Reporter: Sheldon Andrew
Durham College has recognized its athletes for not only dedicating themselves in their sport, but for achieving academic success in the classroom as well.
DC hosted its fifth annual athletic academic luncheon on April 8.
The college awarded 28 students with OCAA All Academic award, which is the highest number of athletes getting the award from Durham College, beating its previous record of 27.
“We are extremely proud of our student athletes every day,” said Ken Babcock, director of athletics at Durham College and UOIT.
“The commitment they put in, the training, their dedication to the sport and representing our school is a tremendous accomplishment.”
Aron Naim, a Project Management student and member of the men’s basketball team, and Cheyenne Fraser of the women’s basketball team earned the Bert Dejeet Memorial Scholastic Award for having the top overall GPA among varsity student athletes.
The award is in honour of Bert Dejeet, a former dean in the School of Justice who died in 2007.
“It’s overwhelming, because I didn’t think I would have been the chosen one to get that award,” said Fraser, a 911 Emergency Justice student. “I’m pretty proud of myself because I know I’ve worked hard to get there, and dedicated myself to both basketball and academically.”
Kelsey Hare, Kauri Lafontaine, Petrus Kuypers, Riley McAllister, and Kate Mowat achieved a CCAA Academic All-Canadian award.
The awards are given to athletes that achieve honours by their school in the final academic semester and are named to the all-star team in their respective sport.
“They’re (the athletes) the role model achievers in leadership, and to be able to manage that kind of class schedule and represent the school is amazing,” said Babcock.
“Durham College is well considered an academic institution, strong academics with our athletic programs and we also succeed athletically as well.”
Babcock said the athletes work hard and have to combine training, traveling on the road and getting to school first thing in the morning.
About the transition from the classroom to the court, Fraser said athletes who want to play sports and still maintain a high GPA need to use the support around them.
“You have you teammates who will support you in anyway that they can, and take the time to spread things out and make sure that you’re organized,” said Fraser.
“Have everything spread out so you can dedicate yourself to sports and academics.”
Along with the athletes who attended the luncheon, coaches, faculty, and directors were there to support and congratulate the athletes on their hard work and achievements.