Cape Breton University Honours Academic All-Canadians

Top CBU student-athletes were honoured today at the annual Academic All-Canadian Luncheon.

A CBU record of 22 varsity athletes were recognized in the presence of peers and professors for their academic accomplishments according to standards set by the national university sport authority, Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS).

To qualify as an academic all-Canadian, a student-athlete must maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 80 per cent or better over the academic year, while competing in a varsity sport. All five of CBU’s varsity teams were represented in the awards ceremony, showcasing the breadth of academic success exhibited by CAPERS’ student-athletes. The women’s soccer team led CBU’s varsity pack with seven academic all-Canadians from the 2009-10 roster.

 “We are very proud of our student athletes for their all around achievements,” says Athletic Director John Ryan. “Being a student athlete is very demanding and to achieve excellence in both academics and athletics speaks well for their talents and determination.”

Being honoured with the Academic All-Canadian awards for the 2009-10 academic year are: Al Alilovic, BA and Mark McGarrigle, BBA of the men’s basketball team. Greg White, BEd, Gregg Whitting, BBA, Yianni Harbis, BBA and Ryan Lewars, BACS, of the men’s soccer team, Kari Everett, BSc, Karmen Brown, BACS, Nicole Works, BBA, Brittany Morrison, BA, Jelena Vujovic, BBA and Katie McGarrigle, BBA, of the women’s basketball team and Sam Sanders, BBA, Hilary Cummings, BSc and Janine Muise, BScN of the women’s volleyball team.

The CAPERS’ women’s soccer team contributes an impressive seven Academic All-Canadian student athletes for the 2009-10 academic year, up from one in 2008-09. Mara Kremenovic, BSc, Alyssa Kavanaugh, BSc, Kyla Cunningham, BBA, Sabina Solymar, BA, Heather Marsh, BScN and Nicholle Morrison, BSc are all being recognized for their efforts in the classroom.

“These fine young men and women exemplify the ideals paramount in our CAPERS athletic philosophy. We believe university sports allow student athletes to develop to their greatest potential as they experience the challenges and rewards of a quality academic and athletic program,” adds Ryan.

The student athlete must have also been a member of the Cape Breton University’s Canadian Interuniversity Sport varsity team(s) and have used a year of eligibility for that sport.