OTTAWA (CIS) – Canadian Interuniversity Sport proudly
announced Tuesday the student-athletes honoured as Desjardins Top
Eight Academic All-Canadians for the 2009-2010 season.
Every year, a growing number of CIS student-athletes are recognized as Academic All-Canadians, having maintained an average of 80 per cent or better over the academic year while competing for one - or more - of their university’s varsity teams.
In 2009-2010, a record 2,299 students achieved the prestigious status, eclipsing the previous mark of 2,256 set a year ago.
Five universities had over 100 CIS Academic All-Canadians last year including McGill (135), Laval (132), Alberta (128), Queen’s (118) and Western Ontario (113).
Rounding out the national top 10 were Dalhousie (97), Waterloo (92), Calgary (89), Guelph (85) and Saskatchewan (77).
Among these outstanding individuals, one female and one male student-athlete from each of the four CIS regional associations are selected annually as Desjardins Top Eight Academic All-Canadians.
The 2009-2010 recipients from Atlantic University Sport (AUS) are Alex Legge of Mahone Bay, N.S., a basketball player and medicine student at Dalhousie, as well as Jacob Kilpatrick of Saint John, a volleyball player and civil engineering student at UNB.
Representing the Quebec Student Sports Federation (QSSF) are Marie-Michelle Genois of Cap-Santé, Que., a basketball player and masters of cellular and molecular biology student at Laval, and Steven Bielby of Pointe-Claire, Que., a swimmer and electrical engineering student at McGill.
The winners from Ontario University Athletics (OUA) are Megan Brown of Guelph, Ont., a cross-country and track runner and physical education and health student at Toronto, as well as Dillon Heap of Waterloo, Ont., a football player and business administration student at Wilfrid Laurier.
From the Canada West Universities Athletic Association (CWUAA), this year’s recipients are Jennifer Hinze of Vancouver, a volleyball player and cellular biology and genetics student at UBC, along with Thomas Hall of Winnipeg, at football player and kinesiology student at Manitoba.
“The high number of student-athletes who achieved 80 per cent reflects the commitment of coaches and athletics departments to ensure success in the classroom and playing field,” said CIS chief executive officer, Marg McGregor.
“This year’s Top Eight recipients have accomplished great things and symbolize the many outstanding student-athletes and universities across Canada. I look forward to hearing great things about them in the years to come as they graduate and become leaders in our communities.”
Following is a profile on each 2009-2010 CIS Desjardins Top Eight Academic All-Canadian recipient, following by a list of all-time winners.
ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY SPORT (AUS)
Name: Alex Legge
Hometown: Mahone Bay, N.S.
Program: Doctor of Medicine
Alex Legge suited up for Dalhousie’s women’s basketball team for four campaigns from 2006-07 to 2009-10, before moving into an assistant coach position with the Tigers this season. Over her outstanding university career, she was named AUS rookie of the year, an AUS first-team all-star (in her sophomore season) and was the recipient of the conference’s Student Athlete & Community Service Award in her final campaign. She led the Tigers to a pair of AUS silver medals and to a fourth-place finish at the 2007 CIS championship.
In the classroom, Legge, who started her studies in medicine in August, was an Academic All-Canadian and a member of the Faculty of Science Dean’s List each of her first four years at Dalhousie. In 2007-08, she earned the highest mark in cellular biology in a class of 235 students and received the Douglas Russell Memorial Book Prize for highest mark in introductory biochemistry in a class of 172. She was the 2008-09 recipient of the Dalhousie University President’s Award for excellence in athletics, academics, leadership and community service, and was the winner of the 2009-10 James Bayer Memorial Scholarship, the most prestigious recognition presented to an AUS student-athlete.
Very involved in the Halifax community and on campus, she was a volunteer at the South Shore Regional Hospital in 2008, a research assistant in the IWK Neuropsychology Department in 2008-09 and a Dalhousie Varsity Council member for four years. She also organized the Tigers women’s basketball team’s Run for the Cure in October of 2009.
Name: Jacob Kilpatrick
Hometown: Saint John, N.B.
