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Our Past Scholarship Recipients

“Where Kids Love To Come and Love To Swim”

Colleen Devine Memorial Scholarship

Deep Pandya

Congratulations to Deep Pandya, the 2016 recipient of the Colleen Devine Memorial Scholarship. Deep joined the Olympian swimming organization three years ago as a swim instructor and day camp counselor. He has instructed a variety of swimmers from level 4 to level 12, however, he quickly developed as a coach and was selected to teach both private classes and coach in the Olympic way program. Deep is an extremely valuable member of the team and brings with him excellent communication and organizational skills and always strives for excellence. Deep is currently in his first year at the University of Toronto pursuing a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering. Upon graduation, he hopes to work in an engineering related field while promoting entrepreneurship and engineering to youth. We are thrilled to support Deep and wish him the very best in his academic and career pursuits!

Congratulations to Kristie Nakamura, the 2015 recipient of the Colleen Devine Memorial Scholarship. Kristie has been a swim instructor and camp counsellor at the Olympian School of Swimming, Bullock location for a year and a half. During her tenure at Olympian Swimming she has instructed a variety of students from Level 4 to Level 12. Kristie has been an extremely valuable member of the team at Olympian swimming. She is a great instructor which not only combined her passion for swimming and helping others, but has allowed her to “become a role model for the students by coaching and developing them into better swimmers.” Kristie is currently in her first year at McGill University working towards her Bachelor in Science for Nursing. Upon graduation, she would like to pursue a career working at a hospital in an intensive care unit or emergency room. We are thrilled to support Kristie and wish her the very best in her academic and career pursuits!

Cody Tran

Congratulations to Cody Tran, one of the 2014-15 recipients of the Colleen Devine Memorial Scholarship. Cody, a long time member of Olympian swimming, is currently entering his second year at the University of Toronto where he is completing an honors degree in Computer Science and Mathematics. Olympian Swimming is thrilled to support Cody and we wish him all the best in his academic and career pursuits!

Joshua Liao

Congratulations to Joshua Liao one of the 2014-15 recipients of the Colleen Devine Memorial Scholarship. Joshua began swimming for the Toronto Olympian Swim Team at the young age of seven. After swimming competitively for almost 10 years all the way to the Junior National Level, Joshua joined the coaching staff of the swim team. He has coached in our TOPS and Olym B groups, and is now head coach of the Olym A group. Joshua is currently studying at York University where he is completing an honors degree in Kinesiology and Health Sciences. He plans to pursue a career in the field of health, sports and fitness. Olympian Swimming is thrilled to support Joshua and we wish him all the best in his academic and career pursuits!

Angela Su

Congratulations to Angela Su, the 2013-14 recipient of the Colleen Devine Memorial Scholarship. Angela Su began swimming at the Olympian School of Swimming at the age of 6. She went on to complete the entire Blue Program, followed by the Bronze Star and Olympic Way programs. Angela joined us as a coach and instructor at the age of 15 and has been working for Olympian Swimming for 6 years. She is now entering her second year at Queen’s University, majoring in Film and Media Studies. She hopes to one day work as a sports journalist with the goal of covering swimming at the Olympic Games. We are thrilled to support Angela and wish her all the best in her academic and career pursuits!

Shauna Devine Leadership Award

Cara De Abreu

Congratulations to Cara De Abreu, the 2016 recipient of the Dr. Shauna Devine Leadership Award. Cara De Abreu joined the Olympian swimming organization four years ago, at the age 12 and swam in our Olympic Way Program. From there she joined our competitive swim team and swam in the Pro-B group. She is currently a swim instructor for levels 1-3 at the Midland location. Cara is truly a pleasure to have as a member of our staff. She brings with her an unparalleled enthusiasm for her coaching, an impressive knowledge of the sport and a desire for excellence in all areas that she works. Cara is currently enrolled in the University of Toronto’s BBA management program specializing in economics. After completing her undergraduate degree in business, she plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Global Management followed by a career in international business. We are thrilled to support Cara and wish her the very best in her academic and career pursuits!

