OUA recognizes two outstanding Carleton student athletes

Carleton University student athletes Kasia Hart and Aaron Doornekamp are being recognized by Ontario University Athletics (OUA) for their success in combining athletics and academics. Hart, captain of the highly successful Carleton Ravens women’s water polo team, is Carleton’s 2007-08 OUA Woman of Influence, and Doornekamp, a power forward with the Ravens Men’s Basketball team, is one of the six OUA Champions for Life.

The OUA represents 19 universities and more than 9,000 student athletes. They compete for 40 provincial championships in 23 sports, so receiving this recognition is a significant achievement for both students. Hart led the women’s water polo team to back-to-back OUA titles in 2006-07 and 2007-08, while receiving excellent marks in her classics, religion and humanities program. She is in her fourth academic year and says, “It was difficult at times, but it’s just a matter of juggling my time and setting certain priorities.” Hart is also coach of the Ottawa community water polo team, the Titans, and will help coach the Ravens women’s water polo team after she graduates from Carleton.

“Kasia is an exceptional student athlete and will make a very positive role model as a coach,” explains Jennifer Brenning, Carleton’s director of recreation and athletics. “An award like Woman of Influence is excellent,” says Hart. “It’s a shame they can offer it to only one individual per year—there must be dozens of other women at Carleton who deserve this.” Doornekamp is a fourth-year Bachelor of Commerce student and a member of the five-time national champion Carleton Ravens Men’s Basketball team.

“Aaron has a strong work ethic and he displays this on and off the court,” says Brenning. “He is actively involved in the community, working in camps and clinics, and has achieved this level of athletic success while pursuing his commerce degree.” “Being a ‘champion for life’ is a nice honour,” says Doornekamp, “but I think it’s more reflective of my teammates and my coaches, and obviously my parents. I guess it shows that hard work pays off, but I don’t get hung up on awards like this. I’m just thankful for them and move on.”

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OUA Women of Influence

This Ontario University Athletics (OUA) program recognizes the top female scholar athletes from across the province. OUA Champions for Life The purpose of the OUA’s new awareness campaign, Champions For Life, is to keep the best student athletes in Ontario for their post-secondary careers. Six student athletes from across the OUA have been chosen to represent the campaign because they exhibit the qualities of both a champion of athletics and a champion of academics.

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