Ciera Disipio named as one of Top 8 Academic All-Canadians announced for 2017-18 season

Ciera Disipio named as one of Top 8 Academic All-Canadians announced for 2017-18 season

TORONTO (U SPORTS) – U SPORTS proudly announced Tuesday the student-athletes selected as Top 8 Academic All-Canadians for the 2017-18 season.


The elite group will be honoured on Jan. 29 at Rideau Hall in the nation's capital by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada.

The Governor General's Academic All-Canadian Commendation was founded by the Right Honourable David Johnston, former Governor General of Canada, who first honoured Canada's Top 8 student-athletes in 2013.

U SPORTS student-athletes achieve Academic All-Canadian status 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.

Among these outstanding individuals, one female and one male student-athlete from each of the four U SPORTS conferences are selected annually to make up the Top 8.  

"The list of Academic All-Canadians continues to grow each year," said Graham Brown, President and CEO of U SPORTS. "The success of the Top 8 is a testament to the dedication of our student-athletes on the field of play, in the classroom and as leaders in their communities across the country."



Name: Ciera Disipio
Hometown: Ottawa, Ont.
School: Cape Breton University
Faculty: Arts, Social Sciences & Culture
Program: Bachelor of Arts Community Studies
Sport:  Women's Soccer
Eligibility in 2017-18: 3rd year 

A native of Ottawa and the youngest of a family of five, Ciera Disipio has modelled herself after her hardworking parents and two talented, athletic sisters. Ciera won the AUS Rookie of the Year in her first season as a CAPER. She has also won back-to-back AUS MVP in women's soccer, led the AUS in scoring and was named a First Team All-Canadian for two consecutive years. She was also named the 2017 Cape Breton University Athlete of the Year. During her time with the CAPERS, the team has won three AUS titles, as well as U SPORTS silver and bronze medals.

Academically, Disipio has been a Dean's List student in her Bachelor of Arts Community Studies degree and is a member of the Honour's Society. A two-time U SPORTS Academic All-Canadian the last two years and a James Bayer Memorial Scholarship nominee on the Sydney, N.S., campus.

In the community, the 21-year-old is involved with the Undercurrent Youth Centre, Fanatics in Training, Youth in Motion, Shoot for the Cure and the Student Advisory Council, to name just a few organizations. She is also a volunteer soccer coach with the Soccer Cape Breton Under 17 team and in her hometown of Ottawa with the Ottawa Fury Minis Program.

"Ciera is a model student. Because she stands out as an exceptional student, I have hired Ciera as a research assistant to help me with my research program and to provide her with further academic training," said Professor Bettina Callary. "Ciera came to me early in her bachelor's degree to inquire about graduate studies, showing her initiative and ability plan for her future well in advance,"

"Ciera is a true pleasure to coach. During my association with her, I have come to know her as an extraordinary young lady, who is admired by everyone who knows her," said Cape Breton women's soccer head coach Ness Timmons. "She is a dedicated and determined individual, with an outstanding work ethic. She is our most valuable team member in many ways. Terrific as a player on the field, but her contribution as a team leader stands out even more. As team captain, she shows great leadership skills and is considered a role model for all our players. She is an excellent teammate and is always willing to go the extra mile. Her honesty, integrity, and unselfishness are second to none."

To read profiles of each member of the 2017-18 Top 8, please see the complete U SPORTS release.