (noon to 2 p.m.) are $88.20 each (taxes included) and can be purchased by calling Lisa Constanzo at 416-923-1688 ext. 23 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.