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Imran Ahmed wins CIS Soccer Award
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:

First Team
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    Carleton

Second 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

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