OTTAWA – Golden Hawk Imran Ahmed
of Windsor, Ont. has been named the CIS Student-Athlete Community Service Award Winner at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport men’s soccer championships this evening.
The award was the only one received for a Golden Hawk as the major awards were awarded to York’s Francesco Bruno for player of the year, Western’s Pat Mroczek for rookie of the year and Dalhousie’s Pat Nearing for coach of the year.
Ahmed, a 5-foot-8, 160-pound midfielder, was an integral part of the Golden Hawks’ success this season as Laurier captured its first OUA banner since 2000 and earned a berth in the CIS championship for the first time since the team claimed back-to-back national titles in 2000 and 2001.
Away from the pitch, Ahmed, who holds a 9.0 grade point average (out of 12) and is applying for grad school, is president of both the Lettermen Club and the Italian Club at Laurier, groups that are responsible for organizing school functions, fundraising initiatives and volunteer opportunities that benefit both the school and the community.
Ahmed has helped raise money for the fight against breast cancer through his involvement with the university’s women’s flag football organization, has taken trips to local schools to help children with arts and crafts, and has organized a Lettermen Kids Day, which brought elementary school kids from the Kitchener-Waterloo Community together to show them the importance of athletics and academics. He is also an instructor with a local soccer academy, Elite Athletes International, which develops players aged six to 16.
“Imran is one of those people who wants to be involved in many aspects of life,” commented Laurier head coach MARIO HALAPIR
. “He enjoys working with kids and trying to do things to raise awareness of sport and create positive opportunities.”
In addition to the major awards distributed the following all-Canadians were presented to the group:
Position Athlete University
Goalkeeper Gerardo Argento Montreal
Defender Augustin Nechad Montreal
Defender Graham Smith UBC
Defender Jonathan McNeil Saint Mary’s
Midfielder Gerard Ladiyou York
Midfielder Francesco Bruno York
Midfielder Olivier Babineau Moncton
Midfielder Nick Poole UBC
Striker Yannick Rome-Gosselin Sherbrooke
Forward Cole McFarlane Victoria
Striker Matthew D’Angelo CarletonSecond Team
Goalkeeper Srdjan Djekanovic UBC
Defender Nicholas Persichino Carleton
Defender Paul Hamilton Trinity Western
Defender Alex Lévesque-Tremblay Laval
Midfielder Wandrille Lefevre Montreal
Midfielder Ross Hagen Dalhousie
Forward / Mid. James Scholefield McGill
Striker Ken Morrison UNB
Striker Paul Craig UPEI
Forward Brett Colvin Alberta
Forward Pat Mroczek Western