The University of Ottawa recognized the 174 student-athletes who earned the distinction of Academic-All Canadians in the 2012-13 academic year with a reception on Monday evening. Held on campus at 1848, the event celebrated the varsity and competitive club athletes who achieved a grade point average of 8.0 or better last season while competing with the Gee-Gees.
Canadian Interuniversity Sport CEO Pierre Lafontaine attended the event and acted as the guest speaker, calling on the assembled student-athletes to take pride in their accomplishments while also encouraging them to continue to make Canada better and stronger. Lafontaine also announced that Governor General David Johnston has become involved with the Academic All-Canadian Awards, and each student-athlete received a letter from the Governor General with their CIS Academic All-Canadian award. In the letter, Johnston remarked “Canada is very proud of your dedication to your university and to your country. I thank you for the example you set and for the influence you have on the culture of Canada.”
Achieving the highest academic average among the assembled All-Canadians from the competitive club teams were Andrei Aldea from the men’s soccer team with a 9.6 in the Faculty of Science’s biopharmaceutical sciences program, and Lauren Murphy from the women’s ultimate team with a 10.0 in the Faculty of Nursing. Among varsity athletes, swim team member Victoria Smith had the highest GPA of all female CIS varsity athletes with a GPA of 10.0 in the Faculty of Health Sciences, human kinetics, and is a three-time winner of this award. Ugo Lévesque, a defensive back with the men’s football team, also earned a 10.0 GPA last season in the Faculty of Health Sciences, human kinetics.
Sports Services also acknowledged the teams with the highest combined GPA, with the honours going to the women’s ultimate team and the cross country team.