Recipients of the Martlet Foundations 2014 student-athlete awards (from left to right): Daphnee-Maude Andre-Morin (volleyball), Kylie Nabata (field hockey), Jamie Fuoco (baseball), Emily Barber (rugby), Principal Suzanne Fortier, hockey players Adrienne Crampton and Katia Clement-Heydra, Keelan Marks (swimming) and Eric Saragosa (rowing).
MONTREAL – Eight student-athletes from McGill University were honoured at the 60th annual general meeting of the Martlet Foundation, held at the Ritz-Carlton Montreal, Tuesday. Suzanne Fortier, principal and vice-chancellor of McGill, was the keynote speaker for the event.
Katia Clement-Heydra of St. Bruno de Montarville, Que., and newly appointed captain of the defending national champion Martlets hockey team, was the inaugural recipient of the Bunny Sabbath Athletic Award, presented to an individual who demonstrates a good balance of athletics and academic skills that bring pride and accomplishment to both themselves and their alma mater.
Keelan Marks of St. Bruno, Que., received the T. Palmer-Howard Award, offered annually to a swimmer who has demonstrated leadership while maintaining high academic standing.
Three recipients of the Dorothy Nichol Award — presented on the basis of academic achievement and contributions to extra-curricular activities in athletics – included field hockey all-star midfielder Kylie Nabata of North Vancouver, B.C., Adrienne Crampton, a defenceman with the ice hockey team who hails from Ottawa, and rugby all-star Emily Barber of Fenelon Falls, Ont.
The luncheon was capped off with the 1938 Champions Award, presented in memory of McGill’s 1938 championship hockey and football teams, to students who have demonstrated high academic performance and have shown leadership in the McGill community. The recipients were rower Eric Saragosa of Laval, Que., baseball’s Jamie Fuoco of Pierrefonds, Que., and volleyball’s Daphnee-Maude Andre-Morin, a native of Vaudreuil-sur-la-Lac, Que., who was raised in Waterloo, Ont.
Clement-Heydra, recently appointed captain of the Martlets hockey team, is a fifth-year centre comes from St. Bruno-de- Montarville, Que. An industrial relations major, she has had a brilliant career for the Martlets, and is currently ranked fourth among the team’s all-time leading scorers, with 107 goals and 257 points in 178 games overall. She helped Canada win gold at the World University Games in Italy last December, then guided the Martlets to a CIS national title in the spring, with a thrilling double overtime victory in the gold medal game. A two-time all-Canadian, she capped off a fine season last year by winning the Brodrick Trophy as CIS hockey player of the year. She was named as McGill’s top female athlete and was the RSQE athlete-of-the-year nominee at the BLG Awards in Calgary.
Nabata is a 20-year-old native of North Vancouver, B.C., and captain of the varsity women’s field hockey team. A third-year science student, majoring in biochemistry, she earned a grade-point average of 3.71 to qualify for Academic All-Canadian honours and earn a spot on the Principal’s Student-athlete Honour Roll. On the athletic front, Kylie is a two-time all-star midfielder with the field hockey squad and was voted team MVP last year. She won the OUA and the CIS Gail Wilson Award, which is presented annually for exceptional human qualities, demonstrating respect, kindness and concern for others, along with dedication, commitment and loyalty, both on and off the field.
Crampton, a defenceman with the hockey Martlets, is a 21-year-old native of Ottawa. The fifth-year science student, majoring in kinesiology, she earned a 3.70 GPA last year to merit Academic All-Canadian honours. On the ice, she enters this week having played in 170 career games in a McGill jersey. She received the team’s most dedicated player award last year, serving as an alternate captain and helping the Martlets win the CIS national championship.
Barber, a “hooker” with the rugby Martlets, is a 21-year-old native of Fenelon Falls, Ont., and following in the footsteps of her father Paul Barber, who captained the Redmen hockey team in the mid-1980s. In the classroom, she is a management senior, majoring in information systems and achieved a GPA of 3.54 last year. On the rugby pitch, she helped the Canadian Under-23 team defeat the USA to win gold at the Nations Cup tournament in England last fall and then led McGill to the 2013 Quebec conference championship. Barber has served the past two years as co-captain of the rugby Martlets, where she has scored an impressive 33 tries in 27 career regular season games. She capped off a fine career meriting all-conference honours in the Quebec league.
Marks is a 20-year-old breaststroker and individual medley specialist on the Redmen swim team who hails from St. Bruno, Que. A management sophomore, majoring in finance and accounting, he achieved a lofty 3.78 grade-point average as a freshman, earning Academic All-Canadian status and qualifying for the Principal’s Student-athlete Honour Roll. He has participated in numerous volunteer activities, including the McGill Varsity Council Food Drive and the swim team’s annual “Loonie Line” fundraiser for cancer research. In the pool, Keelan had a solid freshman season last year and received the team’s most improved swimmer award. This year, he was recently appointed as an alternate captain.
Saragosa, captain of the rowing team and a native of Laval, Que., is a third-year student majoring in neuroscience, with a 3.80 grade-point average. He also made the Principal’s Student-athlete Honour Roll. He serves on the rowing executive in the portfolio of VP – Fundraising and served as vice-chair of the organizing committee for last year’s Canadian University championships, hosted by McGill.
Andre-Morin, co-captain of the Martlets volleyball team, is a native of Vaudreuil-sur-la-Lac, Que., who was raised in Waterloo, Ont. She initially graduated last spring with an education degree in teaching French as a second language but has returned for a sixth-year to work on a master’s in kinesiology and physical education. She too has earned Academic All-Canadian status and qualified for the Principal’s Student-athlete Honour Roll. On the volleyball court, she is a two-time conference all-star who plays the libero position and has been voted three times as the league’s libero of the year. She sat out her sophomore year after knee surgery and was named Team MVP last season and earned all-Canadian honours.
Fuoco is a second baseman with the Redmen baseball team which just won the Canadian Collegiate Baseball Association’s national championship last Sunday. The native of Pierrefonds, Que., is a mechanical engineering junior with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.68, qualifying for the Principal’s Student-athlete Honour Roll. He was voted Team MVP last year and at the national championship over the past weekend, he was named to the tournament all-star team.
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