Overview

The Canadian Athletic Foundation Presents the 22nd Annual BLG Awards

The 22nd Annual BLG Awards will take place on Monday, April 28, 2014 at EPCOR CENTRE’S, Jack Singer Concert Hall, 205 8th Avenue SE, Calgary, AB.


The 2014 BLG Awards, honouring the female and male student-athlete of the year in Canadian University Sport, are coming to Calgary Monday, April 28, 2014.
 


Decorated McGill University women’s hockey player Ann-Sophie Bettez earned the 2012 BLG Award. She talked about her final university win in March, 2013.


Doug Mitchell founded the BLG Awards, honouring the female and male athlete of the year in Canadian Interuniversity Sport, in 1993. His beliefs are strong as ever.
 


For decorated former Olympian and University of Toronto swimmer Liz Warden, her BLG Award came 12 years ago, but that seemed like only 12 minutes ago.
 


Laetitia Tchoualack earned the 2008 BLG Award after a dominant season at the University of Montreal. It was a nervous time, as she explained in this video.


Canadian Interuniversity Sport’s CEO talks about the lasting impact of the BLG Awards.


Titus Channer’s BLG Award from McMaster University came in 1998, which seemed like only yesterday.
 

 

 
About the Awards

Success in business is more readily achieved when an individual is a team player, has faced competition, and developed passion and an ability to effectively communicate. In the early 1990s, when Canadian universities were facing financial cutbacks and athletic programs seemed the first to be cut, it was hoped that by introducing the BLG Awards, we could assist in focusing attention on the importance of athletics at Canadian universities and at the same time, showcase the great student athletes we produce in Canada.

Since 1993, BLG has hosted the BLG Awards to honour the top university athletes in the country and promote post-graduate studies at Canadian universities. The BLG Awards are held in partnership with Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) - the national organization governing interuniversity sport in and for Canada. Each of the 55 CIS universities select a male and female athlete from which one male and one female nominee are chosen to represent Atlantic Canada, Canada West, Ontario and Québec. These eight nominees are then considered for the CIS Male and Female Athletes on the Year based on their athletic accomplishment, outstanding sportsmanship and demonstrated leadership. Winners are selected by the Canadian Athletic Foundation, a non-profit board established to administer the Awards and protect the integrity of the selection process.

The two BLG Awards winners each receive a $10,000 post-graduate scholarship to attend a Canadian graduate university and a trophy.

We continue to monitor the progress of past BLG Awards winners and are pleased to see their continued success in their professional and personal lives.

Canadian Interuniversity Sport

Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. The original CIAU Central was founded in 1906 and was composed only of universities from Ontario and Quebec. In the East, the Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association (AIAA) was founded in 1910, with members from Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland. The Western Intercollegiate Athletic Association (WIAA) was founded in 1920 and included members from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. With the rapid development of interuniversity sport in the late 1950s, it became quite apparent any future successful development needed to be coordinated and administered in a centralized location. Athletic Associations across the country found that there was a need for discussion on common issues pertinent to athletics and the provision for a communication vehicle among teachers, coaches, athletes and researchers. Thus, the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union (CIAU) was reconstituted in 1961 and was represented by the various universities from coast to coast. It continued until 2001, when the name was changed to Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS).
Click here to learn more about the CIS

Selection Criteria

The eight nominees are selected based on the following criteria:

  • Must have participated in a CIS sport for two years (including the current year of nomination)
  • Must be in a course of study leading to their first undergraduate degree or graduate program (minimum second year);
  • Must be the university’s Athlete of the Year or runner-up; and
  • Cannot be a previous BLG Award winner

The Canadian Athletic Foundation

The Canadian Athletic Foundation is a non-profit organization established for the express purpose of administering the Awards and protecting the integrity of the selection process.

The Board of Trustees has 21 members from five cities across Canada who are committed to this endeavour and to ensuring that Canadian university athletes receive the recognition they so richly deserve.

