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Emma Lowry named an SIRC-CCAA Academic All Canadian

Emma Lowry
T. Lucas file photo
Chris Davis

Lundbreck's Emma Lowry is one of 127 student-athletes named as a Sport Information Resource Centre (SIRC) Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Academic (CCAA) All Canadian. Based in Ottawa since 1973, SIRC is a not-for-profit corporation mandated to provide information and serve the educational needs of organizations and individuals involved in, or responsible for the development of, sport and fitness in Canada and around the world.

In a press release issued on April 3 SIRC president and CEO Debra Gassewitz said “The student-athletes who have achieved excellence in both athletics and academics are role models for the youth of today and destined to excel in their future careers. SIRC is honoured to recognize these outstanding individuals as recipients of the SIRC-CCAA Academic All Canadian award.”

"The SIRC-CCAA Academic All Canadian award is the CCAA’s most prestigious student-athlete honour, epitomizing both organizations’ commitment to academic success and athletic achievement. Honourees must attain academic honours at their institution in addition to obtaining one of the following athletic achievements: named to their member conference All-Star Team (first or second) in soccer, volleyball, basketball or curling; earn a gold or silver medal at their member conference badminton championship; finish among the top seven men or women as well as finishing in the top third at their member conference cross-country running championship; or finish among the top three women or top five men as well as finishing in the top third at their member conference golf championship."

“The CCAA is proud to recognize and celebrate those student-athletes who’ve attained the highest possible CCAA honour in their pursuit of academic and athletic excellence,” said CAA Executive Director Sandra Murray-MacDonell.

Emma Lowry's recognition as All Canadian resulted from her efforts as a member of Lethbridge College's Kodiaks Women's Basketball team. "This is Emma's second year in the ACAC (Alberta College Athletic Conference), first year with the Kodiaks," said Elizabeth Lowry during an interview with Toni Lucas of the Pincher Creek Voice for an article celebrating the three Lowry sisters who played for the Kodiaks this season - Emma, Katheryne, and Elizabeth.

Emma was one of four basketball players and 31 Alberta college athletes to receiver this national recognition.

Emma Lowry as a Sabre in 2012 (playing against Ryley)
C. Davis file photo
2011 South Zone Champions Sr. Girls DragonsC. Davis file photo
Emma was a vital member of the 2010/2011 Dragons, who won the ASAA High School Provincials South Zone 1A Girls Basketball Championship in 2011. The Dragon had an astonishing 39-3 season that year. She was also a member of the Livingstone Sabres during their highly successful 2011/12 season before she returned to the Dragons.  Emma was named Chinook League MVP  4 years running, from  grade 9 through grade 12.  During the same time period she won the Alberta Shooting Star provincial awards for 1A rookie of the year in grade 9 and 1A player of the year in grades 10, 11, and 12. She was team captain in grade 12 at Livingstone.

Last year at the University of Alberta - Augustana Campus she was the rookie of the year for basketball as well as rookie of the year for all sports at the college. This year Emma was also named to the ACAC first team all-star team for basketball. A multi talented athlete and scholar who left behind some pretty tough track records to beat, it's safe to say basketball is Emma's favourite sport, but not the only sport at which she excels.

Emma is a guard for the Kodiaks, who ended their regular season in fourth place with a 17-3 record. Emma  took second place for scoring in the South Division with 17 points, just 1 point behind first placed Deanna Dotts. Katheryne Lowry took third with 11 points.

Related links and sources:
2013-14 SIRC-CCAA Academic All Canadian Awards
Alberta Colleges Athletic Conferences
Chinook Basketball
Lethbridge Kodiaks

Related stories:
Lethbridge Kodiaks basketball team home to three Lowry sisters this season
Sabres Sr. Girls number one in Foremost and Province (2012)

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