Excellence in Class and Competition

Excellence in Class and Competition

14 Tommies Earn U SPORTS Academic All-Canadian Award for 2016-2017

Fourteen student athletes at St. Thomas University have been named U SPORTS Academic All-Canadians for 2016-2017.

The recipients, who come from the Tommies women's hockey, cross country, and track and field teams, all achieved excellence in the classroom while managing their athletic responsibilities.

For Taylor Cook, a fourth-year goaltender for the women's hockey team, earning this award is the highlight of her academic career at St. Thomas.

"It means a lot that I'm receiving the U Sports Academic All-Canadian award because that was one of my goals at the beginning of the year," she said. "It's my first time receiving the award, and now that I've earned it I know I can hit the standard in the future."

With a tough athletic schedule, it wasn't easy for Cook to balance her academic responsibilities with her commitment to the women's hockey team.

"I wish I could say that balancing academics and hockey is easy, but it's definitely a difficult task," she said. "With help from the Learning Strategist at STU, I have an easier time scheduling when and how long I should study for each of my classes."

On top of her success in the classroom, the Brantford, ON, native boasted a .913 save percentage in 13 games played last season to help the Tommies finish the regular season with a record of 17-4-3.

This year, Cook will continue working toward a double major in Environment and Society and Political Science. After earning her Bachelor of Arts, she intends to attend law school with the hopes of practicing environmental law.

With this year's 14 award recipients, the Tommies have earned 326 Academic All-Canadian awards since 2000.

List of 2016-2017 Recipients
Noelle Gouchie, XC and Track and Field
Nathaniel Legere, XC and Track and Field
Brandon LeBlanc, Track and Field
Stephanie Gates, Track and Field
Anisha Romany, Track and Field
Sarah Hickman, Track and Field
Olivia Ricketts, Track and Field
Kelly Brennan, Track and Field
Shannon Cornelius, Track and Field
Kelty Apperson, Hockey
Taylor Cook, Hockey
Paige Jackson, Hockey
Samantha Squires, Hockey
Myfanwy Thomson, Hockey