The Canadian Athletic Foundation Board of Trustees

BLG and CIS extend their sincere thanks and appreciation to the Canadian Athletic Foundation Board of Trustees and their respective organizations for their support.

Douglas H. Mitchell, C.M., A.O.E., Q.C., Calgary
Chairman, Board of Trustees, The Canadian Athletic Foundation

Rick Brace, Toronto

Malcolm Kirk, Toronto

Scott Mitchell, Hamilton

Timothy Buckley, Toronto

Jay Lilge, Toronto

Kelly Murumets, Toronto

Vito Culmone, Calgary

Karen MacNeill, Calgary

Robert G. Owen, Vancouver

Joe Gysel, Calgary

Tim Manning, Vancouver

David Stenason, Montréal

Donald Ingram, Calgary

Andy McCreath, Calgary

Scott Thon, Calgary

Ed King, Toronto

Darren McGuire, Montréal

 

Ken King, Calgary

Paul McMillan, Calgary

 

 
Rewarding the Winners

To recognize the dedication and hard work of the athletes in both their athletic and academic programs, and to support their continued education, the BLG Award winners receive:

  • a $10,000 post-graduate scholarship
  • a unique custom-made sculptured fossil-stone trophy

The Jim Thompson Trophy

In 2003, the Women’s Athlete of the Year trophy was named “The Jim Thompson Trophy” in recognition of the contribution of the late Jim Thompson, an original Trustee of the Canadian Athletic Foundation Board. Jim served on the Board of the Canadian Athletic Foundation since its inception in 1993. As President of TSN at the time, he was responsible for bringing the Awards to television. Jim was not only a strong supporter of the BLG Awards but a firm believer in the value of athletics at Canadian universities and of amateur sports.

At the time of his passing in 2002, Jim was the Chief Executive Officer and Secretary General of the Canadian Olympic Committee.

The Doug Mitchell Trophy

In 2009, the Men's Athlete of the Year Trophy was name "The Doug Mitchell Trophy" to honour Doug Mitchell, the Chairman of the Canadian Athletic Foundation and an original Trustee of the Board.

Hosts of the Show

Details to be announced shortly.

 

 

The Athletes

BLG Award Nominees & Winners: All-Time List
(see breakdowns by school & sport below)

Recipients in bold

2013-14 (winners to be announced on April 28)

AUS: Justine Colley, Saint Mary’s, basketball
AUS: Liam Heelis, Acadia, hockey
RSEQ: Katia Clément-Heydra, McGill, hockey
RSEQ: Jordan Heather, Bishop’s, football
OUA: Khamica Bingham, York, track & field
OUA: Philip Scrubb, Carleton, basketball
CWUAA: Lisa Barclay, UBC, volleyball
CWUAA: Derek Hulak, Saskatchewan, hockey

2012-13

AUS: Justine Colley, Saint Mary’s, basketball
AUS: Lucas Bloodoff, Saint Mary’s, hockey
RSEQ: Mélodie Daoust, McGill, hockey
RSEQ: David Tremblay, Concordia, wrestling
OUA: Britt Benn, Guelph, rugby
OUA: Kyle Quinlan, McMaster, football
CWUAA: Shanice Marcelle, UBC, volleyball
CWUAA: Gagan Dosanjh, UBC, soccer

2011-12

AUS: Tyson Beukeboom, StFX, rugby
AUS: Andrew Clark, Acadia, hockey
RSEQ: Ann-Sophie Bettez, McGill, hockey
RSEQ: Marc-André Dorion, McGill, hockey
OUA: Jacey Murphy, Guelph, rugby
OUA: Kyle Quinlan, McMaster, football
CWUAA: Robyn Pendleton, UBC, field hockey
CWUAA: Ben Ball, Trinity Western, volleyball

