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Seven UWF Student-Athletes Honored at PSA Annual Awards Banquet

Shakira Duncan Becomes First Ever Back-to-Back Amateur Athlete of the Year

PSA Amateur Athlete of the Year Shakira Duncan (center) with MLB player and manager Art Howe (left) and PSA President David Stafford (right)
PSA Amateur Athlete of the Year Shakira Duncan (center) with MLB player and manager Art Howe (left) and PSA President David Stafford (right)

PENSACOLA, Fla. – Seven student-athletes from the University of West Florida were among the select few honored by the Pensacola Sports Association at the PSA Annual Awards Banquet Tuesday night at New World Landing in Pensacola.  Women’s soccer star Shakira Duncan, a two-time Division II National Player of the Year for UWF, became the first ever back-to-back PSA Amateur Athlete of the Year.

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“We are excited to again have a big presence at this year’s PSA banquet,” said UWF Athletic Director Dave Scott.  “Each of the seven student-athletes honored tonight are very deserving, and the individual awards they receive demonstrate the success that our teams are having across all sports.”

“We are thankful again for the recognition by the PSA this year,” Scott continued.  “We are proud of the accomplishments of our teams and student-athletes, which are representative of the strong sports heritage of Pensacola.”

Duncan, a two-time first team All-American, finished her UWF career as the program’s all-time leader in goals (64) and points (153).  The Kingston, Jamaica native helped lead the Argonauts to their third straight Gulf South Conference championship and their sixth straight NCAA tournament appearance in 2010.  Duncan’s running mate Jodi-Ann Robinson was also honored on Tuesday night as a recipient of a PSA Special Achievement award.  Robinson, a native of Richmond, British Columbia, was a first team All-American in her first year in 2010, scoring 20 goals with a team-high 14 assists.

Representing the UWF men’s tennis team with special achievement awards were Kevin Ducros and Leandro Ferreira.  Ducros earned his second ITA All-America honor in singles in the spring season in 2010, as he finished ranked No. 13 in the nation.  The native of Aix-en-Provence, France posted a 13-5 singles record, and he was also 17-6 in doubles with Ferreira.  Ducros and Ferreira earned ITA All-America honors in doubles, and they were ranked as high as No. 3 nationally.  Ferreira, a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, also excelled in singles, going 10-8 overall and 4-0 against GSC competition.

From the UWF women’s tennis team, Barbara Oliveira (Belo Horizonte, Brazil), Caitlyn Baines (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.) and Taylor Brewster (Fergus, Ontario) earned PSA Special Achievement awards.  Oliveira was a singles All-American in her first year in 2010 and compiled a record of 12-4, mostly at the No. 1 spot.  Baines and Brewster formed one of the top doubles teams in the nation, leading to a doubles All-America selection for them.  The duo went 15-7 as a team, and they finished the year ranked No. 9 in the nation in doubles.

For more information about the Pensacola Sports Association, visit www.pensacolasports.com.  For information on all UWF Athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.

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