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Leaping into university

September 1, 2017

Paige Doyle
Paige Doyle, Social Sciences Student, Track and Field

Up until Grade 11, Paige Doyle lived and breathed Irish dancing. A week after hanging up her dancing shoes, however, she decided she needed a new challenge – and took up track and field.

“After I stopped dancing, I needed to be competing,” said Doyle, a student entering her second-year of social science at King’s University College and member of the Western Mustangs Track and Field team. “I did track and cross-country when I was in elementary and high school. I just liked that whole atmosphere and was pretty good at it.”

Doyle, whose main event is the triple-jump, but who also competes in sprints and 400-metre hurdles, has found being a Mustang has enhanced her Western experience beyond what she even expected.

“The team is awesome. The coaches are amazing and everyone is so supportive. Getting to train six days a week was pretty fun and competing with the team was a great experience, because I’ve never really had such a supportive group of people around me,” she said.

As a student-athlete, Doyle has benefited tremendously from the support of student awards.

“Having that support was really big. I’m one of four kids and it can be hard to get by. My parents pay for my tuition, but I pay for residence, my textbooks and all my living expenses. I have a summer job, but it is a challenge throughout the year. I was very lucky to receive scholarships which helped me out a lot.”

She also recognizes the impact of team funding through the Adopt A Mustang program.

“Having people there supporting us through donations is amazing. We were able to go to Alberta to compete and if we didn’t have donors supporting us, it would have been so hard to travel and participate."

“I just want to express a huge thank you to everyone who supports us – none of it is possible without you.”

This article appeared in the 2017 edition of Annual Impact
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