University: New Brunswick (UNB)
Program: Civil Engineering
In his first four seasons with UNB’s men’s volleyball team, Jacob Kilpatrick was twice named the AUS nominee for the prestigious CIS Dale Iwanoczko Award for excellence in athletics, academics and community involvement and, in 2009-10, was both an AUS all-star and the Varsity Reds team MVP. The 21-year-old is back with the V-Reds in 2010-11 for his fifth and final year of CIS eligibility.
A four-time Academic All-Canadian and two-time Dean’s List student in his first four years at UNB, Kilpatrick graduated last spring with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and resumed his studies this fall in a Diploma in Technology Management Entrepreneur. He has been the recipient of close to 30 scholarships and awards since arriving on the Fredericton campus in 2006, most recently the 2010-11 John Gilchrist Associated Alumni Engineering Scholarship, H.E. McKeen Scholarship, MRDC Athletic Award and Dirk Kiy Leadership Award.
The president of the UNB Athletes Council for the third straight year in 2010-11, he was the coordinator of the Varsity Reds fundraiser for the Fredericton Boys and Girls Club the past two years and has been actively involved since 2006 in the Heads Up with the Reds and Read with the Reds programs.
QUEBEC STUDENT SPORTS FEDERATION (QSSF)
Name: Marie-Michelle Genois
Hometown: Cap-Santé, Que.
Program: Masters of Cellular and Molecular Biology
One of the most decorated athletes in Rouge et Or women’s basketball history, Marie-Michelle Genois has been named a CIS All-Canadian each of her first four seasons at Laval, including first-team nods in 2007-08 and 2009-10, when she claimed a pair of Quebec league MVP titles. A Team Canada member in 2009 at the Summer Universiade in Serbia and the Jeux de la Francophonie in Lebanon, she has guided the Rouge et Or to four straight QSSF banners and as many CIS championship appearances.
A four-time Academic All-Canadian, Genois began a Masters in cellular and molecular biology in the fall of 2009 after graduating in biochemistry. In her first year in the program, she maintained a remarkable grade point average of 4.18 out of a possible 4.33, which earned her Rouge et Or female student-athlete of the year honours (team sport).
Despite a busy schedule that includes, among other things, 40 hours of lab work per week, she found time to participate in many promotional activities during the past season and was her team’s representative on the Rouge et Or Varsity Council.
Name: Steven Bielby
Hometown: Pointe-Claire, Que.
Program: Electrical Engineering
Steven Bielby, a 5-foot-8 middle distance sprinter, was voted Team MVP in his second season with the Redmen in 2009-10. He was a five-time medallist at last winter’s QSSF championships and added four podium finishes at the CIS championships, including a gold medal (1500m freestyle), one silver (400 IM) and a pair of bronzes (200 IM, 400 free). His time in the grueling 1500 free was 15 minutes, 22.71 seconds, a Quebec university record. Bielby’s performance at the CIS meet earned him first-team All-Canadian honours for the second straight year and qualified him to compete at the 2010 Mare Nostrum Series, a high-profile European tour of World Cup meets.
In the classroom, Bielby achieved a stellar 3.86 grade-point average out of 4.0 in electrical engineering - the equivalent of a 96.5 per cent academic average – good for a second consecutive Academic All-Canadian nod. He qualified for the Principal’s student-athlete honour roll and received the Uldis Auders memorial award, presented to the McGill sophomore who best combines academics with athletics.
ONTARIO UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS (OUA)
Name: Megan Brown
Hometown: Guelph, Ont.
Program: Physical Education & Health
Sport: Cross Country & Track and field
Megan Brown wrapped up a superb university career in 2009-10 when she captured her third CIS individual title in cross-country running and three individual medals at the CIS indoor track and field championships, including gold on 1500 metres and a pair of silvers. The Varsity Blues female MVP in both cross country and track and field and the UofT’s female athlete of the year, she also claimed OUA gold in cross country and a pair of first-place finishes at the conference’s track meet, on 1000 and 3000 metres.
In 2009-10, she maintained a 3.90 grade point average in the final year of her physical education and health degree. She received the Tom Longboat Award as well as the Hector Phillips Scholarship, which recognizes excellence in athletics, academics and leadership.
