16 King's student-athletes are named all-Canadian
December 21, 2017
16 King’s students earned 80% averages in the 2016-17 academic year while playing a varsity sport. Western University and affiliates boast a total of 371 all-Canadians. Each of the 371 recipients received a certificate on Wednesday, November 29, at the Freedom 55 Financial Scholar-Athlete Luncheon.
A Champions Reception held Thursday, December 7 in the King Centre recognized the achievements and successes of King’s student-athletes who were part of 7 national championship teams this fall. Additional we honoured two individual students who competed for Canada, Veronica Harrigan in Women’s Rugby and Caleb Rutner in Wrestling.
“We honour the achievements of our student-athletes at King’s University College. We enjoy a great partnership with the Mustangs athletics program and are very proud of the contributions our students make in the classroom, on the playing field and in our communities. King’s has literally been home to hundreds if not, thousands of Mustangs, since our founding in 1954. As part our mission and values in forming students as whole persons, athletics plays a critical role in how we view student success,” says Dean of Students, Joe Henry.
Ten of the all-Canadians are current students:
Christopher Anthony (specialization in Political Science) is on the figure skating team.
Haley Dick (major in Criminology) is on the track & field team.
Kristen Pearn (major in Criminology) plays softball.
Lucas Peressini (specialization in Finance and Administration) plays hockey.
Mackenzie Puklicz (major in Economics, minor in math) plays basketball.
Braeden Salverda (specialization in Finance and Administration) is on the hockey team.
Bianca Scaletta (specialization in Catholic Studies for Teachers) is on the rowing team.
Lindsey Smith (major in Disability Studies, minor in Psychology) plays squash.
Jessica Vieira (specialization in criminology) plays soccer.
Alexander Wood Balsom (specialization in History) is on the fencing team.
The remaining six all-Canadians for 2016 are now alumni:
Michael Choja ’17 (volleyball)
Hilary Dingman ’17 (rugby)
Omar Halbouni ’17 (rugby)
Andrew Johnston ’17 (rowing)
Amy O'Donnell ’17 (Track & Field)
Arizona Phoenix ’17 (baseball)