Every year, hundreds of U SPORTS student-athletes balance academics and athletics, always working towards finding a way to excel at both.
For Concordia wrestler Francis Carter and former Alberta football running back Ed Ilnicki, excelling only begins to describe their achievements in their respective sports and in the classroom.
Carter and Ilnicki were both nominated in June for the 2018 BLG Award for U SPORTS Male Athlete of the Year across all sports. Now, both have also been named Top 8 Academic All-Canadians for their success in their studies, and will be honoured by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette at the Governor General’s Academic All-Canadian Commendation on Jan. 29 at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. Together, the two awards represent the highest honours given to U SPORTS student-athletes.