VanLeeuwen recognized for efforts in pool, classroom, community

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UPEI Panthers swimmer Katie VanLeeuwen received the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) swimming female student-athlete community service award Friday in Halifax.

The third-year science student from Hunter River, majoring in biology with a minor in psychology, boasts a current and cumulative 4.3 grade point average (GPA).

In addition to working hard in the pool and in the classroom, VanLeeuwen is heavily involved in her community. She volunteers for the UPEI Chaplaincy Centre, co-ordinating fundraising for the 2016 Relay for Life initiative. A member of the UPEI Pre-Med Society, she also fundraises for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

She serves as the chairwoman of UPEI’s World University Service of Canada committee, running the student refugee program. She is a swimming coach for the Miniphins program and the transfer to competition group for the Charlottetown Bluephins.

Her volunteer activities also include transporting food donations to the UPEI food bank and serving as a reader and musician for St. Ann’s and St. Pius X churches and the UPEI Chaplaincy Centre.

The Panthers swimming finished last in the women's and men's team competition at the AUS championships.

The top UPEI finisher was Rooske Wagemakers, who placed second in the B final of the women's 50-metre breaststroke. She also finished sixth in women's 800-metre freestyle.

UPEI's Matthew Smith placed fourth in the A final of the men's 200-metre backstroke and sixth in the men's 1,500-metre freestyle.

Dalhousie continued to dominate the event, winning its 18thconsecutive men's and 15thconsecutive women's titles.

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Organizations: Atlantic University Sport, UPEI Chaplaincy Centre, UPEI Pre-Med Society Queen Elizabeth Hospital World University Service of Canada

Geographic location: Halifax, Hunter River

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