Basketball (W)

Griffins Fagan & O'Hallahan nominated to major CIS awards

Mar 9 2016


The Canada West University Athletics Association (Canada West) announced their 2015/16 women's basketball award nominees ahead of this week's Canada West Final Four tournament. Griffins fifth-year graduating seniors Kelly Fagan, St. Albert, AB, and Kelly O'Hallahan, Ngatea, NZ were each nominated to major Canadian Interuniversity Sport-Sport Interuniversitaire Canadien (CIS) this afternoon.

Fagan_Kelly_WBB_1516_webKelly Fagan
Position: Forward
Year at MacEwan U: 5
Major: B Science
Hometown: St. Albert, AB

Canada West Sylvia Sweeney Award nominee
Fagan, who was a second team all-star in 2014-15 and MacEwan’s team MVP, had another strong season for the Griffins on the hardcourt, as the lone player on MacEwan to average more than 30 minutes a night, while averaging 10.3 points per game.

Off the court, Fagan volunteered 30 hours per month at the University of Alberta stroke lab this year, while also volunteering with the Norwood Family and Child Resource Center, where she worked with young children. In addition to these volunteering opportunities, Fagan also worked with her local basketball association and with the Salvation Army.

In the classroom, Fagan is a two-time winner of the MacEwan University Lloyd Christenson Whole Person Wellness Award for her consistently exemplary GPA.

"Kelly is a very deserving recipient of the Sylvia Sweeney Award. She has done a remarkable job of balancing her school, community involvement, and basketball commitment during her time at MacEwan University and has excelled in all three areas. She will leave our program as a role model and we are very proud to have her in our basketball family," commented Griffins head coach David Oldham.

CIS presents the annual Sylvia Sweeney Award to a Canadian women's university basketball player who best exemplifies the values of athletics, academics and community involvement.

OHallahan_Kelly_WBB_1516_webKelly O’Hallahan
Position: Guard
Year at MacEwan U: 5
Major: B Arts
Hometown: Ngatea, NZL

Canada West Tracey McLeod Award nominee
After suffering a torn ACL back on January 17, 2015, Kelly O’Hallahan worked tirelessly this past summer to get back on the court for her final season of Canada West competition.

Thanks to her hard work and commitment, O’Hallahan returned to the Griffins in time for their home opener this past November, getting back on the court just seven months after surgery on her ACL.

The veteran played all 20 games for MacEwan this season, averaging over 20 minutes per game and 8.5 points, as the Griffins claimed the Explorer Division regular season title with a 17-3 record.

"Kelly (O'Hallahan) has shown tremendous character and resilience after suffering a potentially career ending injury in the middle of her fourth year. With no guarantee of returning to the court for her fifth year, Kelly focused on what she could control and got herself back playing through sheer will. We are proud to have Kelly as a role model for future Griffins, and she is very deserving of the Tracy MacLeod Award," said Oldham.

The award is named in honour of Tracy MacLeod, and rewards determination, perseverance and unwaivering spirit.

Source/Files: Canada West, CIS
Poster Design: Canada West

The MacEwan University Griffins are the 16 athletic teams that represent MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta, in seven sports. The university's teams are members of Canadian Interuniversity Sport and Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association, and compete in the Canada West Universities Athletics Association and Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference.

Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. Fifty-four members, 10,000 student-athletes and 550 coaches vie for 19 national championships in 11 different sports. The CIS also provides high performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, and 27 World University Championships.

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