SIRC- CCAA Academic All-Canadians

March 17th, 2013

VIU named Academic All-Canadian University

For the second time in history, the VIU Mariners were named the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association’s (CCAA) Academic All-Canadian institution by having the most provincial conference All-Star players with a B+ grade average.

VIU beat out every other college and university governed by the CCAA across the country with eight players named to the list: Stephen Ewashko and Matt Mehrassa, men’s soccer; Samantha Rodgers, women’s soccer; Melissa Liew and Pat Thompson, badminton; Shayna Worthington, women’s basketball; Leanna Gildersleeve, women’s volleyball; and Tory Zaytsoff, men’s volleyball.

Bruce Hunter, VIU’s Athletic’s Director, is excited with the Mariners recognition away from the game, saying, “This award shows the calibre of student athletes that the Mariner program is able to attract and the commitment to excellence shown by our coaches and athletes.”

Bill McWhinnie, head coach of VIU’s women’s basketball team, is pleased with the award and Worthington’s name being on the list.

“I believe that striving for academic excellence is more important than anything. To me, this means that we truly recruit ‘student-athletes’ at VIU,” McWhinnie says. “This is a great accomplishment for [Worthington], she has worked very hard this year to get to this moment. She is one of many girls on the women’s basketball team that excels in the classroom.”

The Mariners also won the PacWest aggregate award, recognizing the best all-around athletic program in the conference. VIU has won this award for seven consecutive years.





VIU Mariners wins the National SIRC-CCAA Academic All-Canadian Recognition award for the CCAA school with the most Academic All-Canadians.

This year VIU had eight CCAA Academic All-Canadians !!

Stephen Ewashko (MSoccer)
Matt Mehrassa - MSoccer
Samantha Rodgers - WSoccer
Melissa Liew - Badminton
Pat Thompson - Badminton
Shayna Worthington - WBasketball
Leanna Gildersleeve -WVolleyball
Tory Zaytsoff - MVolleyball

This is VIU's second time winning this prestigeous national award. Just a couple years ago VIU won with 9 CCAA Academic All-Canadians.


The SIRC-CCAA Academic All Canadian Award is the CCAA’s most prestigious student-athlete award, epitomizing their mandate of recognizing excellence in academics and athletics.  To achieve this honour, a student-athlete must be named to his/her respective Member Conference  All-Star teams (1st and 2nd) in a CCAA Sport, and achieve honours standing at our Institution.

To achieve excellence in both sport and academics requires tremendous skill, dedication and perseverance.  These qualities are also the foundation of what great community leaders are made of.

SIRC Sport Research is extremely proud to be the official sponsor of an award that celebrates outstanding athletes who are also passionate about excelling in their education