Secretary to the Governor General to Honour Outstanding Student-Athletes

January 20, 2020

OTTAWA—Ms. Assunta Di Lorenzo, Secretary to the Governor General and Herald Chancellor of Canada, will present the Governor General’s Academic All-Canadian Commendation for the 2018-2019 season to eight recipients during a ceremony at Rideau Hall on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at 10:30 a.m.

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, will be travelling to Israel at the time of the event to attend the Fifth World Holocaust Forum at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Centre.

The Governor General’s Academic All-Canadian Commendation recognizes student-athletes who have maintained an average of 80 per cent or higher over the academic year while playing on one or more of their university’s varsity teams. U SPORTS selects one female and one male student-athlete from each of the four conferences.

Below is the list of the eight 2018-2019 recipients:

Atlantic University Sport (AUS)

Ciera Disipio – Cape Breton University – Women’s Soccer – Bachelor of Arts,
Community Studies
Liam Elbourne – St. Francis Xavier University – Soccer – Business / Economics

Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ)

Frédérique Beauchamp – Université Laval – Basketball – D. Médecine
Grayg Noireault – Université de Montréal – Soccer – Arts and sciences, Cinema

Ontario University Athletics (OUA)

Slater Doggett – Queen’s University– Hockey – Applied Economics
Zoe Sherar – University of Guelph – Track and Field – Economics

Canada West (CW)

Seth Friesen – Brandon UniversityVolleyball Science
Anna Mollenhauer University of Victoria Field Hockey Education, Recreation and Health

U SPORTS is the national brand for university sports in Canada. Every year, close to 20 000 student-athletes and 700 coaches from 56 universities vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. U SPORTS also provides higher performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, as well as through numerous World University Championships. For more information, visit


Media wishing to cover the event are asked to confirm their attendance with the Rideau Hall Press Office, and must arrive at the Princess Anne Entrance no later
than 10:15 a.m. on the day of the event.

Media information:

Julie Rocheleau
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-998-9166 (cell)

For more information on the commendation or to arrange interviews with the laureates, please contact:

Alan Hudes
905-508-3000 ext 242
647-991-5343 (cell)

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