Mac’s Conlin, Selby excel on and off the playing fields

Cathy Conlin and Keegan Selby grabbed the student-athlete spotlight yesterday at McMaster University.

Conlin, a member of the women’s fastpitch team who hails from Alisa Craig, received the Dr. Mary E. Keyes award, while Lindsay’s native Selby, a member of the Marauders’ rugby team, was the recipient of the Dr. John (Jack) Kennedy Award.

The awards are presented to Mac’s female and male undergraduate student-athletes who best combine outstanding academic achievement and athletic excellence. The presentations were made at a reception to recognize the 2008/2009 Marauder Scholars. The Marauder scholar award is provided to student-athletes who achieve a minimum grade point average of 9.5 (80%) over a minimum of 24 units of work. In 2008/2009, 252 (or approximately one-third) of McMaster student-athletes were named Marauder scholars. This past year, McMaster had 109 Ontario University Athletics Academic achievement awards. In addition, 77 student-athletes achieved Canadian Interuniversity Sport Academic All-Canadian status.

Conlin is a recent graduate of McMaster’s respected Arts and Science program. She is a four-time Dean’s Honour List student as well as a Golden Key Honour Society member. In her final year at McMaster, Conlin achieved her highest sessional average of 11.2 (approximately 93%) over 30 units.

In addition to her outstanding academic achievements, she captained the fastpitch team to a fourth place finish and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player.

The outfielder also received the Department of Athletics and Recreation’s Les Prince Award, for outstanding leadership and community service. Conlin served as the McMaster Club President for Right to Play and was involved in the Go-Girls and Good Beginnings programs with the Victorian Order of Nurses.

Conlin also was a pioneer of the McMaster academic success program, where she served as a peer mentor. She is currently studying medicine at Queen’s University.

Selby is currently in his fourth year of the McMaster Honours Bachelor of Health Science program. He achieved an incredible 11.7 (approximately 97.5%) sessional average last year, placing him on the Dean’s Honour List for all three years of his university career.

Over the last two years, Selby has been involved with an exercise metabolism research group that is studying the effects of single versus multiples sets of protein synthesis. He has also served as a peer mentor in the McMaster Academic Success program.

On the field, Selby led the McMaster rugby team to a fifth championship in seven seasons. He was named the OUA West Most valuable player for the second consecutive season. He has participated internationally for Rugby Canada, attending two Junior Rugby World Cups.

Last March, Selby received the Ivor Wynne trophy as McMaster’s male athlete of the year on a team sport.

His athletic and academic achievements are unparalleled as he is the first individual in McMaster history to receive the Jack Kennedy award in the same year he received the athlete of the year award.