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Jagdeesh Uppal CW Community Service (Wilson Wong photo)

Vancouver, BC—A member of the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack swim team has won a major Canada West honor. 

Jagdeesh Uppal (2nd year, Kamloops, BC) was awarded the Canada West Male Community Service Award as the swim championships wrapped up at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC.

Uppal was honored for not only top marks as he pursues a Bachelor of Science degree but his volunteer work in the community.   He helps coach younger swimmers with the Kamloops Classics swim team.  He also participates in a number of community events which the WolfPack are involved in. This includes McHappy Day.

Also impressive is his volunteer work not only at Royal Inland Hospital but he also spent some time volunteering at a hospital in India.

After being given the award, Uppal went into the pool and finished 8th in the consolation final of the 200 metre breaststroke. He narrowly missed his personal best by 2 tenths of a second.  His time was 2:31.75.

His teammate Greg Petersen (Kamloops, BC) placed third in that race. His time was 2:20.95. Petersen knocked 14 seconds off his entry time over the day of racing.

The other WolfPack swimmer competing at the Canada West championships was Taylor Carmichael (1st year, Merritt, BC).  She placed 18th overall in the 100 metre freestyle and seventh in the consolation final of the 400 metre freestyle with a new personal best time of 4:40.80.