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Gee-Gees announce 311 Academic Award recipients from 2021-22 season

U SPORTS logo for Academic All-Canadian award

The University of Ottawa is proud to announce that 311 Gee-Gees student-athletes achieved an annual grade point average of 8.0 or higher during the 2021-22 academic year. Of those, 100 are U SPORTS Academic All-Canadians who were on the official varsity team rosters. 

Twelve student-athletes achieved a perfect 10.0 annual GPA, representing eleven different teams and six different faculties.

The U SPORTS Academic All-Canadians have been celebrated officially since 1988 and the award is a nationally recognized distinction. The RSEQ and OUA conferences and uOttawa have also created Academic Merit programs to recognize those who compete at the conference or non-conference level on Varsity Club or Competitive Sport Club teams.

"The academic success of Gee-Gees student-athletes is very important to note and to celebrate," says Sue Hylland, Director of Recreation and Varsity Sports at uOttawa. "This is an accomplished and impressive group who represent our University across a wide range of sports and academic disciplines. We are very grateful for the support of our Deans and Faculties and recognize their vital role in student-athlete success."

The group of 311 includes students from all ten faculties at uOttawa. There are 50 recipients in graduate studies, including nine in medical school.  An awards event will be hosted on November 23 for the recipients.

A complete list of 2021-2022 U SPORTS Academic All-Canadians is available here. Portia Cooper, a human kinetics student on the women's volleyball team, and Emma Dobson-Takoff, a software engineering student on the women's track and field team, were the two varsity student-athletes to attain the 10.0 AGPA.

The complete list of Academic Merit Award Winners from Varsity Club and Competitive Sport Club teams is below, organized by team. Those with a 10.0 AGPA are indicated with their field of study in brackets.

Alpine: Stephanie Belliveau, Alexe Hebert 

Artistic Swimming: Kate Berry, Amy Cameron (Nursing), Talia Cameron, Lyndsey Canini, Elyssa Caron, Carol-Ann Chabot, Michela Dumas, Emilia Fera, Alexandra Hicks, Gillian King, Lauren MacIntyre, Isabelle MacLean, Thea Robinson, Blake Shannon, Lauren Stokes, Olivia Vinet  

Badminton: Marika Brunet, Victor Chan, Melanie Chiew, Jessica Fang, Aswini Ganesh, Sandesh Gondarry, Steffi Kala, Travis Lee, Gabriel Pharand, Mai Lyn Puittinen, Kalie Rhéaume, Mathis Turgeon-Roy, Kartikay Tyagi, Léa Vaillancourt, Roger Wei 

Baseball: Manuel Charette, Ben Dodek, Michael Kanter, Darrius Sasaki, Sébastien Simard, Daniel Symonds, Sam Wells 

Cheerleading: Jessica Andersen, Reese Handley, Josiane Mercier, Ann-Sophie Pelletier, Autumn Shaw, Megan Spooner, Beth Webster 

Dance: Sidney Alexander, Lèshaun Bernett, Marie-Michelle Bourgeau, Chelsea Klein (Translational and Molecular Medicine), Caitlin Ennis, Serena Kuehni, Serena Solari, Aleksandra Taravkova   

Equestrian: Emily Marcogliese, Erin Moore, Kennis Ross, Ève Tremblay 

Fencing: Pierre Vincent Arseneau, Phoebe Hancock (Religious Studies), Tijani Imad, Trinity Lowthian, Monique Power 

Women's Golf: Pascale Gascon, Rachel Jackson, Madeline MacMillan, Ashley Thompson 

Lacrosse: Joey Bozanis, Evan Coolidge, Nicholas D'Amico, Alexandre Fossey, Joel Horkijk, Mathieu Laberge, Joe Wedlock  