Brown, whose dream is to pursue a career as both a motivational speaker and mentor for young girls in sport, was chosen as an Ambassador for the last Canada Summer Games. Currently involved in public speaking in the community, she hopes to obtain a PhD from the University of Toronto and would like to write a book targeted at adolescent females.
Name: Dillon Heap
Hometown: Waterloo, Ont.
University: Wilfrid Laurier
Program: Business Administration
Dillon Heap was sensational in 2009 in his third season with Wilfrid Laurier’s football team. Named a first-team OUA all-star as both a receiver and kick returner and a CIS first-team all-Canadian on special teams, he set no less than five school records, established a single-season CIS mark for most punt return yards (912) and ranked first in the country in all-purpose yards, 885 more than any other player. He went on to receive the President’s Award as WLU’s male athlete of the year.
A two-time Academic All-Canadian, Heap achieved a 10.17 grade point average out of 12 in 2009-10 in his third year of a business administration degree. He received the Academic Achievement Award which combines top academic achievement with outstanding athletic performance.
As a member of The Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints, he left Wilfrid Laurier to complete a two-year mission in Chile from September of 2006 to September of 2008. He is currently an academic mentor at WLU as part of the Athlete Academic Success Program (AASP).
CANADA WEST UNIVERSITIES ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (CWUAA)
Name: Jennifer Hinze
Hometown: Vancouver, B.C.
University: British Columbia (UBC)
Program: Cellular Biology and Genetics
A member of UBC’s women’s volleyball squad for the past four seasons, middle Jennifer Hinze was named a first-team CIS all-Canadian in 2009-10 after she led the country in hitting percentage (.395), 38 points ahead of the second-ranked player. She helped the Thunderbirds to an undefeated campaign (25-0) and earned a spot on the CIS championship all-star team as UBC captured its third straight national title. Selected to the senior national team during the summer of 2009, she helped Canada qualify for the 2010 world championship.
A four-time Academic All-Canadian in as many years at UBC, Hinze maintained an 88.8 per cent average in cellular biology and genetics in 2009-10. During the past season, she volunteered at the International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD), a spinal cord injury research centre at Vancouver General Hospital. In addition, she coached at various volleyball camps and volunteered to speak to the under-18 competitors at the National Team Challenge Cup about playing on Canada’s senior team.
Name: Thomas Hall
Hometown: Winnipeg, Man.
Thomas Hall shone in 2009 in his second season with Manitoba’s football team, his first full campaign as a starter. The 6-foot-3, 223-pound linebacker led the Bisons and tied for 13th in Canada West in tackles (38.5), scored a touchdown on a 59-yard interception return and tied for third in the conference with two forced fumbles in eight games. Last May, he played in the annual East West Bowl, a showcase for CIS players who will be eligible for the CFL Canadian Draft the following year.
Hall earned Academic All-Canadian status for the second time in as many years in 2009-10 thanks to a 4.14 grade point average in kinesiology. He received the University of Manitoba Student’s Union Scholarship based on academic record and was the winner of the Bison Sports Male Student-Athlete Leadership and Community Development Award for the second year in a row.
