Mount Allison Mounties Geraint Berger (Bedford, N.S.) and Olivia Feschuk (Halifax, N.S.) were the male and female recipients of the AUS student-athlete community service awards.
STUDENT-ATHLETE COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD (Men’s Swimming): Geraint Berger, Mount Allison Mounties
Geraint Berger of the Mount Allison Mounties is the 2017-18 AUS male student-athlete community service award recipient.
Berger is a fourth-year biochemistry student from Bedford, N.S. He amassed eight individual medals—one gold, three silver and four bronze—in the three AUS invitational meets he competed in this season. He also earned a bronze medal as part of the Mounties 400m freestyle relay team.
He topped the podium in the 50m freestyle event at the Dalhousie Winter Invitational meet in January.
In the classroom, he has managed a cumulative GPA of 3.88 and currently boasts a 4.1 GPA. He is a three-time U SPORTS academic all-Canadian, on pace to repeat this achievement for a fourth time this season.
He is also heavily involved in the community, volunteering his time with an array of initiatives including the Sackville Refugee Response Coalition, the International Student Mentorship Program and the Terry Fox Foundation.
Berger volunteers weekly at Sackville’s Drew Nursing Home and helps to coordinate events at the home. He is also a member of the Heath Care Outreach Society at Mount Allison which runs a variety of community events in support of public health awareness.
“Geraint has been a wonderful member of the Mounties family and we are very proud of his many accomplishments in the pool and in our community,” said Mounties head coach John Peters. “Geraint’s humble and generous nature have allowed him to impact our community in countless positive ways. In every way, he embodies what we look for in a Mounties student-athlete.”
STUDENT-ATHLETE COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD (Women’s Swimming): Olivia Feschuk, Mount Allison Mounties
The 2017-18 recipient of the AUS female student-athlete community service award is Olivia Feschuk of the Mount Allison Mounties.
A fourth-year biology student from Halifax, N.S., Feschuk is in her third year of eligibility and is a co-captain for the Mounties swim team.
In the pool for Mount Allison this season, she captured eight medals in individual events in the three AUS invitational meets she competed in—two gold, five silver and one bronze. She was also a member of two bronze medal-winning relay teams.
Feschuk topped the podium in the 200m IM event at the Kemp-Fry Invitational meet in November. She also posted a U SPORTS-qualifying time of 2:17.53 in the 200m backstroke, capturing the silver medal.
A two-time U SPORTS academic all-Canadian on pace to repeat this season, she boasts a cumulative GPA of 3.84 and a current GPA of 4.00.
Feschuk volunteers her time with several causes both on campus and in the Sackville community. She serves as a student representative both on the Mount Allison Judicial Panel and for the Canadian Association on Gerontology.
She is currently the vice president of intergenerational projects for the executive committee of Health Care Outreach Mount Allison, which coordinates undergraduate student volunteers for Sackville’s Drew Nursing Home.
The multitude of other causes Feschuk has volunteered her time with include the Terry Fox Foundation, Enactus Canada and the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia.
“It has been our distinct pleasure to have Olivia as a member of the Mounties family and we have enjoyed immensely the opportunity to watch her develop as a swimmer and as a citizen of our community during her time here,” said Mounties head coach John Peters. “Olivia has a positive energy that she brings to every situation and as a result, she is respected and revered by her teammates, her peers and by all those she supports in our community.”