Dec. 23 Brock on campus report
Brock University saw 305 of its student-athletes make the Badgers Honour Roll in the 2019-20 season by achieving an average of 80 per cent or higher.
“I am immensely proud of our student-athletes and their ability to focus, manage their time and dedicate their efforts to both their academics and athletics,” said Emily Allan, the interim director of Brock Sports. “This is no easy feat to achieve, yet our student-athletes keep showing they have the drive and determination to succeed both in sport and academics.”
Of the 305 on the honour roll, 106 Badgers were named 2019-20 U SPORTS Academic All-Canadians They achieved an academic standing of 80 per cent or higher while playing a U SPORTS-sanctioned sport.
“This validates all of the effort that I put into these various aspects of my life,” women’s hockey player Kaitlyn Colonna said. “I enjoy keeping busy and I take great pride in achieving a certain level of success on and off the ice.”
At the provincial level, Brock tallied a total of 207 Ontario University Athletics Academic All-Canadians.
“This is a reflection of all the hard work I put in. It lets me realize my sacrifices were worth it,” men’s wrestle Bobby Narwal said. “Whether it’s not going out with friends, because I’m in the library studying or at practice, or not going home to see my family every weekend. An honour like this makes me feel confident in myself, that I’m on the right path.”
Brock women’s volleyball and softball teams recorded the highest overall average at 80.9 per cent.
BROCK PROFS APPOINTED RESEARCH CO-LEADS
Brock sport management researchers Dawn Trussell and Shannon Kerwin have been appointed research co-leads for the scientific committee of the Government of Canada newly launched National Gender+ Equity in Sport Research Hub.
“This announcement has been years in the making,” said Trussell, an associate professor of sport management. “We are thrilled to be working in partnership with nine other esteemed colleagues across Canada to advance gender+ equity in the Canadian sport system and reimagining a sport landscape where girls and women can participate and flourish in their practice.”
The Sport Canada-funded hub was officially launched on Dec. 1.
“Gender+ recognizes that gender is not an identity experienced on its own. In order to achieve equity in sport, we must understand individuals as wholes with multiple, simultaneous identities,” Trussell said. “The collaborations taking place among the scientific committee members who represent research expertise on diverse social identities including indigeneity, race, disability, LGBTQ2S+ have been so valuable.”
Trussell, Kerwin and applied health sciences master’s students Amanda Lyn and Laura Lozinski recently completed a thematic review of the last 20 years of gender and participation research to identify trends and outline gaps.
“Through this review, we are helping the hub build a single database of research associated with understanding the nature of the experiences of women and girls in different sporting roles and forms of sport participation,” said Kerwin, also an associate professor of sport management at Brock. “The findings we have generated suggest research must adopt transformational interdisciplinary frameworks that connect research to social and political action.”
Trussell and Kerwin have been appointed for three-year terms.
“The next two years will not only be focused on commissioning, delivering and supporting innovative research projects, but it is an incredible opportunity to enhance training for the next generation of scholars and practitioners who are interested in this field of study,” Trussell said.