Annie Walters-Shumka took home the Gail Wilson Award for her outstanding contribution both on and off the playing field and three of her University of Victoria teammates were named U Sports First Team All-Canadians at a banquet on Wednesday morning.
Rachel Donohoe, a fourth-year forward from the University of British Columbia and Olivia Lane a third-year forward from the University of Guelph, were named the U Sports co-players of the year in women’s field hockey, Wednesday morning.
Donohoe a North Vancouver, B.C., native became the fourth UBC winner of the Liz Hoffman Award, and first since 2011. She follows in the footsteps of Robyn Pendleton, who won five years ago, Christine De Pape (2006) and Stephanie Jameson (2004). Lane, who hails from Guelph, is the third different recipient of the award, after former Gryphons Brittany Seidler (2012) and Brienne Stairs (2009 & 2010).
GAIL WILSON AWARD (student-athlete & community service award): Annie Walters-Shumka, Victoria
A four-time CIS Academic All-Canadian and a Canada West All-Star in two of her five years with the team, Walters-Shumka has been an important member of the Vikes team both on and off the field. The Vikes co-captain spends much of her free time volunteering as a medical intern, clinic volunteer, ambulatory care unit volunteer, Active Start program leader with Special Olympics, math and science tutor and field hockey coach.
Walters-Shumka volunteered in Nepal this past summer as an under-graduate medical intern. While in Nepal, she also volunteered in a Diabetes Clinic helping to educate people about the disease.
Last year, she was named a CIS Championship All-Star after helping lead the Vikes to CIS silver on home turf. Despite her multiple commitments on and off the field, she manages an 8.5 GPA (on a 9-point scale) in the faculty of Science.
“Annie is an amazing young woman,” said head coach Lynne Beecroft. “To be honest, it astonishes me that she can do so well at university, do all of this volunteer work and still make such a huge impact on the varsity women’s field hockey team.”
Toronto defender Alison Lee was also nominated.