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CIS recipient Tyson Hinz honoured at Rideau Hall

OTTAWA (CIS) – Carleton’s Tyson Hinz is one the Canadian Interuniversity Sport student-athletes announced last month (Oct. 14) as Top Eight Academic All-Canadians for the 2013-2014 season. He and seven others were honoured in Ottawa this morning.

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, presented the second Governor General’s Academic All-Canadian Commendation to the eight recipients, during a ceremony at Rideau Hall.

Every year, a growing number of CIS student-athletes are recognized as Academic All-Canadians, having maintained an average of 80 per cent or better over the academic year while competing for one – or more – of their university’s varsity teams.

In 2013-14, a record 2,861 students achieved the prestigious status, eclipsing the previous mark of 2,695 set a year ago.

Among these outstanding individuals, one female and one male student-athlete from each of the four CIS regional associations are selected annually to make up the Top Eight.

The 2013-14 recipients from Atlantic University Sport (AUS) are Michelle Pryde, a soccer player and chemistry student from Acadia, and Adrian Robertson, a hockey player and business administration student from UNB.

Representing the Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) are McGill standouts Mariam Sylla, a basketball player and pharmacology student, as well as Cédric McNicoll, a hockey player and accounting major.

The winners from Ontario University Athletics (OUA) are Western’s Caroline Ehrhardt, a track and field athlete and health sciences student, as well as Carleton’s Tyson Hinz, a basketball player and commerce student.

Last but not least, the Canada West Universities Athletic Association (CWUAA) recipients are Manitoba volleyball player Brittany Habing, a science student, and Alberta basketball player Jordan Baker, who is currently working towards his master’s degree in coaching.

“The record number of Academic All-Canadians once again this year speaks volume about the quality of our student-athletes, but also our coaches, support staff and our universities,” said CIS chief executive officer, Pierre Lafontaine. “The Top Eight represents the very best of what university sport is all about. To be selected among 11,500 of their peers is an achievement these exceptional student-athletes should be extremely proud of.”

Name: Tyson Hinz
Hometown: Ottawa, Ont.
School: Carleton University
Faculty: Commerce
Program: General Commerce
Sport: Basketball
Eligibility in 2013-14: 5th year

Tyson Hinz, who was born in Sherbrooke, Que., but moved to Ottawa at a young age, wrapped up one of the most successful careers in CIS men’s basketball history last march. Over his five seasons with the Ravens, the 6-foot-6 forward guided Carleton to four CIS titles, was twice voted MVP of the national championship and was a four-time all-Canadian, including in 2010-11, when he was named the CIS player of the year in men’s basketball and CIS overall male athlete of the year (BLG Award). He also helped Canada claim silver at the 2011 Summer Universiade in China.

Hinz, who is now playing professionally in Holland, graduated last spring with a Bachelor of Commerce from Carleton’s Sprott School of Business. In 2013-14, he maintained a GPA of 10.56 out of 12.0.

Throughout his five years at Carleton, Hinz was actively involved with both the Ottawa area Spirit Program and Camp Merrywood, helping children with special needs. He also assisted in the coaching of many basketball teams and skill sessions with the Ottawa Guardsmen Basketball Club.

“Tyson exemplifies the ultimate student-athlete and is the type of player that every coach looks for,” says Carleton head coach Dave Smart. “He not only excels at his sport, he is a proven leader to his teammates, a role model in the community and very focused in the classroom. His five-year commitment to the Carleton basketball program helped us get to the next level every day. I am excited to watch him continue his basketball career, professionally in Holland, and know he will continue to represent the Ravens well.”

For more information:

Michel Bélanger
Manager, Communications & Media Relations
Canadian Interuniversity Sport
Off: (613) 562-5670 ext. 25
Cell: (613) 447-6334
belanger@universitysport.ca