Second time successful as UBC’s Shanice Marcelle wins BLG Award


April 30, 2013, Edmonton, AB (ISN) – UBC Thunderbirds women’s volleyball fifth-year outside hitter Shanice Marcelle was recognized as 2012-13 CIS female Athlete of the Year at the 21st BLG Awards in Toronto on Monday.

The University of British Columbia women’s volleyball team continues to reach new heights as fifth-year Thunderbirds outside hitter Shanice Marcelle capped it all with the most prestigious individual honour at the 21st BLG Awards where she was recognized as 2012-13 CIS female Athlete of the Year in an evening ceremony at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

The UBC star was also a BLG Award finalist in 2011, making her the only two-time Canada West nominee, and the 18th overall CIS winner from Canada West since 1993.

All eight nominees – one female and one male from each of the four CIS regional associations – received a commemorative gold ring, while Marcelle and male Athlete of the Year, McMaster University football quarterback Kyle Quinlan, were also presented with a trophy and a $10,000 scholarship to attend a Canadian University graduate school.

The winners were selected by the Canadian Athletic Foundation, a not-for-profit Board established for the purpose of administering the BLG Awards and protecting the integrity of the selection process.

“On behalf of BLG and the Canadian Athletic Foundation trustees, I would like to congratulate Shanice Marcelle and Kyle Quinlan, the winners of the 21sh annual BLG Awards,” said Doug Mitchell, National Co-Chair of BLG. “The eight student-athletes who were nominated are all outstanding in their sport. I congratulate all the nominees for their great accomplishments.”

“I would like to congratulate all the BLG Award winners and nominees. As athletes of the year at their respective universities, they have helped maintain Canada’s reputation as a leading sport nation,” said Minister of State (Sport) Bal Gosal. “In addition, I offer thanks, on behalf of the Government, to Borden Ladner Gervais for creating and hosting these awards in partnership with Canadian Interuniversity Sport and the Canadian Athletic Foundation to honour our top university athletes.”

“This year’s nominees are all exceptional athletes who are also leaders on their campuses and in their communities. They are great representatives of our 11,000 student-athletes and are truly the future of our country,” said Pierre Lafontaine, chief executive officer of CIS. “On behalf of CIS, I sincerely congratulate each of them, as well as their school and coaches, and in particular Shanice and Kyle, who join the very prestigious group of BLG Award recipients.”

Born in Toronto, Marcelle, who will now have her name permanently engraved on the Jim Thompson Trophy, was a member of the 2013 Thunderbirds that claimed a sixth consecutive national title in Sherbrooke, Que. on March 2. It marked the fifth time she won a CIS gold medal during her five-year career, where she was also a CIS All-Tournament selection all five years and, in 2011, was named Tournament MVP.

A four-time Canada West women’s volleyball champion and three-time CIS All-Canadian, Marcelle helped lead the T-Birds to a 21-1 conference season record with some impressive statistics as she finished fourth in Canada West in kills (3.33) and points (4.16) per set, sixth in hitting percentage (.302) and seventh in service aces (0.46), adding 166 defensive digs, good for second on the team. Advancing straight to the conference Final Four, the long-time Canadian National Team member averaged 3.43 points per set, with 2.71 kills and one block and 3.0 digs as UBC won the Canada West Women’s Intervarsity Volleyball Trophy.

“Shanice was instrumental in our team capturing the national championship, not just this season but in all five years that she has been a varsity athlete,” says UBC head coach Doug Reimer. “She has been selected an all-star at the CIS championship in all five seasons, which is an absolutely phenomenal accomplishment. This season was her best as a T-Bird. Her tremendous on court play in all areas was enhanced by her emergence as a strong team leader.”

Marcelle, along with third-year UBC men’s soccer striker Gagan Dosanjh, of Abbotsford, B.C., were Canada West representatives at the gala event, marking the fifth straight season that UBC has sent at least one Borden Ladner Gervais Award finalist. Liz Cordonier, who was also a distinguished member of the UBC women’s volleyball team, and University of Calgary football quarterback Eric Glavic were the last Canada West nominees to be awarded CIS Athlete of the Year.

UBC tops the all-time nomination list among Canada West schools, sending 11 finalists since the award’s inception as the Howard Mackie Awards back in 1993, with swimmers Brian Johns (2002) and Annamay Pierse (2009) being called to the podium.

The other female finalists for this season were Justine Colley of East Preston, N.S., a basketball player from Saint Mary’s University; Mélodie Daoust of Valleyfield, Que., a hockey player from McGill University; and Britt Benn of Napanee, Ont., a rugby player from the University of Guelph. The other male finalists were Lucas Bloodoff of Castlegar, B.C., a hockey player from Saint Mary’s and David Tremblay of Stoney Point, Ont., a wrestler from Concordia University.

The 2013 BLG Awards will premiere on Sportsnet on Tuesday, May 28 as follows…

East: 7 p.m. ET (before Can Soccer)

Ontario: 7 p.m. ET (before Can Soccer)

West: 9 p.m. MT (after Can Soccer / Connected)

Pacific: 9 p.m. PT (after Can Soccer / Connected)

ONE: 10 p.m. ET

All-Time BLG Award Winners

(18 winners from Canada West schools in bold)

2012-13: Shanice Marcelle (UBC – volleyball) / Kyle Quinlan (McMaster – football)

2011-12: Ann-Sophie Bettez (McGill – hockey) / Marc-André Dorion (McGill – hockey)

2010-11: Jessica Clemençon (Windsor – basketball) / Tyson Hinz (Carleton – basketball)

2009-10: Liz Cordonier (UBC – volleyball) / Erik Glavic (Calgary – football)

2008-09: Annamay Pierse (UBC – swimming) / Joel Schmuland (Alberta – volleyball)

2007-08: Laetitia Tchoualack (Montreal – volleyball) / Rob Hennigar (UNB – hockey)

2006-07: Jessica Zelinka (Calgary – track & field) / Josh Howatson (Trinity Western – volleyball)

2005-06: Marylène Laplante (Laval – volleyball) / Osvaldo Jeanty (Carleton – basketball)

2004-05: Adrienne Power (Dalhousie – track & field) / Jesse Lumsden (McMaster – football)

2003-04: Joanna Niemczewska (Calgary – volleyball) / Adam Ens (Saskatchewan – volleyball)

2002-03: Kim St-Pierre (McGill – hockey) / Ryan McKenzie (Windsor – cross country & track)

2001-02: Elizabeth Warden (Toronto – swimming) / Brian Johns (UBC – swimming)

2000-01: Leighann Doan (Calgary – basketball) / Kojo Aidoo (McMaster – football)

1999-00: Jenny Cartmell (Alberta – volleyball) / Michael Potts (Western – soccer)

1998-99: Corinne Swirsky (Concordia – hockey) / Alexandre Marchand (Sherbrooke – track)

1997-98: Foy Williams (Toronto – track & field) / Titus Channer (McMaster – basketball)

1996-97: Terri-Lee Johannesson (Manitoba – basketball) / Curtis Myden (Calgary – swimming)

1995-96: Justine Ellison (Toronto – basketball) / Don Blair (Calgary – football)

1994-95: Linda Thyer (McGill – track & field) / Bill Kubas (Wilfrid Laurier – football)

1993-94: Sandra Carroll (Winnipeg – basketball) / Tim Tindale (Western – football)

1992-93: Diane Scott (Winnipeg – volleyball) / Andy Cameron (Calgary – volleyball)