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Finalists for H.H. Kerr Female Athlete of the Year

By Andrea Elliott

TORONTO – The Ryerson University Athletics Department will honour its student-athletes and their accomplishments at the 71st Annual Athletic Awards Celebration on Saturday, April 6 at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel.

Over the course of the next few days, ryersonrams.ca will highlight the finalists for all six major awards as we prepare for the big night. Today we focus on the best of the best with the finalists for the H.H. Kerr Female Athlete of the Year award.

The H.H. Kerr Female Athlete of the Year award is given to the most outstanding female student-athlete in a sport where recognition by other coaches as an all-star, MVP, OUA medalist or qualify for U SPORTS finals or OUA finals are important criteria in the nomination. Exceptional skills as demonstrated by their sport specific statistics are essential to this recognition. Leadership and sportsmanship are secondary.

The following Ryerson Rams (in alphabetical order) were nominated and chosen as finalists for the H.H. Kerr Female Athlete of the Year award through the awards selection process.

Kryshanda Green – Hockey
In her final season as a Ram, Green broke a pair of Ryerson women’s hockey records and is now the all-time leader in both points and goals. Green’s 21 points this season ranked her 9th in the OUA and helped her earn a nod as an OUA Second-Team All-Star. Serving as team captain, Green helped lead the Rams back to the playoffs and to their first postseason series victory in team history.

Sofia Paska – Basketball
Now a four-time finalist for the H.H. Kerr award, Paska had a strong season to close her illustrious career as a Ram. The fifth year forward was named an OUA all-star for the fifth time in her career after finishing sixth in the league in rebounding and 13th in scoring. Paska’s numbers extended her lead at the top of Ryerson’s record books as she graduates as the Rams’ all-time leader in points and rebounds.

Theanna Vernon – Volleyball
Last year’s winner of the H.H. Kerr award, Vernon put together another impressive season in her final year in the blue and gold. Vernon led the OUA in blocks and hitting percentage and was named an OUA First-Team All-Star. She then became the first women’s volleyball player to be named a U SPORTS First-Team All-Canadian. Vernon’s strong season helped lead the Rams back to the national championship title game and to silver medals on both the provincial and national level.

Stay tuned to ryersonrams.ca for more finalist releases as well as the results from the 71st Annual Athletic Awards!

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