Sports Services hosted its annual evening to celebrate Academic All-Canadians on Tuesday evening high above the campus on the top floor of the Desmarais Building. The venue is appropriate for the high achievements of the 220 student-athletes from the University’s varsity and competitive club teams who achieved an academic average of 80 per cent or higher in the 2014-15 academic year.
Ten student athletes were also recognized for having the highest academic average; all of them achieving a perfect 10.0. Those athletes are: Jayson Azzi (men’s ultimate), Katherine Bearne (women’s soccer), Alixia Farrell (women’s water polo), Victoria Smith (swimming), Yanna Steimle (fencing), Kartikay Tyagi (badminton), Katelyn Wiwchar (track and field).
The evening featured remarks from alumnus Paul Butler who brought along a special memento of his time with the football team. Butler, who achieved Academic All-Canadian status before graduating with a degree in chemical engineering, now heads his own corporation, Magellan Engineering, and has travelled around the world working as a United Nations weapons of mass destruction inspector and an expert in emergency preparedness. He revealed that he has been in possession of a 1990s mascot head throughout these travels, and several of the student-athletes in attendance had the chance to have some fun posing for photographs.
The Governor General of Canada has endorsed the Academic All-Canadians program in partnership with Canadian Interuniversity Sport. In 1988, CIS introduced its first Academic All-Canadians, those exceptional student-athletes who achieve an academic standing of 80 per cent or better while playing on one of their university's varsity teams.