Ontario Tech honours excellent athletes who also excel in the classroom

Ontario Tech recognized its top student athletes recently. Photo credit: Courtesy of Ontario Tech athletics

The UOIT Ridgebacks are celebrating 47 student athlete academic winners.

The big winners of the Bob and Sallie Baun Award were Josh Maguire of the men’s hockey team, Brittany Andrey of the women’s curling team, Katherine Koehler-Grassau of the women’s soccer team and Norbert Wojdylo of the men’s badminton team.

The Baun award goes to student athletes who have high grades and contributed in the community. They also won the award for having the top grade point average by sport.

Maguire has spent two years with the Ridgebacks as a left winger.

He finished sixth in team scoring with a career high six goals and 10 assists in 28 regular season games.

“To be honest when I first found out I was extremely happy and surprised, I’ve never won any academic awards for my grades or anything in school. I worked really hard for my grades, studying hard, and putting that time. It was really honouring getting this award,” said Maguire.

This was the eleventh time these awards have been held at UOIT.

Maguire is able to balance hockey and school by doing his work before games and practices.

“I think playing on a hockey team really helps in a sense that it forces me to look forward a little bit further into my schedule and plan for study times instead,” said Maguire. “Knowing that I have to plan for when I’m going to do my school work further in advance, allows me to get a lot more study hours.”

Maguire wants to pursue a career as a police officer after he is done his program at UOIT.

Koehler-Grassau has played at midfield with the Ridgebacks since 2014 and was named to the Ontario University Athletics east first all-star team in 2017. She was also named a U SPORTS second team All-Canadian in the same year.

Koehler-Grassau is able to balance soccer and school because it’s something she has been doing her whole life.

She started off with Timbits soccer at four-years old and started playing competitive soccer at age of 10. Being able to have a high GPA and do well on the field has become natural to Koehler-Grassau.

“Balancing soccer and school I’ve done that my whole life because I’ve always played soccer and played on competitive teams, so I have become used to doing that, I guess.”

Koehler-Grassau studied applied and industrial mathematics at UOIT for five years.

She was able to get her degree and finish with a 3.5 GPA. She loves math and says it’s something that has always been natural to her.

“Well honestly, I love math it makes sense to me that’s kind of how I chose to go into that program. I like calculus and advanced functions in school, so I said to myself ‘why not try and do some math in university?’,” said Koehler. “I just put a lot of effort into it and it’s something that has always came naturally.”

In September she will be attending Western University to become a teacher as she wants to pursue a career teaching Grades 11-12 calculus and advanced functions.