U SPORTS has announced four Honours Awards winners ©U SPORTS

U SPORTS - the governing body for university sport in Canada - has announced four recipients of Honours Awards for 2021. 

Men's volleyball coach Garth Pischke has been awarded the Jean-Marie de Koninck Coaching Excellence Award after spending 38 seasons in charge of the Manitoba Bisons.

The team qualified for the U SPORTS Championship 28 times, winning nine gold medals, nine silvers and five bronze.

Pischke was men's volleyball coach of the year a record six times, and 42 of his players went on to represent Canada at various levels.

Bob Boucher has been recognised posthumously with the Austin-Matthews Award.

Boucher enjoyed a career of 37 years at the University of Windsor, before his retirement in 2011.

He led the university's athletic and recreation programmes and played a central role in developing several widely respected programmes.

At international level, Boucher was Canada's Chef de Mission for the 1997 Summer Universiade in Sicily and deputy Chef de Mission for the 1995 edition in Fukuoka.

In 2005, he chaired the Organising Committee of the Junior Pan-American Track and Field Championships.

Boucher passed away in November.

Sports reporter David Grossman has been awarded the Fred Sgambati Media Award after spending four decades reporting on Canada's student athletes.

Donnovan Bennett, one of Canada's leading sports broadcasters, has received the L.B. "Mike" Pearson Award.

A former talented athlete with the Western Mustangs Canadian football team, he became known for his media work on theScore and Sportsnet.

He has used his platform to discuss social injustice and the experience of athletes from BIPOC (black, indigenous and other people of colour) communities.