We are proud to celebrate CBU CAPERS athlete, Ciera Disipio, who has been named a U-SPORTS Top 8 Academic All-Canadian for the 2017-2018 season. A leader on the soccer field, in the classroom and in the community, Ciera embodies the dedication and determination necessary to be a top tier student-athlete.
In order to achieve All-Canadian status, U-SPORTS student-athletes must maintain an average of 80 per cent or better during the academic year. One female and one male student from each of the four U-SPORTS conferences are selected to form the Top 8.
Ciera grew up in Ottawa, Ontario as the youngest of five siblings, so she knows how to be part of a team. She has consistently put those skills to work, leading the CAPERS to three AUS titles and two U-SPORTS medals during her time on the team.
“As a team captain, Ciera shows great leadership skills, and is considered a role model for all of our players,” says Head Coach, Ness Timmons.
Prior awards for Ciera include AUS Rookie of the Year, back-to-back AUS MVPs, First Team All-Canadian and 2017 CBU Athlete of the Year. She is a Dean’s list student, a member of the Honour’s society and a James Bayer Memorial Scholarship nominee.
Ciera’s work doesn’t end there; in her spare time she volunteers at a number of local organizations including the Undercurrent Youth Centre, Youth in Motion, Shoot for the Cure and more. Ciera continues to teach and inspire the next generation of student-athletes as a volunteer soccer coach both in Cape Breton and in her hometown of Ottawa.
On January 29, Ciera will return to her hometown where she, along with the seven other recipients, will be honoured by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, for their successes.
“This is the first time that a student-athlete from CBU has been named one of the Top 8 Academic All Canadians,” says CBU Athletic Director, John Ryan. “Ciera is an extraordinary student-athlete who demonstrates exactly what it means to be a CAPER. We couldn’t be more proud of her.”