(TORONTO, ON) Paige Paulsen, a graduating setter with the Varsity Reds women's volleyball team, was named the winner of the Thérèse Quigley Student-Athlete Community Service Award at the CIS national championship awards banquet Wednesday night.
First-year V-Red Victoria Eadle was also recognised for her athletic excellence, and named to the CIS All-Rookie Team.
Paulsen, the first Thérèse Quigley Award recipient from UNB, has been playing volleyball since Grade 6. Also a high performance gymnast, she was originally cut from the Grade 6 team and ended up playing on the “B” squad, but she still loved every minute of it. She joined the Varsity Reds in 2011 as a walk-on and has since become a leader within the team, serving as captain and starting setter.
Paulsen has always been highly involved in the team’s fundraising events and has built on this experience to become a leader in many areas across UNB and the Fredericton community this year. She is the current President of the Athletes’ Council and spearheaded the organization of UNB Athletics’ first-ever Movember campaign last fall. She also helped lead UNB’s Think Pink fundraising campaign.
She is also a member of Right to Play UNB, is the Fundraising Chair of UNB Global Water Brigades, and organized volunteers for Read with the Reds, travelling to elementary schools to read to kindergarten students. She also volunteered with the Food Bank, blood drives, Habitat for Humanity and many other local charities.
Paulsen, who is also passionate about coaching and was a coach with Volleyball New Brunswick last summer, calls the years she played with UNB “the best years of [her] life.” She says the encouragement and support she has received from her teammates and coaches has motivated her to become not only a better volleyball player but a better leader and student.
“Paige is truly an inspiration to the people who know her. I’m continually amazed by how much is able to pack into a week and how much positivity and energy she brings to everything she does,” said head coach Jillian Goulet. “As a team captain, she led our team’s drive and energy day after day at practice, and also models the time-management and focus needed to excel academically to our younger athletes. I am extremely happy to see Paige recognized with the Thérèse Quigley Award for this and for all that she does for others within Athletics, UNB, Fredericton and the New Brunswick volleyball community.”
The other finalists were McGill’s Virginie Hébert, York’s Jennifer Black and Calgary’s Jordynn Guy.
UNB's Victoria Eadle was also recognized for her athletic performance this year, being named to the CIS All-Rookie Team. Eadle, a first-year left-side hitter from Gallagher Ridge, NB, has been an essential part of the V-Reds' success on the court this year.
OH - Kate Pexman - Calgary - 1 - Calgary, Alta. -
LS - Victoria Eadle - UNB - 1 - Gallagher Ridge, N.B. - Rec. & Sport Studies
M - Kelsey Veltman - Western - 1 - Brampton, Ont. - King's College
M - Alex Béraud - Laval - 1 - Trois-Rivières, Que. - Nursing
S - Elly Prince - Saint Mary's - 1 - Calgary, Alta. - Arts
M - Myriam Robitaille - McGill - 1 - Terrebonne, Que. - Science (Biology)
LS - Mieke Dumont - Dalhousie - 1 - Kamloops, B.C. - Kinesiology
With files from Canadian Interuniveristy Sport.