The U SPORTS student-athletes announced earlier this month as Top 8 Academic All-Canadians for the 2018-19 season were honoured in Ottawa on Wednesday morning.
Ms. Assunta Di Lorenzo, Secretary to the Governor General and Herald Chancellor of Canada, presented the seventh annual Governor General’s Academic All-Canadian Commendation to the eight recipients. The ceremony was held at Rideau Hall – the official residence of workplace of the Governor General of Canada, in the nation’s capital.
The Governor General’s Academic All-Canadian Commendation was founded by the Right Honourable David Johnston, former Governor General of Canada, who first honoured Canada’s Top 8 student-athletes in 2013.
In the 2018-19 season, over 4,000 U SPORTS student-athletes achieved Academic All-Canadian honours, having maintained an average of 80 per cent or better over the academic year while competing for one or more of their university’s varsity teams.
Among these outstanding individuals, one female and one male student-athlete from each of the four U SPORTS conferences are selected annually to make up the Top 8.
“Our Academic All-Canadians across the nation are leaders on the field of play, in the classroom and in their respective communities,” said Dr. Annette Trimbee, Chair of the U SPORTS Board of Directors and President of the University of Winnipeg. “We are honoured to celebrate the success of the Top 8 with the Governor General’s office in our nation’s capital.”
As the official supporter of the student-athletes selected as Top 8 Academic All-Canadians, Sherrard Kuzz LLP is supporting the travel, accommodation and hospitality of the group prior to Wednesday’s Commendation at Rideau Hall. All eight student-athletes also received a customized durilium ring from Baron, the Exclusive Provider of championship rings and recognition jewelry for U SPORTS.
Profiles of each member of the 2018-19 Top 8 are available here.
Canada West (CW)
Seth Friesen – Brandon University – Volleyball – Science
Anna Mollenhauer – University of Victoria – Field Hockey – Education, Recreation and Health
Ontario University Athletics (OUA)
Slater Doggett – Queen’s University– Hockey – Applied Economics
Zoe Sherar – University of Guelph – Track and Field – Economics
Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ)
Frédérique Beauchamp – Université Laval – Basketball – D. Medicine
Grayg Noireault – Université de Montréal – Soccer – Arts and sciences, Cinema
Atlantic University Sport (AUS)
Ciera Disipio – Cape Breton University – Soccer – Bachelor of Arts,Community Studies
Liam Elbourne – St. Francis Xavier University – Soccer – Business / Economics