2013-14 AUS swimming Student-Athlete Community Service Awards announced

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Source: AUS Communications

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – At the 2014 Subway AUS swimming championshipbanquet held Thursday evening at the Holiday Inn Hotel in St.John’s, N.L., UPEI’s Suzanne Nicholson and Memorial’s Peter Gregorywere named the respective female and male winners of the AUSswimming student-athlete community service awards.

The Atlantic University Sport student-athlete community serviceawards recognize achievement in athletics, academics and communityinvolvement.

The remainder of the AUS swimming major awards (swimmer of theyear, rookie of the year and coach of the year) take performancesfrom the national championship into account and will decidedfollowing the CIS championship hosted later this month by theUniversity of Toronto.

Student-athletes and banquet guests heard from St. John’s nativePaula Kelly, member of the 1980 Canadian Olympic team, who wasinducted into the Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall of Fame in1993.

Event honorary chair Dr. Ralph Wheeler, who is a former Memorialswimmer, varsity coach and long-time professor, also addressed thegroup of AUS banner hopefuls at tonight’s banquet.

“Dr. Wheeler has been an outstanding builder of the sport ofswimming at Memorial and in our province and Paula’saccomplishments speak for themselves,” said Memorial manager ofathletics John Harvey. “We are pleased that he is acting as ourhonorary chair for the championship and our group was happy to hearfrom both him and Paula tonight.”

STUDENT-ATHLETE COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD (Female):Suzanne Nicholson, UPEI

The 2013-14 recipient of the AUS female student-athletecommunity service award is UPEI’s Suzanne Nicholson.

Nicholson, a native of Bedford, N.S., is a fourth-year businessstudent in her fifth year of eligibility. She has been a valuedmember of the Panthers’ swim squad for the past five seasons.

This year, Nicholson set in motion a momentous fundraising eventfor her UPEI swim team. She ventured to swim across theNorthumberland Strait, collecting donations from her community andPanthers supporters.

All told, Nicholson raised over $11,000 to support the currentseason. The Northumberland Strait crossing took her just over fivehours of continuous swimming, braving the elements the entireway.

“Her unstoppable team spirit and support makes Suzanne Nicholsona worthy recipient of this award,” said UPEI swim coach BillCalhoun. “She has always been a huge supporter of not only the swimteam but all other teams on campus.”

STUDENT-ATHLETE COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD (Male): PeterGregory, Memorial

Peter Gregory of the Memorial University Sea-Hawks is the2013-14 AUS male student-athlete community service awardrecipient.

Gregory is a fourth-year biochemistry student in his third yearof eligibility, hailing from St. Philips, N.L.

He has been volunteering with the weekly Special Olympicsswimming program for two years. He volunteers his time with boththe Learn to Swim program and coaching athletes with previousswimming experience.

Since 2013, he has also been volunteering with the localhospital, assisting with meals and visiting with patients. He oftentakes those he visits out for walks and them brings readingmaterials.

“Along with maintaining a very high GPA and performance levelwith the Memorial Sea-Hawks men’s swim team, Peter also finds timeto volunteer with two very worthwhile organizations every week,”said Sea-Hawks head swim coach Aaron Dahl. “He has used his love ofswimming to try and inspire the swimmers he works with and hascreated a special bond with these athletes over the past twoyears.”

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The 2014 Subway AUS swimming championships are being hosted byMemorial University in St. John’s, N.L., Feb. 7-9 and will bewebcast live at www.AUStv.ca.

Live results from each event will be available at http://www.swimnl.nfld.net/meetresultslive/2014aus/with the full results posted at the conclusion of each day at www.atlanticuniversitysport.com.

The 2014 CIS swimming championships will be hosted by theUniversity of Toronto, Feb. 20-22, 2014. For more information,visit: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/swim/index.

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