Students rewarded for athletic, academic efforts

Seven athletes from Golden Horseshoe schools are Sport Information Resource Centre and Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association 2011-12 Academic All Canadian Award recipients. In total, 162 student-athletes from across Canada have achieved combined excellence in collegiate athletics and academics to make the list.

“To achieve excellence in both sport and academics requires tremendous skill, dedication and perseverance,” says Debra Gassewitz, SIRC president and CEO.

This area’s list includes: Hamilton Mohawk College basketball player Aminu Bello; Niagara College’s Justine Keller (soccer), Brittany Johnston (soccer) and Lindsay Murray (volleyball); Ancaster Redeemer College University’s Kristi Van Duyvendyk (soccer) and Rachel Passchier (soccer); and Oakville Sheridan Institute of Technology’s Khalid Abdel-Gabar (basketball).

The SIRC-CCAA Academic All Canadian award is the CCAA’s most prestigious student-athlete honour, epitomizing both organizations’ commitment to academic success and athletic achievement. Honourees must attain academic honours at their institution in addition to obtaining one of the following athletic achievements: named to their member conference All-Star Team (first or second) in soccer, volleyball, basketball or curling; earn a gold or silver medal at their member conference badminton championship; finish among the top seven men or women as well as finishing in the top third at their member conference cross-country running championship; or finish among the top three women or top five men as well as finishing in the top third at their member conference golf championship.

“The CCAA is proud to recognize and celebrate those student-athletes who’ve attained the highest possible CCAA honour in their pursuit of academic and athletic excellence”, states Sandra Murray-MacDonell, CCAA Executive Director.

The SIRC-CCAA Academic All Canadian Recognition Award is also presented each year to the institution with the most student-athlete award recipients. This year, SIRC and the CCAA are pleased to present the award to Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and Red Deer College, which both had 10 recipients combining academic and athletic excellence.