Gryphon Rugby Player Named OUA Athlete of the Year

May 10, 2013 - Campus Bulletin

For the second year in a row, a women’s rugby player at the University of Guelph has been named the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) female Athlete of the Year. Britt Benn received the honour at the 2013 OUA awards banquet Thursday night in Gravenhurst, Ont.

Benn BrittBenn, a fifth-year student from Napanee, Ont., was also a finalist for the prestigious Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Athlete of the Year award this season. She was the fifth University of Guelph athlete to be nominated for the CIS honour.

She shared U of G’s female Athlete of the Year award in 2013.

Jacey Murphy, another women’s rugby Gryphon, received the OUA award in 2012. Male OUA Athlete of the Year for 2013 was Kyle Quinlan, quarterback with McMaster University’s football team.

Benn ends her varsity career with five selections as an OUA all-star, four OUA scoring titles and four all-Canadian nods.

In 2008 she was named the OUA Russell division Rookie of the Year. Since then, she has led Guelph to the podium in four trips to the CIS championships, including three bronze medals and one gold.

This year, Benn helped lead the team to a 6-0 record in league play, its fifth consecutive OUA title and a CIS championship silver medal.

In 2013, she was named CIS Player of the Year, CIS all-Canadian, CIS tournament all-star, OUA MVP, OUA all-star and the Gryphon team MVP. She led the conference in scoring with 80 points on 16 tries, eight more than the next highest player.

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