UBC Thunderbird left side hitter Shanice Marcelle spikes the ball past the Trinity Western Spartans during Canada West volleyball play earlier this year. Marcelle has since been named the top CIS volleyball player of the year and the Canada West top athlete of the year.

Spectrum volleyball grad shortlisted for CIS top athlete of the year award

Former Saanich resident Shanice Marcelle of the UBC Thunderbirds named the top overall athlete in Canada West

Former Saanich resident Shanice Marcelle of the UBC Thunderbirds was named the top overall athlete in the Canada West conference university athletics.

This award is in addition to Marcelle recently being named the top CIS female volleyball player of the year, which she also won in 2011.

It’s the second time the volleyball star has been named the Canada West Female Athlete of the Year, having also won that award in 2011.

Marcelle, a Spectrum Community school grad, recently ended her career with UBC by winning a fifth straight Canadian Interuniversity Sport volleyball championship,

She is now shortlisted for the CIS overall athlete of the year award, in which one male and one female athlete are chosen and transcend all discipline as the top national athlete of the year. The winners will be named at the 21st annual Borden Ladner Gervais (national law firm) Awards on Monday, April 29, in Toronto. If she wins, Marcelle will receive a $10,000 post-graduate scholarship. All finalists are provided a commemorative gold ring.

Former Thunderbirds field hockey player Robyn Pendelton, a Vic High grad, was the Canada West Female Athlete of the Year in 2012.

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