Media Advisory - Governor General to Honour Outstanding Student-Athletes at Rideau Hall

OTTAWA, Nov. 13, 2015 /CNW/ - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will present the Governor General's Academic All-Canadian Commendation for the 2014-2015 season to eight recipients during a ceremony at Rideau Hall on Monday, November 16, 2015, at 11 a.m.

The Governor General's Academic All-Canadian Commendation recognizes student-athletes who have maintained an average of 80 per cent or higher over the academic year while playing on one or more of their university's varsity teams. These "Top Eight Academic All-Canadians" are selected by Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) and its four Regional Associations.

Below is the list of the eight 2014-2015 recipients:

Atlantic University Sport (AUS)

Katie Ross - Acadia University - Soccer & Basketball – Kinesiology
Cole Grbavac - St. Francis Xavier – Hockey – Accounting (minor in Economics)

Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ)

Katia Forcier -Université de Montréal – Volleyball - Audiology
François Bourque - McGill University – Basketball – Accounting

Ontario University Athletics (OUA)

Sasha Gollish - University of Toronto - Track & Field – PHD (Civil Engineering)
Austin Kennedy - University of Windsor – Football – Finance (minor in Psychology)

Canada West Universities Athletics Association (CWUAA)

Sarah Wierks -University of the Fraser Valley – Basketball - Kinesiology
Andrew Buckley - University of Calgary – Football - Kinesiology

In 2014-2015, a record 3 101 CIS student-athletes achieved an academic average of 80 per cent or higher, demonstrating their commitment to success in the classroom as well as on the playing field. These recipients represent the best and brightest, having achieved outstanding academic success while representing their university on varsity teams.

About Canadian Interuniversity Sport
CIS is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. Every year, 11 500 student-athletes and 700 coaches from 56 universities and four regional associations vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. CIS also provides high-performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at winter and summer universiades, as well as at numerous world university championships. For further information, visit

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For further information: Media wishing to cover the event are asked to confirm their attendance with the Rideau Hall Press Office, and must arrive at the Main Entrance no later than 10:45 a.m. on the day of the event. Media information: Josephine Laframboise, Rideau Hall Press Office, 613-993-4186, 613-668-1929 (cell),; For more information about the Governor General's Academic All-Canadian commendation or to arrange interviews with the recipients, please contact: Michel Bélanger, Canadian Interuniversity Sport, 613-562-5670 ext. 25 (office), 613-447-6334 (cell),

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