BLG nominees announced

The list of nominees for the BLG Awards, given annually to the top male and female CIS athletes, was announced earlier today [The Canadian Press via The Globe and Mail]. They're detailed below. We'll have more analysis on who's likely to win closer to the date of the awards ceremony (April 27).


Canada West nominee: Joel Schmuland, University of Alberta Golden Bears
Sport: Volleyball
Position: Right-side hitter
Key accomplishments:CIS Player of the Year, three national titles in five years

OUA nominee: Francesco Bruno, York Lions
Sport: Soccer
Position: Midfielder
Key accomplishments: CIS men's soccer MVP, helped earn York's first national championship in soccer since 1977

QSSF nominee: Etienne Legare, Laval Rouge et Or
Sport: Football
Position: Defensive lineman
Key accomplishments: CIS lineman of the year, ranked fourth among Canadian college players by CFL Scouting Bureau, helped Laval to second Vanier Cup in three years

AUS nominee: Marc Rancourt, Saint Mary's Huskies
Sport: Hockey
Position: Left wing
Key accomplishments: Men's hockey player of the year, led the country in points and assists

Canada West nominee: Annamay Pierse, University of British Columbia Thunderbirds
Sport: Swimming
Key accomplishments: 2008 Olympian, short-course world-record holder in 200m breaststroke, swept breaststroke events at nationals this year

OUA nominee: Lindsay Carson, Guelph Gryphons
Sport: Cross-country and track
Key accomplishments: Led Guelph [Greg Layson, The Guelph Mercury] to fourth straight national cross-country championship and second place overall at track nationals, won OUA silver and CIS bronze in cross-country, earned OUA and CIS gold in 1,500m and 3,000m, recorded second-fastest 3,000m time in CIS history

QSSF nominee: Charline Labonte, McGill Martlets
Sport: Hockey
Position Goalie
Key accomplishments: First-team All-Canadian, member of national team since 2005, earned gold with Canadian women's hockey team at 2006 Olympics, led McGill to 36-0 record and second straight national championship this year, currently playing for Canada at world championships

AUS nominee: Ghislaine Landry, St. Francis Xavier X-Women
Sport: Rugby
Position Fullback
Key accomplishments: Two-time CIS player of the year, rookie of the year in 2006, silver medalist [Monty Mosher, Halifax Chronicle-Herald] with Team Canada at 2008 world sevens championship, led X-Women to silver medals at nationals
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