Academic All Canadians Lead the Way for Student Athletes

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The University of Prince Edward Island has an excellent showing of Academic All Canadians. The Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) recognized 26 outstanding students from UPEI for the 2004-05 academic year.

"This is an important opportunity to acknowledge these students who have worked so hard throughout the school year," says UPEI Athletic Director Ron Annear. "University athletes at UPEI emphasize the educational and leadership components that striving for athletic excellence provides. These athletes are the role models for their fellow teammates."

Every year, a growing number of CIS student-athletes are recognized as Academic All Canadians, having maintained a grade point average (GPA) of 80 per cent or better over the academic year while playing on one of their university's varsity teams. Over 2,000 student-athletes across Canada have reached the prestigious status for 2004-05.

This year's UPEI Academic All Canadians are: Katie Andrews, Ryan Anstey, Jamie Bernard, Emily Bradley, Leslie Bradshaw, Colin Brown, Amy Connolly, Luc Chaisson, Madelon Cheverie, David Dalliday, Jacqueline Ellsworth, Vanessa Foster, Chelsea Kavanagh, Katie Lee, Jessica MacDonald, Stephanie MacKinnon, Elizabeth MacPhail, Kati McCarvill, Michael McIssac, Maureen O'Connor, Joey Seaman, Ashley Shannik, Matthew Thomson, Irene Trainor, Katherine Walters, Barb Vriends.

The strong academic performance of UPEI athletes is seen across all intercollegiate teams: men's and women's soccer, basketball, women's field hockey, rugby, volleyball and men's hockey. Athletes also come from all years of study and cover many different disciplines from arts, business to sciences and nursing. As a member of Atlantic University Sport and Canadian Interuniversity Sport, UPEI affords students the opportunity to pursue academic and sport excellence.


Anne McCallum
Media Relations and Communications