(PETERBOROUGH) The Ontario University Athletics (OUA) honoured 19 outstanding female student athletes, including Trent’s Daniela Sheinin, at a luncheon in Huntsville Tuesday (May 8) during the OUA annual meetings.
The Women of Influence award which Sheinin received recognizes the top female student athletes who make significant contributions to their sport, their academics and their community.
“It was really unexpected,” said Sheinin.
Each member institution of the OUA selects one student who they feel best demonstrates the qualities of a woman of influence and a role model to those young female athletes who hope to one day be in their place.
The fourth year history major was nominated by Trent Athletics director Bill Byrick, who felt that the swimmer exemplified the characteristics required for such a title.
“Daniela is an excellent student who has consistently performed as a high caliber athlete in a two-semester sport that requires incredible dedication, persistence and both mental and physical strength,” commented Byrick from Huntsville adding that “(She) is a quiet, humble student athlete who has tremendous work ethic and serves as an example to others.”
Sheinin, a soon to be graduate of Trent’s history program, has made swimming her life. Starting at age eight, the Peterborough native has moved through the ranks of the Trent Swim club and stayed to swim for the university in the pool where she first learned the sport.
“It’s a second home to me,” stated Sheinin
Looking back on her career, the swimmer has an impressive resume having broken two school records in the 50 and 100 metre butterfly and was a member of the team which set the school record in the 400 metre free relay.
Sheinin also qualified for the provincial championships in her first year of university competition and was the first Trent swimmer to qualify for the Canadian University Championships in the last four years.
Although, history may be her major Sheinin is focused on her future.
Now 21 years of age, Sheinin will continue training with the club after her university season comes to a close in preparation for two high-profile competitions coming up in late June and early July. In the fall she plans to attend the University of Toronto to pursue her Master’s degree in History and go on to earn a PhD.
“I’d really want to become a History professor,” admits Sheinin.
In her time away from the pool and her academics the young historian commits her spare time to a number of organizations including St. John’s Ambulance, Jamaica Self Help and Service for Seniors.