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StFX Athletics honours 2016-17 U SPORTS Academic All-Canadians

February 1st, 2018
Academic All-Canadian student-athletes gather with instructors, deans and professors following the celebratory breakfast

The StFX Department of Athletics honoured its 2016-17 U SPORTS Academic All-Canadians Thursday morning, Feb. 1, at their annual celebratory breakfast. This year there was a record-high 82 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 73 Academic All-Canadians in 2015-16.

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

“These Academic All-Canadians have mastered the ability to balance a demanding varsity sport commitment, their tremendous community outreach activities, and achieve excellence in their academic endeavors. Their achievements are remarkable.”

Out of the possible 288 eligible student-athletes who consumed U SPORTS eligibility by participating on a varsity team at StFX during the 2016-17 season, 28.5 per cent achieved  Academic All-Canadian status, including an equal 41 male and 41 female student-athletes.

There were 35 first-time Academic All-Canadians, 24 student-athletes who received the honour for the second time in their career, and 18 student-athletes who were three-time Academic All-Canadians. Five recent graduates earned the distinction of being the only student-athletes who were four-time U SPORTS Academic All-Canadians  including Calvin DeWolfe (cross country), Claire Gibbons (soccer), Heidi MacDonald (cross country), Nicole MacDonald (soccer), and Hannah Pollock (track & field).

Liam Elbourne (X-Men soccer) receives the Athletic Director's Award for Academic Achievement from Leo MacPherson.

The Athletics Director’s awards for academic achievement, presented to the top StFX male and female academic student-athletes were Hannah Pollock from the X-Women track & field team and Liam Elbourne from the X-Men soccer team. Recent X-Men hockey graduate Eric Locke was acknowledged for his elite selection as a U SPORTS Top 8 Academic All-Canadian. He was honoured at a ceremony in December by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, the Governor General of Canada.

The 2016-17 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 was held in conjunction with StFX Athletics Faculty Appreciation Week.

The complete list of 2016-17 StFX Academic All-Canadians is as follows:

MacKenzie Bell, Rugby                                 Dustin Benetti, Soccer
Emma Boudreau, Track & Field                    Chloe Brennan, Soccer
Elise Brennan, Soccer                                   Ellen Burnett, Cross Country
Joanne Callow, Rugby                                   Jillian Clarke, Soccer
Tyson Collier, Curling                                    Marcus Cuomo, Hockey
Alex Cyr, Cross Country                                Olivia Czipf, Soccer
Pascale Daigle, Hockey                                 Calvin DeWolfe, Cross Country
Jagger Dirk, Hockey                                      Scott Donald, Cross Country
Lisa Downey, Hockey                                    Craig Duininck, Hockey
Liam Elbourne, Soccer                                   Matthew Eliot, Cross Country
Kelsey Ellis, Soccer                                        Nick Favero, Cross Country  
Warren Ferguson, Track & Field                    Sam Gan, Football     
Connor Garagan, Hockey                              Claire Gibbons, Soccer
Alley Goodreau, Hockey                                Megan Graham, Track & Field
Nicole Halladay, Hockey                                Rachel Hawkins, Soccer
Jon Heidebrecht, Football                              Ben Herringer, Soccer
Justin Holland, Football                                  Brandon Hope, Hockey
Matt Jemmett, Football                                   Leo Jusiak, Track & Field
Kristoff Kontos, Hockey                                  Adam Kuntz, Football
Logan Lee-Knight, Soccer                              Eric Locke, Hockey   
Emma Logan, Curling                                     Liz MacDonald, Cross Country
Heidi MacDonald, Cross Country                   Olivia MacDonald, Cross Country
Nicole MacDonald, Soccer                             Branden MacInnis-Morris, Track & Field
Katie MacIntosh, Basketball                           Paul MacLellan, Cross Country
Olivia Malone, Track & Field                           Hana Marmura, Cross Country
Therese McCurdy, Curling                              Ellen Murphy, Rugby
Mercy Myles, Soccer                                      Matt Needham, Hockey
Gabe O’Brien, Track & Field                           Ariana Orasanin, Hockey
Brittany Parks, Soccer                                    Hayden Peters, Football
Thomas Pieroway, Soccer                              Hannah Pollock, Track & Field
Kara Power, Hockey                                       Tyler Priest, Football
Angus Rawling, Cross Country                       Amy Rowe, Soccer    
Sam Studnicka, Hockey                                  Cole Suart, Soccer     
Alex Taylor, Soccer                                          Kim Taylor, Basketball          
Natneal Tecle, Soccer                                     Aaron Thibeau, Soccer
MC Thompson, Track & Field                         Kevyn Timmons, Soccer
Mark Tremaine, Hockey                                  Erin Visser, Soccer    
Katie Walsh, Soccer                                        Carleigh Walters, Rugby
Jessica Warrener, Track & Field                      Ryan Washburn, Track & Field         
Mitch Wheaton, Hockey                                  Alex Yakimenko, Football
Marco Zanchetta, Soccer

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