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StFX Athletics celebrates 2015-16 U SPORTS Academic All-Canadians

February 9th, 2017

The StFX Department of Athletics honoured its 2015-16 U SPORTS Academic All-Canadians on Feb. 9 at its annual celebratory breakfast. This year saw a record high 73 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 61 Academic All-Canadians in 2014-15.

“It is important that we pause to celebrate the amazing accomplishments of our student-athletes,” says 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 292 eligible student-athletes who consumed U SPORTS eligibility by participating on a varsity team at StFX during the 2015-16 season, 25 per cent achieved CIS Academic All-Canadian status, including 34 male and 39 female student-athletes.

There were 37 first-time Academic All-Canadians, 20 student-athletes who received the honour for the second time in their career, and 13 student-athletes who were three-time Academic All-Canadians. Recent X-Men graduates Cole Grbavac (hockey), Trevor Kwan (soccer) and Lee Wesselius (cross country) earned the distinction of being the only three StFX student-athletes who were four-time U SPORTS Academic All-Canadians.

This year marked the inaugural presentation of the Athletics Director’s awards for academic achievement, presented to the top StFX male and female academic student-athletes. The 2015-16 recipients were Hana Marmura from the X-Women cross country team and Eric Locke from the X-Men hockey team.

The 2015-16 Academic All-Canadians were honoured at a celebratory breakfast at the McKenna 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 2015-16 StFX Academic All-Canadians is as follows:

Gabby Bergh, Soccer      
Bridget Brennan, Track & Field
Chloe Brennan, Soccer                  
Elise Brennan, Soccer
Joanne Callow, Rugby                    
Schyler Campbell, Hockey
Nathan Chiarlitti, Hockey
Michael Clarke, Hockey
James Comeau, Football
Alex Cyr, Cross Country
Pascale Daigle, Hockey 
Taylor Dale, Hockey
Calvin DeWolfe, Cross Country  
Jasmine DeZeeuw, Cross Country
Jagger Dirk, Hockey                        
Scott Donald, Cross Country
Lisa Downey, Hockey                    
Craig Duininck, Hockey
Liam Elbourne, Soccer                   
Kelsey Ellis, Soccer
Nick Favero, Cross Country         
Warren Ferguson, Track & Field
Sam Gan, Football                           
Claire Gibbons, Soccer
Nic Gillen, Soccer                            
Alex Gosse, Soccer
Cole Grbavac, Hockey                   
Nicole Halladay, Hockey
Shannon Hatch, Basketball          
Jon Heidebrecht, Football
Ben Herringer, Soccer                   
Matt Jemmett, Football
Kristoff Kontos, Hockey                
Trevor Kwan, Soccer
Natalie Lesco, Rugby                      
Lindsay Lessard, Basketball
Eric Locke, Hockey                          
Heidi MacDonald, Cross Country
Olivia MacDonald, Cross Country    
Mary MacDonald, Soccer
Nicole MacDonald, Soccer           
Catharine MacKeigan, Rugby
Hana Marmura, Cross Country  
Bronson Maschmeyer, Hockey
Jake McKenna, Track & Field      
Ariana Orasanin, Hockey
Brittany Parks, Soccer                    
Hayden Peters, Football
Jenna Pitts, Hockey                        
Hailey Pollock, Track & Field
Hannah Pollock, Track & Field    
Kara Power, Hockey
Angus Rawling, Cross Country    
Tristen Ross, Basketball
Amy Rowe, Soccer                          
Victoria Sandre, Cross Country
Cole Suart, Soccer                           
Alex Taylor, Soccer
Kim Taylor, Basketball                   
Natneal Tecle, Soccer
Colin Thompson, Track & Field   
Mary Catherine Thompson, Track & Field
Heather Tillsley, Hockey               
Kevyn Timmons, Soccer
Mark Tremaine, Hockey               
Jordan Tyrrell, Track & Field
Erin Visser, Soccer                          
Katie Walsh, Soccer
Jayme Ward, Rugby                       
Jessica Warrener, Track & Field
Ryan Washburn, Track & Field   
Lee Wesselius, Cross Country
Marco Zanchetta, Soccer

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