2010-11

AUS: Mariève Provost, Moncton, hockey
AUS: Michael Marousek, StFX, soccer
RSEQ: Véronique Laverdière, Montreal, soccer
RSEQ: Alexandre Picard-Hooper, McGill, hockey
OUA: Jessica Clemençon, Windsor, basketball
OUA: Tyson Hinz, Carleton, basketball
CWUAA: Shanice Marcelle, UBC, volleyball
CWUAA: Graham Vigrass, Calgary, volleyball

2009-10

AUS: Kelsey Hodgson, Cape Breton, basketball
AUS: Hunter Tremblay, UNB, hockey
QSSF: Véronique Maranda, Montreal, soccer
QSSF: Francis Verreault-Paul, McGill, hockey
OUA: Liz Knox, Wilfrid Laurier, hockey
OUA: Michael Faulds, Western Ontario, football
CWUAA: Liz Cordonier, UBC, volleyball
CWUAA: Erik Glavic, Calgary, football

2008-09

AUS: Ghislaine Landry, StFX, rugby
AUS: Marc Rancourt, Saint Mary’s, hockey
QSSF: Charline Labonté, McGill, hockey
QSSF: Étienne Légaré, Laval, football
OUA: Lindsay Carson, Guelph, cross country / track & field
OUA: Francesco Bruno, York, soccer
CWUAA: Annamay Pierse, UBC, swimming
CWUAA: Joel Schmuland, Alberta, volleyball

2007-08

AUS: Katherine Quackenbush, Memorial, basketball
AUS: Rob Hennigar, UNB, hockey
QSSF: Laetitia Tchoualack, Montreal, volleyball

QSSF: Jamall Lee, Bishop’s, football
OUA: Lindsay DeGroot, McMaster, basketball
OUA: Aaron Doornekamp, Carleton, basketball
CWUAA: Lani Gibbons, Simon Fraser, basketball
CWUAA: Ben Schellenberg, Winnipeg, volleyball

2006-07

AUS: Leanne Huck, Dalhousie, soccer / track & field
AUS: Jeff Weiler, Dalhousie, volleyball
QSSF: Audrey Lacroix, Montreal, swimming
QSSF: Patrick Donovan, Concordia, football
OUA: Eilish McConville, Queen’s, soccer
OUA: Daryl Stephenson, Windsor, football
CWUAA: Jessica Zelinka, Calgary, track & field
CWUAA: Josh Howatson, Trinity Western, volleyball

2005-06

AUS: Janice Ashworth, Dalhousie, cross country / track & field
AUS: Daniel Monid, UNB, swimming
QSSF: Marylène Laplante, Laval, volleyball
QSSF: Mathieu Poitras, McGill, hockey
OUA: Kate Allgood, Brock, hockey
OUA: Osvaldo Jeanty, Carleton, basketball
CWUAA: Sarah Crooks, Saskatchewan, basketball
CWUAA: Chris Meehan, Trinity Western, volleyball

2004-05

AUS: Adrienne Power, Dalhousie, track & field
AUS: Daniel Monid, UNB, swimming
QSSF: Danielle Day, McGill, soccer
QSSF: Christian Bernier, Montreal, volleyball
OUA: Cindy Eadie, Wilfrid Laurier, hockey
OUA: Jesse Lumsden, McMaster, football
CWUAA: Kelsie Hendry, Saskatchewan, track & field
CWUAA: Nicholas Cundy, Alberta, volleyball

2003-04

AUS: Adrienne Power, Dalhousie, track & field
AUS: Chris Stanley, Dalhousie, hockey
QSSF: Martine Dugrenier, Concordia, wrestling
QSSF: Ryan Tomicic, McGill, swimming
OUA: Alison Goodman, Wilfrid Laurier, soccer / hockey
OUA: Mike Smart, Carleton, basketball
CWUAA: Joanna Niemczewska, Calgary, volleyball
CWUAA: Adam Ens, Saskatchewan, volleyball

