Thirty-six Academic Excellence Award winners among King’s athletics honorees

Thirty-six Academic Excellence Award winners among King's athletics honorees

On March 31, King’s athletes, coaches and community members gathered in Prince Hall for a banquet celebrating their accomplishments on the field, on the court and in the classroom. Thirty-six King’s students achieved honour roll standing this year, with a GPA of 3.7 or higher. Among them, seven Blue Devils earned CCAA Academic All-Canadian awards for being on the honour roll and being named a conference all-star.

Student athletes gather in Prince Hall for the Blue Devils athletic awards banquet

There was a lot to celebrate in King’s athletics this year: the badminton team won a fourth consecutive ACAA title and won two national silver medals; women’s rugby advanced to the ACAA final for the first time ever; men’s rugby, men’s basketball, women’s volleyball and women’s soccer all reached the semi-finals; and men’s soccer took a team with 12 rookies to the brink of the playoffs.

Perhaps the biggest thing to celebrate though, after a third year where the athletics season was paused due to the Covid-19 pandemic, was the ability to once again gather safely as a community.

Here is the full list of award recipients:

Special Awards

Blue Devil Special Recognition Award Eliza Burroughs

CCAA Silver Medalists Bryce Mason / Sam White

CCAA Silver Medalists Anna Gillies / Jack Ronahan

The Calvin Headley Award (Male College Rookie of the Year) Aidan Badcock-Parks

Female College Rookie of the Year Anna Gillies

Gary MacLean Award (Outstanding Contribution and Dedication) Dylan Aleck

Norman Grant Award (Outstanding Contribution and Dedication) Ilyas Kurbanov

Academic Excellence Margot Bunz

E.E. Bisset Award (Male Athlete of the Year) Bryce Mason

H.L Puxley Award (Female Athlete of the Year) Emma Wilson

Team Awards

Women’s Soccer

Most Valuable Player Anna Dugandzic
Most Valuable Player Tia Lovegrove

Men’s Soccer

Rookie of the Year Gareth MacKinnon
Aiden Harrington Award Matt Hines
Most Valuable Player Ethan Oderkirk

Women’s Basketball

Work Award Norah Quinlan
Blue Devil Award Chloe Oxner
Blue Devil Award Emma Garagan

Men’s Basketball

G.H. McConnell Award Ilyas Kurbanov
Rookie of the Year Josh Crocker
Most Valuable Player Jayden Nordin

Women’s Volleyball

Most Improved Player Naomi Puddicombe
Most Valuable Player Emma Wilson

Women’s Rugby

Rookie of the Year Chloe Beamish
Most Valuable Player Mackenzie Butt

Men’s Rugby

Coach’s Award Luke Dyment
Most Valuable Player Ryoma Mibuchi


Rookie of the Year Anna Gillies
Coaches Award Jack Gillies
Most Valuable Player Bryce Mason
Most Valuable Player Jack Ronahan

Academic Excellence Awards

Thirty-six King’s athletes received Academic Excellence awards, for achieving honour roll standing, a GPA of at least 3.7. Seven King’s athletes were CCAA Academic All-Canadians, meaning they achieved honour roll standing and were named a Conference All-Star.

Dylan Aleck
Halle Andreasen
Liam Bendzsa
Ethan Brownsey
Margot Bunz
Lucy Carolan
Katie Cheslock
Maria Collins
Anna Dugandzic (CCAA Academic All-Canadian)
Luke Dyment
Olivia Ellsworth
Caitlyn Gannon
Emma Garagan
Anna Gillies (CCAA Academic All-Canadian)
Jack Gillies (CCAA Academic All-Canadian)
Leah Hartlen
Olivia Izsac
Geevon Janday
Mackenna Laceby
Faye Little
Lucas Livingston
Tia Lovegrove (CCAA Academic All-Canadian)
Ethan Merlin
Elena Neufeld
Chloe Oxner
Noah Poitras
Claire Pontefract
Fiona Purdy (CCAA Academic All-Canadian)
Braeden Redshaw
Grace Rix
Jack Ronahan (CCAA Academic All-Canadian)
Dimitra Tsimiklis
Alice Twa
Josh Williams
Emma Wilson (CCAA Academic All-Canadian)
Lily Wright

Atlantic All-Stars

Women’s Rugby

Chloe Beamish
Mackenzie Butt
Hannah Risser
Caitlyn Gannon

Men’s Rugby

Ryoma Mibuchi
Dylan Aleck
Eric Murphy

Women’s Soccer

Anna Dugandzic
Tia Lovegrove
Rebecca Florean
Adriane Proudfoot
Kennedy Mackill

Men’s Soccer

Ethan Oderkirk
Cash Layden

Women’s Basketball

Jenna Bain

Men’s Basketball

Jayden Nordin

Women’s Volleyball

Emma Wilson


Anna Gillies
Jack Gillies
Bryce Mason
Fiona Purdy
Sam White
Jack Ronahan

Graduating Players

Lucy Carolan (Women’s Soccer), Chantel Sellars (Women’s Soccer), Lily Wright (Women’s Soccer), Mackenzie Butt (Women’s Rugby), Brooklyn Connolly (Women’s Rugby), Taryn Hanrahan (Women’s Rugby), Rosa Toutah (Women’s Rugby), Cale Hattori-Caspi (Men’s Rugby), Noah Lawless (Men’s Rugby), Josh Williams (Men’s Rugby), Chloe Oxner (Women’s Basketball), Ilyas Kurbanov (Men’s Basketball), Dali Lombardi (Men’s Basketball), Jayden Nordin (Men’s Basketball), Emma Wilson (Women’s Volleyball)

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