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Finalists named for H.H. Kerr Female Athlete of the Year

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 week, has been highlighting the finalists for all six major awards as we prepare for the big night. Today we focus on the best of the best with the finalists for the H.H. Kerr Female Athlete of the Year award.

The H.H. Kerr Female Athlete of the Year award is given to the most outstanding female student-athlete in a sport where recognition by other coaches as an all-star, MVP, OUA medalist or qualify for U SPORTS finals or OUA finals are important criteria in the nomination. Exceptional skills as demonstrated by their sport specific statistics are essential to this recognition. Leadership and sportsmanship are secondary.

The following Ryerson Rams (in alphabetical order) were nominated and chosen as finalists for the H.H. Kerr Female Athlete of the Year award through the awards selection process.

Ailish Forfar – Hockey
In her final season as a Ram, Forfar etched her name into the history books this season. Not only did she set a new program record for points in a season, Forfar also became the first women’s hockey player to win conference and national awards. Forfar took home the OUA and U SPORTS Marion Hilliard Award for her athletic, academic, and community successes. She was also named an OUA First-Team All-Star and U SPORTS Second-Team All-Canadian. Serving as team captain, Forfar helped lead the Rams to their second ever playoff appearance and first postseason victory.

Sofia Paska – Basketball
Fourth year senior Sofia Paska had a year to remember. The OUA First-Team All-Star and U SPORTS Second-Team All-Canadian broke numerous Ryerson women’s basketball records this season and is now the all-time leading scorer and rebounder. Paska’s 20.3 points per game this season ranked her second in the OUA while her 9.3 rebounds per game was good for fifth. Paska’s play helped the Rams reach the OUA quarter-final.

Theanna Vernon – Volleyball
Now a three-time finalist for the H.H. Kerr award, Vernon put together the strongest season of her four-year career this season. Vernon set new personal bests in five different categories en route to being named an OUA First-Team All-Star. She made history when she became the first Rams women’s volleyball player to be named a U SPORTS All-Canadian. Vernon’s strong season helped lead the Rams to their first OUA and U SPORTS championship titles and earned her the most valuable player award at the national tournament.

Stay tuned to for the results from the 70th Annual Athletic Awards!


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