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March 4, 2022 6:35 PM

Conestoga student-athlete receives national recognition

Charlotte Clifford, a member of Conestoga's women's basketball team, has been recognized as a top athlete by the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) and the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) for her performance on the court. 

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Charlotte Clifford was named athlete of the week by both the OCAA and CCAA.

The OCAA and CCAA each named Clifford an athlete of the week for February 23 after two games at Redeemer College. The team came away with a split after winning their first victory of the condensed season, with Clifford scoring a game-high 36 points while grabbing 18 rebounds in a 76-67 win in the last game. The forward also contributed five assists and two steals. Clifford has achieved a double-double in her last three consecutive games.

"Charlotte has been a wonderful addition to our women's basketball program, displaying dominant performances over our last few games," said Andrew Bates, manager, Athletics & Recreation. "She is a versatile player with a strong work ethic and a pleasure to watch. Charlotte is a fantastic example of the academic and athletic success our student-athletes at Conestoga strive for."

Clifford, a student in Conestoga's Advanced Police Studies program, is in her first season with the Condors varsity basketball team. Her national CCAA recognition is the first of the season for a Conestoga student-athlete.

The CCAA is the governing body for national intercollegiate championships, enriching the academic experience of student-athletes by providing leadership, programs and services that foster development through high-level competitive opportunities in sport. The OCAA is the provincial governing body for intercollegiate sports, offering quality programs to pursue athletic excellence.      

Conestoga's Athletics and Recreation department offers programming and facilities designed to engage students and enhance their health and wellness through varsity and extramural athletics, intramural sports and fitness classes. The Student Recreation Centre at the Kitchener -- Doon campus provides a full range of recreation and athletic services and houses a 35,000 square-foot fitness centre outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment. In 2017, the centre received a Design Excellence Award from the Ontario Association of Architects.