U SPORTS proudly announced Thursday the eight finalists for the Lois and Doug Mitchell U SPORTS Athletes of the Year Awards Presented by Makadiff SPORTS, honouring the Athletes of the Year for the 2021-22 season after a season-long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2022 nominees for U SPORTS Male Athlete of the Year are basketball player Osman Omar of the Cape Breton Capers, Waterloo Warriors football player Tre Ford, Derek Epp of the Trinity Western volleyball team and Montreal Carabins soccer player Guy-Frank Essomé Penda.
On the women’s side, the finalists for the U SPORTS Female Athlete of the Year are long jumper Lexie Shannon of the UNB REDS track and field team, Queen’s Gaels rugby and basketball player Sophie de Goede, Calgary Dinos soccer player Montana Leonard and cross country runner and track and field athlete Jessy Lacourse of the Laval Rouge et Or.
Each of the eight nominees have been chosen to represent their respective conferences - Atlantic University Sport (AUS), Ontario University Athletics (OUA), Canada West (CW) and Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) – as Athletes of the Year or national finalists.
Celebrating their 29th year, the awards are championed once again by His Honour Doug Mitchell and Her Honour, the Honourable Lois Mitchell.
The winners will be determined by a combined vote of the Canadian Athletic Foundation – a not-for-profit board, chaired by His Honour Doug Mitchell – and the public on USPORTS.ca.
Profiles of each nominee are available below. For the all-time Lois and Doug Award nominees and winners, click here.
ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY SPORT (AUS)