16th Annual Academic All-Canadian Luncheon


(ISN) – Sixty-six student-athletes took to the stage this afternoon to be honoured by parents, coaches, mentors and staff at Dalhousie’s 16th annual Academic All-Canadian Luncheon, to celebrate their successes on and off the field of play.

A total of 88 Dalhousie varsity student-athletes achieved Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) academic all-Canadian status during the 2013-14 school year. To qualify as an Academic All-Canadian, student-athletes must maintain a GPA of at least 80 per cent, or 3.43, over the academic year while competing in a varsity sport. Hard work, dedication, sacrifice and support are crucial in these students’ lives.

Dalhousie’s president, Dr. Richard Florizone, congratulated the athletes on their discipline and commitment to being successful. “As the leaders of tomorrow, being a student-athlete is great preparation for the life and leadership opportunities that await you in the future.”

Today’s host, Dr. Carolyn Watters, provost and vice president academic, praised the athletes before calling them all onto the stage to be recognized. “Congratulations to everyone. We celebrate you today, and we are all inspired by your accomplishments.”

“The Academic All Canadian Luncheon is a really great way of congratulating all the student-athletes who work so hard throughout the year to balance their athletics and their academics,” says four-time academic all-Canadian Rebecca Haworth, who spoke at the end of the event on behalf of the athletes.

In addition to honouring the student-athletes, the luncheon also applauds the individuals who’ve helped the student-athletes achieve their goals: their academic mentors. Honourees were given the opportunity to invite a faculty member to the reception, someone who had been vital to their success as student-athletes.

“Perhaps the most important part of our pursuit of excellence as student-athletes are the professors, teaching assistants and other faculty staff who have supported us throughout our time here at Dalhousie,” adds Haworth. “They have accommodated our hectic travel schedules, re-scheduled assignments and exams to help us be the best we can on and off the field of play. They’ve guided us to the fields that captured our interest and ultimately raised us to be academic all-Canadians.”

“This is a flagship event on our calendar every year,” says Director of Varsity Athletics, Tim Maloney. “We strive for excellence in the classroom and in sport at Dalhousie Athletics and this event is a true representation of that. To be able to recognize our outstanding student-athletes and recognize those who have helped them succeed is something we take great pride in.”

Dalhousie’s Academic All-Canadians – 2013-14

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Alex Cote, hockey

Melissa Ellis, basketball

David Kerr, track and field

Jeremy Ryant, swimming

Faculty of Dentistry

Eunnie Kim, soccer

Nabil Moussa, track and field

Bobby Nadeau, hockey

Faculty of Engineering

Scott Bailey, volleyball

Robert (Logan) Baillie, volleyball

Monica Diab, soccer

Heather Grandy, track and field

Dante Manchester, cross country & track and field

Megan Soehl, cross country

Jennifer Thompson, hockey

Nicolas Wood, cross country

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Joanna Blodgett, soccer

Ben MacAskill, hockey

Rebecca Nuttall, basketball

Natalie Sachrajda, cross country & track and field

Faculty of Health Professions

School of Health and Human Performance

Pascal Amyot, hockey

Mati Barrett, hockey

Elise Bilodeau, soccer

Robbi Daley, basketball

Colin Flysak, swimming

James Gillis, track and field

Alison Grant, swimming

Brett Hastings, volleyball

Bianca Jakisa, soccer

Glenn Lassaline, volleyball

Allison Lerette, track and field

Vanessa Linton, cross country & track and field

Sarah MacNeil, hockey

Cara McCallum, swimming

Kristy McGregor-Bales, soccer

Matthias Mueller, cross country

Isaac Norman, track and field

Derek Norris, basketball

Megan O’Neill, hockey

Brett Plouffe, hockey

Carissa Poulin, basketball

Chris Reith, swimming

Jessica Shannon, track and field

Tessa Stammberger, basketball

Andie Vanderlaan, soccer

JP Wellington, track and field

School of Health Sciences

Jonathan Doucett, soccer

School of Nursing

Emily Ferguson, cross country

Jenna Goobie, soccer

Lauren Landry, soccer

Britany MacArthur, cross country & track and field

Victoria Parkinson, soccer

School of Social Work

Katherine Ryan, volleyball

Faculty of Management

Emily Clarke, cross country

Patrick Daley, hockey

Matthew English, hockey

Kendall MacInnis, hockey

Luke Madill, hockey

Courtney Thompson, basketball

Joseph Ur, swimming

Daphne Wallace, soccer

Andrew Wigginton, hockey

Faculty of Medicine

Oliver Hatheway, cross country

Faculty of Science

Meagan Bernier, swimming

Nigel Champion, swimming

Ellen Chappell, cross country & track and field

Paige Crowell, swimming

Abby Czenze, volleyball

Matthew Donovan, volleyball

Anna Dunn-Suen, volleyball

Devin Errington, track and field

Ainsley Fraser, swimming

Mark Hagen, soccer

Rebecca Haworth, track and field

Jordan Leonard, track and field

Andrea Lyon, hockey

Ainsley MacIntyre, basketball

Laura MacMillan, swimming

Ceilidh MacPherson, swimming

Allister Mason, track and field

Fielding Montgomery, hockey

Jeanne Morin, hockey

Petra Rafuse, volleyball

Paige Robillard, swimming

Will Russell, cross country

Ashley Salvador, soccer

Rachel Shin, swimming

Katherine Webster, swimming

Molly Wedge, swimming

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