2002-03

AUS: Sarah Drake, UCCB, soccer
AUS: Richard Karikari, StFX, football
QSSF: Kim St-Pierre, McGill, hockey
QSSF: Patrick Banim-Massok, UQAM, track & field
OUA: Tara Hedican, Guelph, wrestling
OUA: Ryan McKenzie, Windsor, cross country / track & field
CWUAA: Jessica Kaczowka, Simon Fraser, basketball
CWUAA: Pascal Cardinal, Alberta, volleyball

2001-02

AUS: Carla Geurts, UNB, swimming
AUS: Mesut Mert, Saint Mary’s, soccer
QSSF: Sophie Simard, Laval, swimming
QSSF: David Stipe, Bishop’s, football
OUA: Elizabeth Warden, Toronto, swimming
OUA: Ben Chapdelaine, McMaster, football
CWUAA: Teresa Kleindienst, Simon Fraser, basketball
CWUAA: Brian Johns, UBC, swimming

2000-01

AUAA: Julie Pigozzo, Dalhousie, soccer
AUAA: Jason Sands, St. Thomas, hockey
QSSF: Sophie Simard, Laval, swimming
QSSF: Randy Chevrier, McGill, football
OUA: Jennifer Rawson, Toronto, hockey
OUA: Kojo Aidoo, McMaster, football
GPAC: Brandy West, Regina, hockey
GPAC: Shawn Peters, Regina, track & field
CWUAA: Leighann Doan, Calgary, basketball
CWUAA: Mark Versfeld, UBC, swimming

1999-00

AUAA: Stefanie Finateri, Dalhousie, soccer
AUAA: Fred Perry, StFX, basketball
QSSF: Sarah Ali-Khan, McGill, cross country / track & field
QSSF: Mathieu Darche, McGill, hockey
OUA: Janet Cook, McMaster, swimming
OUA: Michael Potts, Western Ontario, soccer
GPAC: Erin Soroko, Winnipeg, basketball
GPAC: Mark Gradt, Winnipeg, volleyball
CWUAA: Jenny Cartmell, Alberta, volleyball
CWUAA: Russ Hewson, Alberta, hockey

1998-99

AUAA: Ann Murrin, Memorial, basketball
AUAA: Éric Lapointe, Mount Allison, football
QSSF: Corinne Swirsky, Concordia, hockey
QSSF: Alexandre Marchand, Sherbrooke, track & field
OUA: Lamide Oyewumi, Toronto, track & field
OUA: Steve Maga, McMaster, basketball
GPAC: Corrin Wersta, Regina, basketball
GPAC: Dale Holmes, Regina, basketball
CWUAA: Stephanie O’Neill, Calgary, soccer
CWUAA: Warren Muzika, Saskatchewan, football

1997-98

AUAA: Jadranka Crnogorac, Saint Mary’s, basketball
AUAA: Jan Trojanowski, Acadia, basketball
QSSF: Corinne Swirsky, Concordia, hockey
QSSF: Hugues Legault, Montreal, swimming
OUA: Foy Williams, Toronto, track & field
OUA: Titus Channer, McMaster, basketball
GPAC: Louise Wlock, Manitoba, volleyball
GPAC: Heath McLeod, Winnipeg, volleyball
CWUAA: Sarah Evanetz, UBC, swimming
CWUAA: Mark Nohra, UBC, football

1996-97

AUAA: Carolyn Wares, Dalhousie, basketball
AUAA: Peter Benoite, Memorial, basketball
QSSF: Sonia Paquette, Sherbrooke, track & field
QSSF: Pierre Gendron, McGill, hockey
OWIAA: Karen Jackson, York, basketball
OUAA: Titus Channer, McMaster, basketball
GPAC: Terri-Lee Johannesson, Manitoba, basketball
GPAC: Byron Goodwin, Manitoba, track & field
CWUAA: Carla Somerville, Alberta, field hockey
CWUAA: Curtis Myden, Calgary, swimming

