– OCAA March 21, 2012-

SIRC (Sport Information Resource Centre) and the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) are proud to announce the 2011-2012 SIRC-CCAA Academic All Canadian Award recipients.

This year, 162 student-athletes have achieved combined excellence in collegiate athletics and academics.

“To achieve excellence in both sport and academics requires tremendous skill, dedication and perseverance,” says Debra Gassewitz, SIRC president and CEO. “SIRC is honoured to recognize outstanding collegiate student-athletes who are passionate about excelling in their education.”

The SIRC-CCAA Academic All Canadian award is the CCAA’s most prestigious student-athlete honour, epitomizing both organizations’ commitment to academic success and athletic achievement. Honourees must attain academic honours at their institution in addition to obtaining one of the following athletic achievements: named to their member conference All-Star Team (first or second) in soccer, volleyball, basketball or curling; earn a gold or silver medal at their member conference badminton championship; finish among the top seven men or women as well as finishing in the top third at their member conference cross-country running championship; or finish among the top three women or top five men as well as finishing in the top third at their member conference golf championship.

“The CCAA is proud to recognize and celebrate those student-athletes who’ve attained the highest possible CCAA honour in their pursuit of academic and athletic excellence,” states Sandra Murray-MacDonell, CCAA Executive Director.

The SIRC-CCAA Academic All Canadian Recognition Award is also presented each year to the institution with the most student-athlete award recipients. This year, SIRC and the CCAA are pleased to present the award to Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and Red Deer College, which both had a total of 10 recipients combining academic and athletic excellence.

Ontario Colleges Athletic Association

Algonquin College
Abeer Farhat, Basketball
Jori Armishaw, Volleyball
Alexandre Corsi Caya, Volleyball
Dean Johnson, Volleyball

Cambrian College
Eric Leishman, Cross Country Running
Deanna Bedard, Volleyball

Durham College
Erin Emery, Basketball

Fanshawe College
Jordan Ariss, Curling
Cassie Savage, Curling
Cody Heyens, Curling
Peter VanStrien, Curling
Leah Slamen, Soccer

Fleming College
Kelly Killoran, Basketball

Humber College
Alyssa Woon, Badminton
Amy Walcott, Cross Country Running
Laura Hickey, Curling
Alex Dumais, Golf
Teresa George, Volleyball
Kris Dowling, Volleyball

Lambton College
Deirdre Bradd, Soccer
Lauren De Jong, Soccer
Stuart Joderell, Soccer

Loyalist College
Josh Lappala, Volleyball
Matthew Woods, Volleyball

Mohawk College
Aminu Bello, Basketball

Niagara College
Justine Keller, Soccer
Brittany Johnston, Soccer
Lindsay Murray, Volleyball

Redeemer University College
Kristi Van Duyvendyk, Soccer
Rachel Passchier, Soccer

Seneca College
Carol Dela Cerna, Badminton
Patricia Lau, Badminton
Joan Moore, Curling
Scott Sawatzky, Curling
Tameka Vaters, Curling
Kailen Murphy, Soccer
Sabrina Henry, Soccer
Clare Weisser, Volleyball

Sheridan Institute of Technology
Khalid Abdel-Gabar, Basketball

St. Clair College
Arica Price, Basketball
Mitchell Trevisol, Soccer

Sault College
Stephane Beaulieu, Curling

St. Lawrence College-Kingston
Richelle Moore, Cross Country Running

Source: Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association