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StFX Athletics honours record-high 96 U SPORTS Academic All-Canadians

January 28th, 2019

The StFX Department of Athletics honoured its 2017-18 U SPORTS Academic All-Canadians on Jan. 28, 2019 at their annual celebratory breakfast. This year, there was a record-high 96 Academic All-Canadians, those student-athletes who have achieved an 80 per cent average or above while consuming a year of eligibility competing for a varsity team. The number was an increase from the previous high of 82 Academic All-Canadians in 2016-17.

“It is important that we pause to celebrate the fantastic academic accomplishments of our student-athletes,” comments StFX Director of Athletics & Recreation Leo MacPherson. 

“These Academic All-Canadians are masters at balancing a demanding varsity sport commitment and community outreach activities, while at the same time achieving excellence in their academic endeavors. Their accomplishments are very impressive.”

Out of the possible 290 eligible student-athletes who consumed U SPORTS eligibility by participating on a varsity team at StFX during the 2017-18 season, 33 per cent achieved  Academic All-Canadian status, including 40 male and 56 female student-athletes. The X-Women soccer team had the highest percentage of any StFX team with 80 per cent of their team members earning the distinction. 

There were 52 first-time Academic All-Canadians, 22 student-athletes who received the honour for the second time in their career, and 12 who were three-time Academic All-Canadians. Ten student-athletes earned the elite distinction of being a U SPORTS Academic All-Canadians four times including: Chloe Brennan (soccer), Elise Brennan (soccer), Craig Duininck (hockey), Liam Elbourne (soccer), Kristoff Kontos (hockey), Olivia MacDonald (cross country), Cole Suart (soccer), Alex Taylor (soccer), Erin Visser (soccer) and Marco Zanchetta (soccer).   

The Athletics Director’s awards for academic achievement, presented to the top StFX male and female academic student-athletes were Amy Graham from the X-Women hockey team and recently named Rhodes Scholar Liam Elbourne from the X-Men soccer team who received the honour for the second consecutive year. 

Amy Graham, pictured in the left photo, and Liam Elbourne, in the right photo, receive their awards from Athletics Director Leo MacPherson

The 2017-18 Academic All-Canadians were honoured at a celebratory breakfast at the Bloomfield Centre where they received a certificate from U SPORTS along with a gift from the Department of Athletics. All student-athletes were encouraged to invite a faculty member to accompany them to the breakfast. The breakfast kicked off StFX Athletics annual Faculty Appreciation Week.

The complete list of 2017-18 StFX Academic All-Canadians is as follows:

Quinn Alexander, Track & Field                    Catherine Kennedy, Soccer

MacKenzie Bell, Rugby                                 Kristoff Kontos, Hockey

Melanie Belong, Soccer                                Meg Mary Krawchuk, Soccer

Dustin Benetti, Soccer                                  Adam Kuntz, Football

Merrit Blair, Rugby                                        Emma Kuzmyk, Soccer

Emma Boudreau, Track & Field                   Justin Laforest, Hockey

Chloe Brennan, Soccer                                 Beth Lawrence, Track & Field

Elise Brennan, Soccer                                  Taylor Leger, Track & Field

Sarah Bruce, Soccer                                     Emma Logan, Curling

Sarah Bujold, Hockey                                    Liz MacDonald, Cross Country

Carly Burrows, Hockey                                  Olivia MacDonald, Track & Field

Joanne Callow, Rugby                                   Claire MacDougall, Soccer

Tane Caubo, Soccer                                       Branden MacInnis-Morris, Track & Field

Santino Centorame, Hockey                          Katie MacIntosh, Basketball

Sam Charron, Soccer                                     Paul MacLellan, Cross Country

Paige Chisholm, Cross Country                     Danielle Makar, Soccer

Jillian Clarke, Soccer                                      Patrick Marlow, Cross Country

Nicole Corcoran, Hockey                               Hana Marmura, Cross Country

Marcus Cuomo, Hockey                                 Madison McClure, Hockey

Olivia Czipf, Soccer                                       Therese McCurdy, Curling

Craig Duininck, Hockey                                 Mercy Myles, Soccer

Liam Elbourne, Soccer                                   Matt Needham, Hockey

Emerson Elliott, Hockey                                Alex Neuffer, Cross Country

Hannah Ellis, Rugby                                       Daley Oddy, Hockey

Kelsey Ellis, Soccer                                        Maggie Oliver, Track & Field

Isaac Fagnan, Football                                   Devon Parris, Football

Jeremy Fagnan, Football                                Joseph Pereyras, Track & Field

Dylan Fisher, Football                                     Angus Rawling, Cross Country

Ashley Francis, Curling                                 Ashley Robson, Cross Country

Megan Frost, Soccer                                      Amy Rowe, Soccer

Claudia Fulton, Rugby                                   Paytan Ruiz, Soccer

Sam Gan, Football                                         Lydia Schurman, Hockey

Alley Goodreau, Hockey                                Holly Scott, Basketball

Alex Gosse, Soccer                                        Sam Studnicka, Hockey

Amy Graham, Hockey                                    Cole Suart, Soccer

Megan Graham, Track & Field                      Madison Suart, Rugby

Nicole Halladay, Hockey                               Alex Taylor, Soccer

Alex Hamilton, Rugby                                   Natneal Tecle, Soccer

Liam Harrigan, Soccer                                    Aaron Thibeau, Soccer

Rachel Hawkins, Soccer                                 Patti-Anne Tracey, Hockey

Jonathan Heidebrecht, Football                      Curtis Urlacher, Football

Joshua Henderson, Curling                             Erin Visser, Soccer

Jane Hergett, Cross Country                           William Warren, Soccer

Ben Herringer, Soccer                                    Larissa White, Soccer

Justin Holland, Football                                  Hayley Wilson, Track & Field

Aaron Hoyles, Hockey                                   Emma Winters, Hockey

Matt Jemmett, Football                                   Alex Yakimenko, Football

Sarah Johnson, Hockey                                  Marco Zanchetta, Soccer

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