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Volleying forward

Student-athlete finds success in his Western volleyball career

October 21, 2013

Volleying forward
Alan Screaton, BMOS'13: "Receiving [the scholarship] motivated me to focus my time and energy on what really needed to be done on and off the court."

For Alan Screaton, one game stands out from his last season on the men’s volleyball team at Western – a quarter-final win at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) championship tournament.

Competing against the defending national champions, Alan and his teammates lost the first two sets. But then something clicked. They found their game, notching a win in the third set and rallying for fourth- and fifth-set wins to score the upset.

“Of the thousands of spectators in the gym, we were probably the only ones who thought we had a chance at defeating Trinity Western, one of the best teams in the country,” says Alan, BMOS’13, recipient of the Vaughan Peckham Volleyball Award. “We were definitely the underdogs, but that performance showed we belonged there with the top-ranked teams.”

After an outstanding win, Western lost the bronze medal game to place fourth in the CIS.

“It was bittersweet to get so far and to know this game was the last time I would wear the Western jersey,” says Alan, who calls Calgary home. “I didn’t want to end my career with a loss, but we accomplished a lot this year on the court.”

Success in volleyball depends on teamwork. “I love playing volleyball because it’s a true team sport,” he says. “You can’t depend on one player to carry the team. Everyone needs to be strong and play their part to be successful.”

That sentiment echoes Alan’s gratitude for receiving his athletic scholarship. “Many other players on the team could have been chosen, so I’m honoured to have been selected for this award and thankful for the donors who’ve made it happen,” he says.

“Receiving it motivated me to focus my time and energy on what really needed to be done on and off the court."

Alan now hopes to use the education gained through the DAN Management and Organizational Studies program at Western to pursue graduate work in consumer behaviour.

“I’ve always enjoyed the rationale of human behaviour – and the way psychology and marketing play together to affect our decision-making, which makes it a fascinating field to study,” says Alan.

Award Facts
Awarded to a full-time student in any year of any degree program, the Vaughan Peckham Volleyball Award is given to a player on the men’s volleyball team who exemplifies an excellent work ethic, knowledge of the game, reliability of execution and a tremendous amount of heart. Held at Foundation Western, the award has been established by Lee Alexander Pettigrew, HBA '89, and supported by Alan G. Sellery, HBA'87, John Findlay, BA'87 and Michael Killeen, LLB'90.

This article appeared in the 2013 edition of Student Awards Recipient Report
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