Nordic: Riley de Gans, Florence Despins, An Duong Hoang, Dalia Frank Kamenetski, Lydia Harris, Nathan Hay, Anna Heffernan-Wilker, Aidan Kirkham, Anika Leigh, Jeremy Leigh (Mechanical Engineering), Emilie Lum, Patrick Paradine, Anna Pazdzior, Zoë Pekos, Shilo Rousseau, Nathalie Rowlinson, Edward Southward, Mary Stuart   

Ringette: Rhian Dentelbeck, Sierra Dobie, Cleo Lewis, Madison Miniotas, Frédérique Pinard, Darienne Shaw, Jessica van Koppen, Mariève Vandervoort  

Men's Soccer: Mohamed Ebeid (Psychology), Aaron Gallardo, Mitchell Leclair, Shaafi Mahbub (Biomedical Science), Samir Nait-Yahia, Anton Pellerin-Petrov, Sunil Rathagirishnan, Yusuf Sasani

Softball: Jessie Cameron, Kaitlyn Flear, Jordanna Hartley, Janique Hébert, Rachel Matheson-Green, Vanessa Tinlin  

Men's Ultimate: Philip Acimovic, Cameron Kennedy, Fabien Lefebvre, Freeman Reid, Terron Ross, Samuel Tremblay-Larochelle, Adam Turcotte, François Veilleux, Carson Weiler, Mathis Turgeon-Roy (Mechanical Engineering and Entrepreneurship) 

Women's Ultimate: Emily Kavanagh, Sandy Ma, Hollie McCorkell, Rachael Pelisek, Jessica Principe, Bronwyn Scherz, Evelyn Shapiro, Alicia Sheng, Hannah Sholtz, Sophie Tremblay, Alexandra Wardill, Lydia Hagar Wong  

Men's Volleyball: Daniel Barriault, Eric Dissanayake, Scott Dowell, Mathew Gaerke, Alexandre Hill-Huard, Julian Rogers  

Men's Water Polo: Isaac Kim, Leonardo Pellegrini, Ion Pop, Raphaël Siegel  

Women's Water Polo: Ivana Cugalj, Jane Howes, Clara Harman-Denhoed (Nursing), Tobi Matzek, Sophie Olesen-Despres, Alexandra Piuzu, Andréa Rondeau-Brown, Adèle Scarlett, Stephanie Sibbald, Madeleine Wredenhagen  

Rowing: Olan Bradford, Kennedy Burrows, Rhiannon Crichton, Sydney Drygala, Owen Falkenham, Mary-Beth Foley, Laura Guy (Nursing), Angelica Hadjis, Kerin Hudson, Hannah Hyde, Catherine Jany, Alexander McDermott, Fiona McDougall, Julia Melisek, Pascal Morimanno (Economics and Political Science), Emma Noble, Alyssa Pastic, Maya Pelrine, Nicole Pouliot, Ronan Sampson, Vienna Scholten, Nerija Sungaila, Victoria Velasquez, Laura Vink, Gabriele Zitikyte  

Men's Golf: Adam Dufour, Cedric Hughes, Erik Lachance, Jakob McBride, Malcolm Simpson  

Men's Rugby: Ryan Campbell, Andrew Clement, James Flemming, Wahid Hamidi, Elias Hancock, Duncan Hladik, James Shaw, Patrick Fleming 

Note that the following student-athletes were members of varsity programs and achieved the 8.0 annual grade point average, but did not meet the sport eligibility criteria for the U SPORTS Academic All-Canadian program. They are recipients of uOttawa Student-Athlete Academic Awards.

Ogechi Ahunanya (women's rugby), Diego Benitez (cross country), Joshua Bezanson (cross country), Rosalie Côté (women's soccer), Jerry Delorme (football), Paige Fryer (women's rugby), Abigail Hackman (track and field), Gwendelyn Hanna (track and field), Tyrece Johnson (track and field), Jaxon Konrad (men's swimming), Thomas Larocque (track and field), Abigail Lea (cross country and track and field), Caroline Poirier (track and field), Jacob Roussel (football), Nicole Wernham (women's volleyball), Martha Young (cross country)