The University of Ottawa Sports Services hosted a reception Thursday evening to honour the 237 student-athletes who achieved the noteworthy status of Academic All-Canadian last academic year.
Certificates were awarded to student-athletes who competed on a varsity or competitive club team during the 2016-17 season and also attained an overall academic average of 80 per cent or better. Student-athletes in a post-graduate program were also recognized.
The gathering at the university’s Desmarais Building included the award recipients as well as coaches and academic mentors who support each of the Gee-Gee teams in their pursuit of academic and athletic excellence. Director of Sports Services, Sue Hylland, and Associate Vice President, Student Services, Michel Guilbeault, spoke at the event.
This year three student-athletes had the distinction of holding a 10.0 GPA:
Katherine Bearne is a Physics and Mathematics student now in her fourth academic year and it s key member of the women’s soccer team. Originally from Halifax, N.S., Bearne is a starting midfielder who leads the Gee-Gees in goals scored this season with six in the first ten regular season games. Bearne was one of 11 Gee-Gees women’s soccer players to attain Academic All-Canadian status this season.
Isaac Kim is a Biomedical Sciences student on the men’s water polo team. Kim is in his second season at defence with the Gee-Gees and also in his second year of his academic program. He hails from Quispamsis, N.B. and is taking the neurosciences option. The men’s water polo team featured five Academic All-Canadians.
Volleyball team member Niève Séguin is also in Biomedical Sciences. Hailing from Casselman, Ont., Séguin is now in her second season as an outside hitter for the Garnet and Grey. The women’s volleyball team had four members achieve Academic All-Canadian status, which represents forty percent of the 2016-17 roster.