GUELPH, Ont. – McMaster Marauders captain Cindy Nelles was honoured as an All-Canadian for the second consecutive season Wednesday (Oct. 29), as Canadian Interuniversity Sport announced national award winners at the rugby championship banquet.
The third-year eight from Belleville, Ont., was named to the All-Canadian team after appearing on the Ontario University Athletics Russell Division All-Star Team for a third time in 2014. Nelles was named OUA’s Female Athlete of the Week on two occasions this season and led the Marauders with 25 points from five tries in just three conference matches played. She added three tries in two playoff games, as McMaster sealed its first-ever OUA title.
Lori Josephson, a fifth-year scrum-half from Western University, was named CIS player of the year.
Josephson, a native of Beaverton, Ont., became the second Western standout to merit the national MVP award since the sport made its CIS debut back in 1998. Former Mustangs great Barbara Mervin was honoured in 2005.
Other winners announced during the All-Canadian Gala in Guelph were Laval fly-half Anne-Charlotte Beaulieu, who was named rookie of the year; UPEI wing Shanda Mosher-Gallant, who received the Student-Athlete Community Service Award; and Ottawa head coach Jennifer Boyd, who earned the Jim Atkinson Award.
The 2014 CIS championship kicks off Thursday at Alumni Stadium and concludes Sunday with the gold-medal final at 2 p.m. All nine games from the six-team tournament will be webcast live on CIS-SIC.tv.
Ottawa’s Jennifer Boyd was the recipient of the Jim Atkinson Award as coach of the year.