Last November, he became the first Bison to accept the
prestigious Russ Jackson Award, presented annually to the CIS
football player who best exemplifies the attributes of academic
achievement, football skills and citizenship. The co-chair of the
Bisons Against Bullying program, he was also the recipient of the
2009 Nick Laping Memorial Award for his commitment to the community
as a true leader on and off the field. In 2008, Hall was
instrumental in creating a new annual event called “The
Challenge for Life” for CancerCare Manitoba, a program which
has raised over $2 million in its first two years of
AUS: Alex Legge, Dalhousie (Basketball) / Jacob Kilpatrick, UNB (Volleyball)
QSSF: Marie-Michelle Genois, Laval (Basketball) / Steven Bielby, McGill (Swimming)
OUA: Megan Brown, Toronto (X-Country - T&F) / Dillon Heap, Wilfrid Laurier (Football)
CWUAA: Jennifer Hinze, UBC (Volleyball) / Thomas Hall, Manitoba (Football)
AUS: Isabelle Miles, UNB (Soccer) / Christopher Morrison, Saint Mary’s (Hockey)
QSSF: Paméla Filiatrault-Veilleux, Laval (Swimming) / Emmanuel André-Morin, Montreal (Volleyball)
OUA: Noelle Montcalm, Windsor (Track & Field) / Keith Beavers, Waterloo (Swimming)
CWUAA: Kayla Dykstra, Victoria (Basketball) / Kyle Ross, Regina (Hockey)
AUS: Justine McMillan, Acadia (Cross Country) / Niklas Rademacher, Dalhousie (Volleyball)
QSSF: Jennifer Thomson, McGill (Volleyball) / Tyler Marghetis, Concordia (Wrestling)
OUA: Brae Anne McArthur, Guelph (Track & Field) / Brad Rootes, Brock (Basketball)
CWUAA: Adrianne Vangool, Saskatchewan (T&F) / Benjamin Schellenberg, Winnipeg (Volleyball)
AUS: Katie Hollinshead, Dalhousie (Soccer) / Colin Sinclair, UNB (Hockey)
QSSF: Audrey Lacroix, Montreal (Swimming) / David Foley, Sherbrooke (Track & Field)
OUA: Jackie Malette, Windsor (X-Country - T&F) / Justin Hall, Queen’s (X-Country - T&F)
CWUAA: Katie Davidson, Manitoba (Volleyball) / Jay Langager, Lethbridge (Hockey)
AUS: Christine Terese Chislom, StFX (Cross Country) / Jeff Weiler, Dalhousie (Volleyball)
QSSF: Marylène Laplante, Laval (Volleyball) / Nicolas Murray, Laval (Swimming)
OUA: Jackie Malette, Windsor (X-Country - T&F) / Joel Scherban, Lakehead (Hockey)
CWUAA: Kristen Hagg, Alberta (Hockey) / Chris Meehan, Trinity Western (Volleyball)
AUS: Hilary Burn, Dalhousie (X-Country - T&F) / Tyler Dyck, StFX (Hockey)
QSSF: Danielle Day, McGill (Soccer) / Tyler Marghetis, Concordia (Wrestling)
OUA: Allison Oosterhuis, Western Ontario (Soccer) / Ian MacLeod, Toronto (Swimming)
CWUAA: Danielle Bourgeois, Alberta (Hockey) / Paul Deniset, Manitoba (Hockey)
AUS: Natalie Oake, St. Thomas (Hockey) / Daniel Hudgin, Moncton (Hockey)
QSSF: Carolyn McCabe, McGill (Swimming) / Simon Therrien, UQTR (Soccer)
OUA: Lulu Bursztyn, McMaster (Wrestling) / Sagar Desai, Western Ontario (Basketball)
CWUAA: Danielle Bourgeois, Alberta (Hockey) / Adam Ens, Saskatchewan (Volleyball)
AUS: Marieke Gardner, Dalhousie (Soccer) / Kjetil Vaage, UNB (Soccer)
QSSF: Marie-Hélène Giasson, Laval (Swimming) / Alexandre Pichette, McGill (Swimming)
OUA: Alison Mills, McMaster (Volleyball) / Robert Smart, Carleton (Basketball)
CWUAA: Maria Gallo, Alberta (Rugby) / Blair St. Martin, Alberta (Hockey)
AUS: Andrea Faryniuk, Dalhousie (Track & Field) / Tim Mullen, Saint Mary’s (Soccer)
QSSF: Sarah Ali-Khan, McGill (X-Country & T&F) / Strachan Hartley, McGill (Football)
