April 8, 2014, KELOWNA, B.C. (ISN) – Hayley Carlson and Jennifer Kidd, both from the women’s Heat soccer team, have earned Academic All Canadian awards from the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) for their accomplishments this past season.
Hayley Carlson, a third year defender for head coach Claire Paterson’s Heat women’s soccer team, hailing from Hunting Hills High School in Red Deer, AB has placed herself on the Academic All Canadian award list in all three of her seasons at UBC Okanagan. A captain of the team, Carlson has maintained an average well above 80-percent and is three years into her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.
Jennifer Kidd (Richmond, BC) has finished her career with the Heat women’s soccer team, earning her second consecutive All Canadian award, another standout on Paterson’s backline, Kidd will graduate in June with honours with a degree in Human Kinetics. Kidd played five seasons for the Heat and earned a Provincial All-Star in all five of them.
With just soccer and golf teams at UBC Okanagan competing in the PACWEST, the B.C. conference of the CCAA, only those athletes were eligible for awards in the CCAA this past season. The Heat placed two student athletes among the 127 across the nation that have combined excellence in collegiate athletics and academics.
Official release From the CCAA:
April 3, 2014 – This year, 127 student-athletes have achieved combined excellence in collegiate athletics and academics.
“The student-athletes who have achieved excellence in both athletics and academics are role models for the youth of today and destined to excel in their future careers,” says Debra Gassewitz, SIRC president and CEO. “SIRC is honoured to recognize these outstanding individuals as recipients of the SIRC-CCAA Academic All Canadian award.”
The SIRC-CCAA Academic All Canadian award is the CCAA’s most prestigious student-athlete honour, epitomizing both organizations’ commitment to academic success and athletic achievement. Honourees must attain academic honours at their institution in addition to obtaining one of the following athletic achievements: named to their member conference All-Star Team (first or second) in soccer, volleyball, basketball or curling; earn a gold or silver medal at their member conference badminton championship; finish among the top seven men or women as well as finishing in the top third at their member conference cross-country running championship; or finish among the top three women or top five men as well as finishing in the top third at their member conference golf championship.
“The CCAA is proud to recognize and celebrate those student-athletes who’ve attained the highest possible CCAA honour in their pursuit of academic and athletic excellence,” states Sandra Murray-MacDonell, CCAA Executive Director.
The SIRC-CCAA Academic All Canadian Recognition Award is also presented each year to the institution with the most student-athlete award recipients. This year, SIRC and the CCAA are pleased to present the award to Vancouver Island University which had a total of eight recipients combining academic and athletic excellence.