Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Lancers Star Williams Looking to Add to Accomplishments at BLG Awards

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Lancers Star Williams Looking to Add to Accomplishments at BLG Awards

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Lancers star Williams ready for BLG awards

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CALGARY - Korissa Williams has had many accomplishments over her five-year career at the University of Windsor while playing for their women's basketball team. None of those accomplishments, however, are as good as being nominated for the CIS female athlete of the year.

Williams is one-of-four nominees for the Jim Thompson Trophy at the 23rd annual BLG Awards on Monday night at Calgary's Martha Cohen Theatre.

"For almost the whole of my career, I think that this has to be the biggest accomplishment," said Williams prior to Sunday afternoon's reception for all eight male and female award nominees. "I'm grateful and I'm humbled and I'm super excited to be up there with celebrities."

This season, Williams helped her hometown Lancers win their fifth straight Canadian Interuniversity Sport national championship and was selected as the tournament's most valuable player.

The celebrities William's referring to are her fellow nominees, which include McGill University basketball player Mariam Sylla from Conakry, Guinea, St. Francis Xavier University rugby player Emma Taylor from Scotsburn, N.S., and Trinity Western University soccer player Jessica King from Liverpool, England.

On the men's side, the nominees up for the Doug Mitchell Trophy are Cape Breton University soccer player Justin Maheu from Ottawa, McGill hockey player Cedric McNicoll from Boucherville, Que., University of Guelph cross country and track and field star Ross Proudfoot of Sudbury, Ont., and University of Calgary quarterback Andrew Buckley.

"I'm happy it's in Calgary and it's cool that we get to showcase our city," Buckley, a Calgary native, said. "This is kind of like the pinnacle of college athletics and to take home the top award would be obviously a dream come true."

The two BLG Award winners each will receive a $10,000 post-graduate scholarship. The awards date back to 1993 and are sponsored by and named for the law firm Borden Ladner Gervais.

In addition to being presented with white cowboy hats on Sunday, the eight nominees also each received a custom-made commemorative gold ring.

"I didn't want to miss the luncheon, because getting your rings and getting your hat and everything, it's great to be there when the people are actually around to say thanks and tell them how honoured you are," said Proudfoot, who flew into Calgary on Sunday and just made it in time for the end of the luncheon. …

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