Sixteen Simon Fraser scholar athletes honoured

August 04, 2015

Sixteen SFU student athletes have earned the Faculty Athletic Representative Scholar-Athlete Award for maintaining a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.85 or higher, the Great Northwest Athletic Conference has announced.

Seven Simon Fraser athletes (three men and four women) have GPAs of 4.00 or better, out of a possible 4.33.

Among SFU’s award winners are diver Elizabeth Durward, golfer Mackenzie Field and middle-distance runner Lorenzo Smith, who each received the honour for the third straight year. Smith, with a 4.20 GPA in biomedical physiology, has the highest GPA among SFU’s 400 Clan athletes.

Four Clan scholar athletes were honoured for the second straight year.

Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR) awards are presented annually to the most outstanding scholar athletes at each of the GNAC’s institutions. All student athletes, including redshirts, listed on any GNAC squad list, regardless of whether the sport is a GNAC championship sport, are eligible for the award.

A faculty athletic representative is a member of the faculty at a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) member institution who has been designated to serve as a liaison between the institution’s faculty and athletic department. The FAR represents the institution in conference and NCAA affairs and “to ensure that the academic institution establishes and maintains the appropriate balance between academics and intercollegiate athletics."

Professor Peter Ruben is SFU’s faculty athletic representative.

A total of 156 GNAC student athletes, including 106 women and 50 men, received FAR Awards.