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I am a role model for people growing up with or without orthopedic difficulties, and I [aim] show [others] that you can overcome any obstacles in your way if you work hard at it. The Synergee Scholarship will help me achieve my goal of being a Shelter and Wildlife veterinarian while continuing to pursue my athletic career as a Varsity Wrestler.
Ashlyn is finishing grade 12 and will soon be embarking on her post-secondary education. She participates in a variety of school sports, including track and field, mountain biking, cross country running, and wrestling. This future-veterinarian is our Feb 2020 Synergee Scholar!
Ashlyn’s story of overcoming odds from a young age grabbed our attention! She was born with a right club foot deformity which impacted and limited her ability to walk, run, and participate in sports. Despite much of her life up until Grade 8 being spent in casts, braces, night splints, and shoe lifts, her grit and determination kept her involved in sports. Her display of strength and persistence throughout this time is nothing short of inspiring.
For example, to keep pace with her peers, she would adapt her run to a bear crawl position; and, more times than not, she could outrun them! Her physical challenges gave her all the more reason to work harder and go after goals that some viewed as impossible. Since, she has won numerous awards for her performance on school sports teams, and concurrently achieved academic excellence.
Ashlyn has been awarded $1000 and a Dorm Room Fitness Pack to support her through undergrad and veterinary school. She will participate in Varsity Wrestling as she works to become a Shelter and Wildlife Veterinarian. We are so proud to support future leaders in fitness like Ashlyn who embody the traits of strength, determination, and inclusivity. This is what Synergee Athletes are made of!