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Student athletes honoured, including a former soccer player for Trinidad and Tobago's national team

Devon Bowyer [Photo courtesy U of T Varsity Blues Soccer]

Varsity soccer player Devon Bowyer is one of six University of Toronto Scarborough student-athletes who have dedicated years to training both their bodies and minds. And the hard work has paid off. The soccer defender has received four Ontario University Athletics’ East all-star awards. And this year, he’s being recognized at the University’s 7th Annual Academic Breakfast.

“It’s the first time I’m being acknowledged for my academic accomplishments,” says Bowyer. He’s honoured that his name is now included alongside some of the University’s brightest minds.

Bowyer once played soccer with the Trinidad and Tobago national team and brought that professionalism to his work as a head instructor coaching five to 15-year-old Scarborough Boys and Girls Club members in the basic fundamentals of soccer at summer camp on the U of T Scarborough campus, while also teaching soccer to fellow students in a Learn to Play program, and through his work managing on-site soccer rentals for the Department of Athletics & Recreation.

In his final year of studies, Bowyer is focused on his double major in Health Policy and International Development Studies. He also balances 12 hours of Varsity Blues’ soccer practice each week with weekend games and on-campus jobs. 

“I get a lot of support from my family and friends,” Bowyer acknowledges. “It’s all about time management.”

U of T Scarborough students also honoured on November 15 include: Shaun Hanycz (Swimming), Christiana Agustin (Cross Country), Colin Edwards (Baseball), Emily Boyer (Lacrosse) and Aliya Shafi (Fast Pitch). These students are honoured with student athletes from across the University, who achieved a GPA of 3.5 or higher in all of their courses during the past academic year while competing for a Varsity team and playing at the highest level of university sport.

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