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Tigers student-athletes shine at AAC luncheon

Academic All-Canadians in the Faculty of Health Professions with vie-provost Dr. Arig al Shaibah
Academic All-Canadians in the Faculty of Health Professions with vie-provost Dr. Arig al Shaibah

In 1988, CIS introduced its first Academic All-Canadians, those exceptional student-athletes who achieve an academic standing of 80% or better while playing on one of their university's varsity teams.

Among these outstanding individuals, one female and one male from each CIS regional association are selected annually as Top 8 Academic All-Canadians.

(Halifax, NS) - Sixty student-athletes took to the stage this afternoon to be honoured by parents, coaches, mentors and staff at Dalhousie’s 18th annual Academic All-Canadian Luncheon, to celebrate their successes on and off the field of play.

A total of 89 Dalhousie varsity student-athletes achieved Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Academic All-Canadian status during the 2015-16 school year. To qualify as an Academic All-Canadian, student-athletes must maintain a GPA of at least 3.50, over the academic year while competing in a varsity sport. Hard work, dedication, sacrifice and support are crucial in these students’ lives. 

Dalhousie’s president, Dr. Richard Florizone, applauded Dalhousie’s student-athletes on their discipline and commitment to being successful. “Our students achieve so much, in so many fields and that is a tremendous achievement Thank you for representing Dalhousie so well.”

Fourth-year hockey player Mati Barrett spoke on behalf of the student-athletes, thanking those who help them achieve success. “We could not have gotten where we are today without the help and support of so many people.”

In addition to honouring the student-athletes, the luncheon also applauds the individuals who’ve helped the student-athletes achieve their goals: their academic mentors. Honourees were given the opportunity to invite a faculty member to the reception, someone who had been vital to their success as student-athletes.

Barrett continued by saying, “Our parents are always there for us, cheering us on. Our coaches push us to work hard and earn everything we get, as do our professors and mentors. They push us because they know we can do it. Thank you to everyone who believes and us and guides us along our way.”

“This is a flagship event on our calendar every year,” says Director of Varsity Athletics, Tim Maloney. “We strive for excellence in the classroom and in sport at Dalhousie and this event is a true representation of that. To be able to recognize our outstanding student-athletes and recognize those who have helped them succeed is something we take great pride in.”

Dalhousie's Academic All-Canadians – 2015-16

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Diedre Alexander, basketball
Hannah Ascough, cross country
Aidan Klassen, soccer
Jeremy Ryant, swimming
Katherine Webster, swimming 

Faculty of Computer Science
Oran Monsen, swimming

Faculty of Engineering
Scott Bailey, volleyball
Logan Baillie, volleyball
Matthew Coolen, track & field
Matthew Donovan, volleyball
Mike Evelyn, hockey
Heather Grandy, track & field
Aaron Hoyle, soccer
Angus MacIntosh, cross country/track & field
Matthew McNeil, cross country/track & field
Jacob Wing, cross country/track & field
Nicolas Wood, cross country/track & field
Nicholas Zachernuk, curling

Faculty of Graduate Studies
Brendan Gemmell, track & field
Adam Karakolis, track & field
Chris MacRae, curling
Celia Peters, cross country/track & field
Colleen Wilson, cross country/track & field

Faculty of Health Professions

School of Health and Human Performance
Jenny Marita Alfieri, hockey
Raquel Bachman, curling
Mati Barrett, hockey
Amanda Bowles, soccer
Sangmuk Choi, soccer
Emma Ciprick, volleyball
Sam Corcoran, soccer
Mieke DuMont, volleyball
Morgan Hawkes, cross country/track & field
Kayte Kowal, cross country/track & field
Glenn Lassaline, volleyballSarah MacNeil, hockey
Kristy McGregor-Bales, soccer
Jessica Shannon, track & field
Jenna Silverberg, track & field
Sydney Smith, track & field
Adam Spragg, volleyball
Tessa Stammberger, basketball

School of Health Sciences
Harrison Callaghan, volleyball
Rebecca Chilvers, hockey
Kristin Clarke, curling
Jonathan Doucett, soccer

School of Nursing
Abby Czenze, volleybal
lEmily Ferguson, cross country/track & field
Kenzie MacPhee, hockey
Anna McCrea, track & field
Victoria Parkinson, soccer
Scarlett Smith, soccer
Alexandria Tarasuk, soccer

Faculty of Management
Corbin Boes, hockey
Rachel Carr, hockey
Emily Clarke, cross country
Alex Cote, hockey
Kevin Duong, basketball
Stephanie Dyck, soccer
Michael Fraser, basketball
Matthew Jackson, curling
Adam Karmali, basketball
Phoebe Lenderyou, swimming
Luke Madill, hockey
Elyse Marble, swimming
Jenna Oosterholt, track & field
Colton Parsons, hockey
William Wright, soccer

Faculty of Science
Alicia Brine, curling
Olivia Coakley, soccer
Ross Chricton, basketball
Anna Dunn-Suen, volleyball
Ainsley Fraser, swimming
Sophie Gaube, basketball
Doriana Homerski, soccer
Ann Johnsen, swimming
Abby Llewellyn, cross country/track & field
Andrea Lyon, hockey
Jenna MacDonald, cross country
Morgan MacIntosh, soccer
Ainsley MacIntyre, basketball
Emily MacKenzie, curling
Allister Mason, cross country/track & field
Meagan McKenna, soccer
Kayla Ogilvie, hockey
Jack Schembri, soccer
Rachel Shin, swimming
Jackson Sinclair, swimming
Keenan Teghtsoonian, swimming

Previous Academic All-Canadian Awards
2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12 2010-11
2009-10 2008-09 2007-08 2006-07 2005-06
2004-05 2003-04 2001-02    

Students at Dalhousie University strive for excellence in sport, academics and in the greater community. CIS Academic All-Canadian distinction is one of the highest recognitions a university varsity athlete may receive. To earn CIS Academic All-Canadian distinction a varsity athlete must be enrolled full-time and achieve an average of 80% or higher in the academic year. Athletes at Dalhousie University spend over 20 hours per week on school work while committing at least another 20 hours to athletics as they practice daily and compete most weekends. On top of this many student-athletes find time to volunteer with various community organizations. The athletes who earn this prestigious national honour are inspirational to the greater Dalhousie community and the Tigers congratulate them for their work ethic and determination.

Since 2003, over 900 Dalhousie student-athletes have received the distinction of CIS Academic All-Canadian.