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2021 Blue Devils Celebration of Excellence

2021 Blue Devils Celebration of Excellence

King’s student athletes, along with their fellow King’s community members, have demonstrated tremendous resilience this year, something that has been evident each day in their actions and in their outlook. It should be a great source of pride for all of us that we followed COVID-19 protocols, made adjustments, and trained all year! We even got some games in!

This “Celebration of Excellence” honours those who have achieved high levels academically and those who are finishing their time with us and who will soon graduate and move on to new life experiences.

To all of you, even if you are not personally recognized, please know we are so proud of everyone!

Celebration of Academic Excellence

Honour Roll

Congratulations to the following varsity athletes, who earned a GPA 3.7 or higher (based on first term grades).

Connor Adsett Victoria Iatrou
Dylan Aleck Olivia Izsak
Aidan Badcock Noah Lawless
Brenna Bagnell Faye Little
Jenna Bain Kallie MacKinnon
Brendan Balcom Ethan Merlin
Nick Brady Liam Morrison
Eliza Burroughs Sian Nielsen
Amy Carey Chloe Oxner
Lucy Carolan Adrianne Proudfoot
Dara Carr Lindsey Puddicombe
Travis Devonport Naomi Puddicombe
Larissa Dean Grace Rix
Anna Dugandzic Hassan Sadek
Luke Dyment Taylor Saunders
Emma Garagan Alex Soyko
Kayleigh Garland Ian Thomson-McKinnon
Jack Gillies Sophia Tonks
Shikha Gupta Claire Traynor
Lydia Hanson Mali Triger
Sophie Harriman Dimitra Tsimiklis
Leah Hartlen Emma Wilson
Kiana Higuchi Lily Wright
Abby Hourigan

Academic Excellence Award

Awarded to the students who have achieved the highest grade among varsity athletes (first term grades)

Anna Dugandzic, Women’s Soccer

First year Bachelor of Science student from Halifax, NS (Citadel High School)

Ethan Merlin, Men’s Basketball

Third year Bachelor of Science student from Sydney River, NS (Riverview High School)

University of King's College

Thank you Raeesa Lalani

Women’s volleyball coach, 2014 – 2020

On behalf of King’s and the Athletic Department along with volleyball players we thank Raeesa for her tremendous accomplishments bring the program to a semi-final appearance in 2019-20 and building a solid foundation for the future!

We wish her all the best in her future endeavours and know that she will be missed by all of us.

Tribute to Graduating Players

We are especially proud of our graduating student-athletes, though it must be acknowledged that this pride is also mixed with some regret, as we did not get our competitive seasons this year. Being with your King’s team and family was an important part of your lives for the past three or four years and we are so proud that you returned in such high numbers to be with your teams in this final year, in true Blue Devils fashion! This meant so much to all of us; younger players in particular will benefit greatly, because you have shown them a first-hand example of how to support your team in good times and bad.

We are proud of how well all of you represented us this year. In response to the tremendous uncertainly of this year, you have provided an example to future students, showing them that not even a pandemic can dampen the spirits of Blue Devils. I have no doubt that, led by your example, we will come out a lot stronger on the other side. Thank you to all who have come to practice, lived with us on and off campus, and trusted us to deliver the best possible program we could during these unprecedented times!

Women’s Soccer Lydia Hanson
Lauren Heaslip
Shikha Gupta
Men’s Soccer Brendan Balcom
Matthew Ryan
Hassan Sadek
Kenedy Usenobong Udofa
Shinji Yamamoto
Women’s Basketball Claire Hickman
Kallie MacKinnon
Sian Nielsen
Men’s Basketball Ilyas Kurbanov
Women’s Rugby Makaela DeClute
Bridget Landry
Talia Meade
Taylor Saunders
Men’s Rugby Connor Adsett
James Innes
Women’s Volleyball Abby Hourigan
Lindsey Puddicombe