1995-96

AUAA: Paula Peters, Dalhousie, track & field
AUAA: Curtis Robinson, UPEI, basketball
QSSF: Vicky Tessier, McGill, basketball
QSSF: Trevor Lovig, Bishop’s, football
OWIAA: Justine Ellison, Toronto, basketball
OUAA: Aaron Pomeroy, Brock, wrestling
GPAC: Natalie Reimer Anderson, Winnipeg, volleyball
GPAC: Darrell Hees, Winnipeg, volleyball
CWUAA: Meagan Koch, Calgary, basketball
CWUAA: Don Blair, Calgary, football

1994-95

AUAA: Cindy Montgomerie, Acadia, soccer
AUAA: Scott Bagnell, Dalhousie, volleyball
QSSF: Linda Thyer, McGill, cross country / track & field
QSSF: Emerson Thomas, Concordia, basketball
OWIAA: Kelly Dinsmore, Windsor, track & field
OUAA: Bill Kubas, Wilfrid Laurier, football
GPAC: Lorriann Sawatzky, Manitoba, volleyball
GPAC: Scott Koskie, Manitoba, volleyball
CWUAA: Stacy Kozak, Calgary, field hockey
CWUAA: Jamie Pegg, Calgary, hockey

1993-94

AUAA: Katherine McNally, UPEI, field hockey
AUAA: Duane Dennis, Acadia, hockey
QSSF: Linda Thyer, McGill, cross country / track & field
QSSF: Michel Cazes, Laval, volleyball
OWIAA: Kelly Dinsmore, Windsor, track & field
OUAA: Tim Tindale, Western Ontario, football
GPAC: Sandra Carroll, Winnipeg, basketball
GPAC: Jeff Foreman, Winnipeg, basketball
CWUAA: Vicki-Susan (Sam) LeRiche, UBC, field hockey
CWUAA: Todd Goodwin, Alberta, hockey

1992-93

AUAA: Alanna Taylor, UPEI, soccer
AUAA: Vojtech Kucera, St. Thomas, hockey
QSSF: Andrea Nugent, McGill, swimming
QSSF: François Gravel, Laval, swimming
OWIAA: Nancy Sweetnam, Laurentian, swimming
OUAA: Tim Mau, Guelph, basketball
GPAC: Diane Scott, Winnipeg, volleyball
GPAC: Rob Olfert, Winnipeg, volleyball
CWUAA: Rochelle Low, Victoria, field hockey
CWUAA: Andy Cameron, Calgary, volleyball

Glossary

AUS: Atlantic University Sport
RSEQ: Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec
OUA: Ontario University Athletics
CWUAA: Canada West Universities Athletic Association
QSSF: Quebec Student Sports Federation
AUAA: Atlantic Universities Athletic Association
GPAC: Great Plains Athletic Conference
OWIAA: Ontario Women’s Interuniversity Athletic Association
OUAA: Ontario Universities Athletic Association

BLG Awards: Breakdown By School

Number of nominees including 2014 (number of winners: to be updated on April 28)

McGill: 19 (4)
Calgary: 12 (7)
UBC: 12 (4)
Dalhousie: 11 (1)
McMaster: 10 (4)
Winnipeg: 10 (2)
Alberta: 7 (2)
Concordia: 6 (1)
Laval: 6 (1)
Montreal: 6 (1)
Saint Mary’s: 6
Toronto: 5 (3)
Carleton: 5 (2)
Windsor: 5 (2)
Manitoba: 5 (1)
UNB: 5 (1)
Saskatchewan: 5 (1)
Acadia: 5
StFX: 5
Guelph: 5
Wilfrid Laurier: 4 (1)
Bishop’s: 4
Regina: 4
Western: 3 (2)
Trinity Western: 3 (1)
Memorial: 3
UPEI: 3
Simon Fraser: 3
York: 3
Sherbrooke: 2 (1)
Brock: 2
Cape Breton: 2
St. Thomas: 2
Laurentian: 1
Moncton: 1
Mount Allison: 1
UQAM: 1
Queen’s: 1
Victoria: 1

TOTAL: 194 nominees including 2014 (42 winners: to be updated on April 28)
Number of schools with at least 1 nominee: 39
Number of schools with at least 1 winner: 20