Lauren Wensing

Congratulations to Lauren Wensing, the 2015 recipient of the Dr. Shauna Devine Women’s Initiative Scholarship. Lauren Wensing began working at the Olympian School of Swimming, Bullock location almost three years ago. She has worked in a variety of capacities including as a swim instructor, day camp counsellor and senior desk administrator. Lauren is truly a pleasure to have as a member of our staff. She brings with her an unparalleled enthusiasm for her coaching, an impressive knowledge of the sport and a desire for excellence in all areas that she works. Lauren is currently attending the University of Guelph and working towards a Bachelor of Science Co-op in Microbiology. After completing her undergraduate degree she plans to pursue her master’s degree in epidemiology, and begin a career in viral out break research.

We are thrilled to support Lauren and wish her the very best in her academic and career pursuits!

Emma Peppler

Congratulations to Emma Peppler, the 2014-15 recipient of the Dr. Shauna Devine Leadership Award. Emma Peppler has been a member of the Olympian swimming organization both as a swimmer and instructor for a number of years. She is currently entering her first year in the Honours Bachelor of Business Administration Co-op Program at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. After the completion of her undergraduate degree she plans to complete an MBA after which time she hopes to open her own Sports and Entertainment Marketing firm. Olympian Swimming is thrilled to support Emma and we wish her all the best in her academic and career pursuits!

Melissa Quinn

Congratulations to Melissa Quinn, the 2013-14 recipient of the Dr. Shauna Devine Women’s Initiative Scholarship. Melissa Quinn began swimming at the Olympian School of Swimming in our Blue Program at the age of 8. An exceptional athlete and swimmer, Melissa joined our staff as an instructor and coach at the age of 15. She has distinguished herself among our instructors, and has proven invaluable as a teacher in our in-service training programs. Melissa is entering her second year in the Civil Engineering Program at the University of Toronto. We are thrilled to support Melissa and wish her all the best in her academic and career pursuits!

Lifesaving Awards Scholarship

Results coming soon!

Results coming soon!

Carl Aho

The owners of the Olympian School of Swimming would like to congratulate Carl Aho one of the 2015 recipients for the Olympian School of Swimming Lifesaving Scholarship. Carl is currently in his 2nd year of post secondary studies at Laurentian University in Sudbury. He is majoring in Economics and minoring in Political Sciences, as well as Italian language and culture. He is an alumnus of Collège Notre-Dame in Sudbury. He is presently working as a Lifeguard/Swim Instructor, a position he has occupied since August of 2012. He is employed by the City of Greater Sudbury’s Nickel District Pool. He enjoys working at the pool and making the patron’s experience as enjoyable as possible.We thank Carl for his work and extensive contributions in the field of aquatics and are thrilled to support him! We at Olympian Swimming and the Ontario Lifesaving Society wish him the very best in all of his future endeavors!

Please click here to read Carl’s Award Winning Essay

Michelle Bijsterveld

The owners of the Olympian School of Swimming would like to congratulate Michelle Bijsterveld one of the 2015 recipient’s for the Olympian School of Swimming Lifesaving Scholarship. Michelle is currently in her fifth-year of post-secondary studies at Brock University, majoring in Community Recreation and Leisure Studies. Prior to attending Brock University she received her diploma from Fanshawe College in Recreation and Leisure Services. She has been in the Aquatics field for 7 years, starting as an assistant-swimming instructor and working upwards as a Program Coordinator in the Town of Tillsonburg. She is currently employed at the Boys and Girls Club in Niagara Falls as a Lifeguard and Swimming Instructor. Upon graduation in April she hopes to continue to work in the Aquatics field. We thank Michelle for her work and extensive contributions in the field of aquatics and are thrilled to support her! We at Olympian Swimming and the Ontario Lifesaving Society wish her the very best in all of her future endeavors!

Please click here to read Michelle’s Award Winning Essay