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Going for gold in academics and on the track

December 22, 2010

Third-year Kinesiology student, Mila Simulik, jumped at the chance to study and train at Western. And thanks to the financial support she has received through the Western Athletic Financial Awards program, she has been thriving at both.

“Studying at Western has been an amazing experience for me,” says the Ottawa-native who competes in the triple jump and long jump for the Mustangs track and field team. “I have learned so much over the past two-and-a-half years, not only in the classroom, but from the people I have met and the experiences I’ve had on a varsity team. My life at Western has been an incredible journey.”

A milestone on Mila’s journey included receiving a Continuing Athletic Financial Award. This award, along with a number of other athletic awards, was made possible due to the $100,000 directed to Athletics from the money raised through Annual Giving for The Western Fund. Through these and other donations, as well as operating funds, 124 athletes received funding last year.

Continuing Athletic Financial Awards are awarded to students in their first year of enrolment at Western and continue for up to four years. Successful applicants must have achieved a minimum final admission average of 80 per cent and compete on a Western varsity team. Mila says the support she received has meant a great deal to her and her family.

“The financial award has been a huge relief and gives me the opportunity to focus on my performances on the track and in the classroom.

“Supporting athletes at university is important because it encourages young adults to improve skills, build teamwork, and succeed in sport.”

Mila hopes to improve upon her bronze medal at nationals last year, setting personal bests in her track and field events. Academically, she would like to continue studying in the area of Kinesiology and pursue a graduate degree.

This article appeared in the 2010 edition of Annual Impact
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