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

OTTAWA, Nov. 7, 2016 /CNW/ - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will present the Governor General's Academic All-Canadian Commendation for the 2015-2016 season to eight recipients during a ceremony at Rideau Hall on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, 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 U Sports, formerly known as Canadian Interuniversity Sport, and its four regional associations.

Below is the list of the eight 2015-2016 recipients:

Atlantic University Sport (AUS)

Elenor HenryMount Allison University – Soccer – Biochemistry
Geoff SchemitschAcadia University – Hockey – Kinesiology

Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ)

Gabrielle Lapointe – Université Laval – Soccer – Medicine
François JarryMcGill University – Cross Country/Track and Field – Physical and Health Education

Ontario University Athletics (OUA)

Cindy Nelles – McMaster University – Rugby – Civil Engineering
Colin BehennaUniversity of Waterloo – Hockey – Math and Business

Canada West Universities Athletics Association (CWUAA)

Rebecca TerejkoUniversity of British Columbia – Swimming – Kinesiology
Chad BushUniversity of British Columbia – Soccer – History

About U Sports
Like its previous aliases, CIAU and CIS, U Sports will continue its role as the leader of university sports in Canada. Every year, over 12 000 student-athletes and 500 coaches from 56 universities vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. U Sports also provides higher performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, as well as numerous world university championships. For further information, visit

Media wishing to cover the event are asked to confirm their attendance with the Rideau Hall Press Office, and must arrive at the Princess Anne Entrance no later
than 10:45 a.m. on the day of the event.

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SOURCE Governor General of Canada

For further information: Media information: Emily Keogh, Rideau Hall Press Office, 613-993-2569,; For more information about the Governor General's Academic All-Canadian commendation or to arrange interviews with the recipients, please contact: Ken Saint-Eloy, U Sports, 647-871-7595,

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