Vancouver, BC – A record number of UBC Thunderbirds were honoured this morning at the Academic All-Canadian Breakfast of Champions hosted by UBC President and Vice-Chancellor Arvind Gupta.
149 UBC student-athletes were honoured at the annual event which recognizes those UBC Thunderbirds who achieve an average of 80% or higher in their classes, while competing in an UBC varsity sport during the 2013-14 season.
“This accomplishment illustrates what I value most about university athletics – people pursuing their passion with such gusto that they can achieve otherwise unimaginable results,” said UBC President and Vice-Chancellor Arvind Gupta. “Not only have you earned the right to participate at the highest level in the strongest university athletics program in the country, they have also maintained an exceptional academic performance.”
“I congratulate our Academic All-Canadians for all that that they have achieved, for the early mornings, the late nights, the extra training, and the added study,” said Ashley Howard, UBC’s Managing Director of Athletics and Recreation. “One of the things that makes UBC stand out, is that our Thunderbirds are students first. We can be proud of everything our athletes have achieved, but those student-athletes who have been able to master success in their sport and in the classroom are truly phenomenal.”
This year’s group includes:
Men’s soccer player Paul Clerc (School of Kinesiology in the Faculty of Education), who last year was named a CIS Top Eight Academic All-Canadian and was recognized by the Governor General of Canada, the Right Honourable David Johnston. This season the two-time CIS National Champion was a CIS Second Team All-Canadian on the field.
Lisa Barclay (School of Kinesiology in the Faculty of Education), the CIS Women’s Volleyball Player of the Year in 2014 and three-time CIS National Champion, was a member of the Canadian Senior National Team and took part at the World Championships in Italy this past September.
Hannah Haughn (School of Kinesiology in the Faculty of Education) helped UBC’s women’s field hockey team to a fourth straight CIS National Championship. She was named a CIS First Team All-Canadian in 2014. She also helped the Canadian Women’s National Team to an eighth place finish at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Maria Bernard (Faculty of Science), an individual NAIA Champion in track and field and a two-time NAIA National Cross Country National Champion, recently led UBC to an Association of Independent Institutions Conference Championship and the No.1 ranking heading into this year’s national cross country championships at the end of November. She also won a silver medal in the 3000m steeplechase at the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association Under-23 Championship this summer in Kamloops.
Rowers Hillary Janssens (Faculty of Science) and Zoe Fettig-Winn (School of Kinesiology in the Faculty of Education) helped the UBC women’s team to a second place finish at the 2014 Canadian University Rowing Championships two weeks ago. They also won bronze at the World Rowing U23 Championships in women’s fours this summer.
For a complete list of the 2013-14 Academic All-Canadians, click here.