Sahib Sidhu with his academic award given by the University of the Fraser Valley. (submitted photo)

Sahib Sidhu with his academic award given by the University of the Fraser Valley. (submitted photo)

Surrey soccer player wins UFV academic award for second straight year

Honours for Fleetwood Park Secondary grad Sahib Sidhu

Surrey’s Sahib Sidhu aims to be as strong in the classroom as on the soccer pitch, apparently.

For a second straight year, the Fleetwood Park Secondary grad has won the men’s academic award given by the University of the Fraser Valley athletic department, after posting a 4.18 GPA while amassing 29 credits toward his Bachelor of Kinesiology degree.

The six-foot-three Sidhu is a third-year defender with the Abbotsford-based Cascades. His bio is posted to

He and other post-secondary students have had to overcome adversity during the COVID-19 pandemic to excel academically.

“There’s going to be a lot of obstacles throughout my degree, but the people who can overcome and persevere through tough times will do the best,” Sidhu said in a tweet posted by the Cascades. “It’s not always going to be a smooth road. There’s always bumps along the way. That just makes you a better student-athlete.”

In another tweet, soccer coach Tom Lowndes said he is “proud of Sahib and his commitment in the classroom and on the field!”

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Also for 2019-20, UFV’s women’s academic award went to Abbotsford-raised basketball player Veronica Kobes for a third year in a row. She posted a flawless 4.33 GPA on a 4.33 scale, for straight A-pluses over the course of 28 credits in her Bachelor of Science studies.

The President’s Shield, recognizing the Cascades team with the highest academic average, went to women’s volleyball, which combined for 3.66 GPA. Twelve student-athletes from the squad managed at least a 3.5 GPA individually.

• RELATED STORY: Tweedsmuir ‘high flyer’ set to hit court with UFV women’s volleyball team.

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