CHARLOTTETOWN – A pair of Mount Allison athletes were honoured late last week with Atlantic University Sport soccer awards.
Chris Vizena, a native of Osgoode, Ont., was presented he Student-Athlete Community Service Award, while Danica Lundy was named to the AUS Women’s Conference second all-star team.
Vizena is a senior in biology and bio-chemistry. He is completing his bachelor of science degree majoring in global health and minoring in psychology.
In addition to playing every game and being an Academic All-Canadian in every year since arriving at Mount Allison, he has served the university and community in many ways over four years.
In addition to travelling with and serving as a participant and Mount Allison branch executive of the world's largest student-led global health organization, Global Brigades, Vizena's "to do" list is a long one. To mention a few, this past year alone he was chairman of the University Athletic Affairs Committee, executive member with both the Psychology Society and Mounties in Motion, coach of a U-14 boys soccer team, a tutor for countless students, labs, and classes, a mentor and friend to both international students, hospital-bound seniors, disadvantaged youth, and middle-school kids.
Chris also found time to be a research assistant, a campus tour guide and an active participant in numerous charity and leadership events such as Relay for Life, Shinerama, and Leadership Mount Allison.
Vizena's character and work ethic has provided him with the opportunity to serve the community, excel in the classroom, and support his University and soccer team in every positive way possible.
"With a big heart, Chris works hard through it all, and as a generous contributor he quietly provides selfless service to our team and community every day he plays, learns, and works here," Mounties' soccer coach Roy Chineh said.
Vizena becomes the third Mount Allison recipient of the men's soccer community service award, joining Curtis Michaelis (2008) and Stuart McAdam, who won the AUS award in 2011 and also took home the CIS honour.
Lundy has played a huge role in the Mounties' road to the Atlantic University Sport soccer playoffs.
Lundy controlled the mid-field all season long, leading her squad to a 5-6-2 record and tied with two other teams in playoffs with 17 points each.
Head coach Barry Cooper felt Lundy has played her best as a Mountie this year, saying, "Danica gave some of the finest performances we have seen from her in four seasons — ones of total commitment, discipline, and intelligence, as she reacted to the games' needs. A total team person all the way, she has been such a positive addition to our Mounties' team since her first year."
A 5'4", fourth-year defensive midfielder with the Soccer Mounties, Lundy comes from Salt Spring Island, B.C. and played high school soccer with Gulf Islands Secondary School.
A three-time Academic All-Canadian, she is currently enrolled in fourth-year fine arts, and specializes in printmaking and painting.