UPEI Panther Suzanne Nicholson was awarded the prestigious 2013-14 Atlantic University Sport Student-Athlete Community Service Award at the 2014 Subway AUS swimming championshp banquet tonight in St. John's, NL.
The Atlantic University Sport student-athlete community service awards recognize achievement in athletics, academics and community involvement.
Nicholson, from Bedford, NS, is a fourth-year business student in her fifth year of eligibility who impressed an entire province and region when she set out to swim across the Northumberland Strait this past August to raise money for the UPEI swim team. Collecting donations from her community and Panthers supporters, Nicholson raised over $11,000, taking about five hours to "conquer the strait."
“Her unstoppable team spirit and support makes Suzanne Nicholson a worthy recipient of this award,” said UPEI swim coach Bill Calhoun. “She has always been a huge supporter of not only the swim team but all other teams on campus.”
“Suzanne is a perfect example of the commitment and pride that Panther athletes are best known for,” said UPEI Director of Athletics and Recreation Bill Schurman. “Taking on the challenge of swimming the Northumberland Strait to help her teammates and help grow Panther Swimming speaks volumes about her character.”
Peter Gregory of the Memorial University Sea-Hawks and from St. Philips, NL is the 2013-14 AUS male student-athlete community service award recipient.