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G.L. Dobson Award finalists announced

By Andrea Elliott

TORONTO – The Ryerson University Athletics Department will honour its student-athletes and their accomplishments at the 70th Annual Athletic Awards Celebration on Saturday, April 7 at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel.

Over the course of the next few days, will highlight the finalists for all six major awards as we prepare for the big night. Today we showcase the females chosen as finalists for the Outstanding Contribution to Interuniversity Sport, Campus and Community Life award.

The G.L. Dobson award is given to a student-athlete, preferably in her graduating year, who has provided leadership and participation in a specific ongoing activity or in a collection of community and/or campus life activities. Also, this recipient is usually involved in a leadership role on a team, maintains a positive attitude both on and off the field of competition, and personifies sportsmanship.

The following Ryerson Rams (in alphabetical order) were nominated and chosen as finalists for the G.L. Dobson award through the awards selection process.

Ailish Forfar – Hockey
Fifth year senior Ailish Forfar is a first-time finalist for this award following a season dedicated to community events. Forfar won the OUA and U SPORTS Marion Hilliard Award that combines success in athletics, academics and community service. The captain of the hockey team was a participant in the Big Sister, Little Sister program, helped with the Blind Hockey event at the Mattamy Athletic Centre, assisted in the Do It For Daron annual fundraiser for youth mental health, and is the lead for the humanitarian trip to Ghana later this year.

Julie Longman – Volleyball
Now a second-time finalist for this award, fifth year libero Julie Longman continued to leave her mark in the community this season. Longman earned the OUA Award of Merit for her contributions to the community that included being an Academy Leader at the Nike Basketball events at the Mattamy Athletic Centre and a school visit leader as part of the Rams Care program.

Christie Robertson – Volleyball
Fourth year senior Christie Robertson is a first-time finalist for this award. Robertson spearheads and leads the partnership between the Rams and the Canadian Blood Services, holding several events on campus to promote blood donation and stem cell donors, as well as facilitating the donor clinic at the Mattamy Athletic Centre. Robertson is also involved in the community as an MLSE LaunchPad leader, a leader at the Nike Basketball Academy, and as a WE Day volunteer.

Gillian Rossi – Soccer
A second-time finalist for this award, third year midfielder Gillian Rossi created a girls soccer program at the Boys and Girls Club which ran for eight weeks on two separate occasions this year. Rossi is also involved in the Big Brother Big Sister Skate event and helps organize fundraisers around the Movember campaign. Rossi is also a leader at the Nike Basketball Academy and MLSE LaunchPad programs.

Stay tuned to for more finalist releases as well as the results from the 70th Annual Athletic Awards!


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