OUA: Lauren Fratesi, Ottawa (Swimming) / Alexandre Hayes, Ottawa (Swimming)
CWUAA: Jacqueline Lavallee, Saskatchewan (Basketball) / Jeff Zorn, Alberta (Hockey)
AUAA: Kate Ellis, UPEI (Basketball) / Steve Gallace, Saint Mary’s (Hockey)
QSSF: Catherine Foley, Sherbrooke (Track & Field) / Strachan Hartley, McGill (Football)
OUA: Karina Verdon, Ottawa (Hockey) / Andrew Kwiatkowski, Western Ontario (Basketball)
GPAC: Brandy West, Regina (Hockey) / Joey Mikawoz, Manitoba (Football)
CWUAA: Jen Dowdeswell, UBC (Field Hockey) / Mark Versfeld, UBC (Swimming)
AUAA: Kate Ellis, UPEI (Basketball) / Aaron Barkhouse, Dalhousie (Soccer)
QSSF: Sara Russo-Garrido, Laval (Soccer) / Yannick Demers, Montreal (Swimming)
OUA: Kristine Spekkens, Queen’s (Volleyball) / Alex Hayes, Ottawa (Swimming)
GPAC: Erin Soroko, Winnipeg (Basketball) / Shawn Peters, Regina (Track & Field)
CWUAA: Kelly Matheson, Calgary (Soccer) / Spencer Holt, Lethbridge (Basketball)
AUAA: Jolene Bourgeois, UNB (Field Hockey) / Jan Trojanowski, Acadia (Basketball)
QSSF: Stephanie Welsh, McGill (Track & Field) / David Dufresne, UQTR (Soccer)
OUA: Nathalie Côté, Ottawa (X-Country - T&F) / Bob McGill, Queen’s (X-Country - T&F)
GPAC: Nadia Melon, Manitoba (Volleyball) / Shawn Peters, Regina (Track & Field)
CWUAA: Jessica Mills, UBC (Basketball) / Curtis Myden, Calgary (Swimming)
AUAA: Tracy McGee, UPEI (Field Hockey) / Peter Benoite, Memorial (Basketball)
QSSF: Wendy Whelan, McGill (Volleyball) / Alexandre Émond, Montreal (Volleyball)
OUA: Rebecca Chambers, Toronto (Track & Field) / Tim Cowan, McMaster (Swimming)
GPAC: Kathy Hrehirchuk, Manitoba (Volleyball) / Darreb Peters, Regina (Track & Field)
CWUAA: Sarah Joly, Alberta (Soccer) / Mike Dalziel, UBC (Volleyball)
AUAA: Rachelle Beaton, Dalhousie (Track & Field) / Chris Diamond, UPEI (Soccer)
QSSF: Andrea Bacsfalusi, McGill (Swimming) / Pierre Hudon, Laval (Football)
OWIAA / OUAA: Laurie Halfpenny, Guelph (Soccer) / Russell Jones, Toronto (Swimming)
GPAC: Amanda Mlodzinski, Manitoba (Swimming) / Phil Peters, Winnipeg (Volleyball)
CWUAA: Sarah Joly, Alberta (Soccer) / Mike Sieben, Alberta (Volleyball)
AUAA: Carla Edwards, Mount Allison (Volleyball) / Chris Diamond, UPEI (Soccer)
QSSF: Anna Leong, McGill (Swimming) / Alex Hutchinson, McGill (Track & Field)
OWIAA / OUAA: Vicki White, Ottawa (Soccer) / David Kantor, Queen's (Volleyball)
GPAC: Jackie Honey, Manitoba (Track & Field) / Mel McManus, Manitoba (Track & Field)
CWUAA: Liz Smith, Alberta (Soccer) / John McArthur, UBC (Swimming)
AUAA: Jill Lawless, Acadia (Volleyball) / Vojtech Kucera, St. Thomas (Hockey)
QSSF: Caroline Vachon, Laval (Track & Field) / David O'Hara, McGill (Cross Country)
OWIAA / OUAA: Karen Jackson, York (Basketball) / David Kantor, Queen's (Volleyball)
GPAC: Renelda Friessen, Manitoba (Volleyball) / Wayne Weathers, Manitoba (Football & Wrestling)
CWUAA: Adair Duncan, UBC (Basketball) / Todd Langley, Victoria (Basketball)
AUAA: Kathy McNally, UPEI (Field Hockey) / Ron Whelan, StFX (Soccer)
QSSF: Julia Maughan, McGill (Soccer) / Jason Della Rocca, Concordia (Wrestling)
OWIAA / OUAA: Karen Jackson, York (Basketball) / Craig Donaldson, Western Ontario (Hockey)
GPAC: Sandra Carroll, Winnipeg (Basketball) / Scott Koskie, Winnipeg (Volleyball)
CWUAA: Erika Forster, UBC (Track & Field) / Curtis Myden, Calgary (Swimming)