Blg Awards: Breakdown By Sport

Number of nominees including 2014 (number of winners: to be updated on April 28)

Women

Basketball: 22 (5)
Track & field: 17 (4)
Hockey: 14 (3)
Volleyball: 12 (7)
Soccer: 12
Swimming: 10 (2)
Field hockey: 6
Cross country running: 5 (1)
Rugby: 4
Wrestling: 2

* 5 nominees (including 1 winner) competed in both cross country and track & field
* 1 nominee competed in both soccer and track & field
* 1 nominee competed in both soccer and hockey

Men

Football: 22 (7)
Hockey: 20 (2)
Volleyball: 19 (4)
Basketball: 16 (3)
Swimming: 8 (2)
Track & field: 5 (2)
Soccer: 5 (1)
Cross country running: 1 (1)
Wrestling: 2

* 1 nominee (including 1 winner) competed in both cross country and track & field 

Media Advisory

22nd Annual BLG Awards

The nominees for the BLG Awards — CIS female and male athletes of the year — have been announced on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. MDT.

Please click here for the media advisory.

The BLG Awards

The BLG Awards were established in 1993 to recognize the top female and male athletes from universities affiliated with CIS.

On Monday, April 28, 2014 the eight national nominees will be honoured at the Jack Singer Concert Hall theatre, in Calgary. One female and one male winner will receive a $10,000 post-graduate scholarship, while all finalists will return home with a commemorative gold ring. Winners are selected by the Canadian Athletic Foundation, a not-for-profit board established for the purpose of administering the BLG Awards and protecting the integrity of the selection process. The CAF Board of Trustees consists of 21 members from five Canadian cities representing major corporations from across the country who are committed to ensuring that Canadian university athletes receive the recognition they deserve.

The awards show will premiere on Sportsnet in May.

The BLG Awards are based on athletic accomplishments, outstanding sportsmanship and leadership. Each of the 55 CIS schools selects one female and one male athlete of the year. From these nominees, one female and one male athlete are chosen within each of the four regional associations: Atlantic University Sport (AUS), Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ), Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and Canada West Universities Athletic Association (CWUAA). To be eligible, a student-athlete must have competed in a CIS sport for a minimum of two years and cannot be a previous recipient of a BLG Award.

2014 Female BLG Award Nominees (Jim Thompson Trophy)

AUS: Justine Colley, Saint Mary’s, basketball
RSEQ: Katia Clément-Heydra, McGill, hockey
OUA: Khamica Bingham, York, track & field
CWUAA: Lisa Barclay, UBC, volleyball

2014 Male BLG Award Nominees (Doug Mitchell Trophy)

AUS: Liam Heelis, Acadia, hockey
RSEQ: Jordan Heather, Bishop’s, football
OUA: Philip Scrubb, Carleton, basketball
CWUAA: Derek Hulak, Saskatchewan, hockey

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About Canadian Interuniversity Sport

Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. Every year, 11,000 student-athletes and 700 coaches from 55 universities and four regional associations vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. CIS also provides high performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, as well as numerous world university championships. For further information, visit www.cis-sic.ca or follow us on:

For further information, please contact:

Douglas H. Mitchell, C.M., A.O.E.Q.C.
Chairman, Board of Trustees, Canadian Athletic Foundation
National Co-Chairman
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
T: 403.232.9493
DMitchell@blg.com

Michel Bélanger
Manager, Communications & Media Relations
Canadian Interuniversity Sport
Off: (613) 562-5670 ext. 25
Cell: (613) 447-6334
Belanger@universitysport.ca

Contact

If you would like more information about the event and/or you would like to attend, please e-mail us at blgawards@blg.com or contact:

Douglas H. Mitchell, C.M., A.O.E.Q.C.
Chairman, Board of Trustees, Canadian Athletic Foundation
National Co-Chairman
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
T: 403.232.9493
dmitchell@blg.com