Athletics recognize student athlete academic achievements

Over 360 athletes receive U Sports award for 80 per cent average or above

The all-star reception took place in Grant Hall on Wednesday morning.
The all-star reception took place in Grant Hall on Wednesday morning.
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Queen's Athletics

On Wednesday morning, Queen’s student athletes were honoured for their academic achievements over the past year.

Using the 2017-18 academic year, 365 student athletes were honored and earned the title of Academic All-Star, which is awarded to athletes who earn at least a 3.5 grade-point average while participating in university sport. 

At Queen’s, approximately 41 per cent of student athletes received an Academic All-Star award. According to Ann Tierney, vie-provost and dean of student affairs, Queen’s has consistently produced enough Academic All-Stars to rank top five among all Canadian universities each year. 

Since the inception of the U Sports Academic All-Canadian honour in 1988, Queen’s has honoured 2,377 students with the award. Only McGill University  at 2,563 and the University of Alberta at 2,750 have more. 

For varsity teams, the highest overall GPAs were cross country, followed by a tie between women’s volleyball, women’s basketball, men’s soccer, and rowing; for club teams, the highest overall GPAs were squash and curling.

To start off the reception, Executive Director of Athletics & Recreation Leslie Dal Cin and Interim-Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Tom Harris addressed athletes with opening remarks.

Tierney also gave a speech, and said the number of student-athletes at the reception “reflects [Athletics’] commitment to providing you with the encouragement, support, and resources that you need to excel.”

During the reception, Varsity Leadership Council Presidents Harry Range and Caroline Livingston—members of the men’s basketball and women’s volleyball teams—also recognized two high-school student athletes through the Pathways to Education program. 

As well, the Nixon Leadership Award was given to four students who demonstrated excellence in their academics, community service, and sportsmanship. The awards are named in honour of Gord and Janet Nixon.

The recipients were Caroline Wisheart (women’s cycling), Zach Baum (men’s sailing), Megan Saftich (women’s basketball), and Elliot Hall (men’s rowing).

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