Manitoba's Credit Unions Scholar Athlete
Annika Goodbrandson of Lord Selkirk Regional – participated in volleyball, basketball, soccer, track & field, cross country, and badminton. In 2021, Annika was named the winner of the Lena Wenke Courage Award by Basketball Manitoba. Over her high school career Annika has received numerous sport awards at her school such as Athlete of the Year, a sportsmanship award, and numerous player of the game awards in basketball. She placed in the top ten in shot put at the Provincial Track & Field Championships, and first place in shot put, javelin and discus at the KPAC Zone Championships in 2019. Annika is an honour roll with distinction student with an academic average of 95%. She is also a member of her school’s student council, volunteers at Winnipeg Harvest, Selkirk Christmas Hampers and Santa for Seniors, is a youth facilitator at the Nuclear Peace Summit, a Special Olympics leader, and an Ethics Bowl student representative. Annika also has participated in summer basketball camps as an instructor and helped deliver a truckload of food to the Selkirk Food Bank.
Annika states: “The privilege of playing on high school teams has brought me a great sense of identity, growth, pride, joy and development as an athlete and as a person. Sports build one’s character, and it can also expose it. Being on a team makes you realize that it’s not just the single athlete who can make or break your team’s success, but rather the collective effort of all team members; this life lesson can be used in other settings once we leave high school. The importance of high school sport is often overlooked and underappreciated, simply due to the once easy access to sports through the school year; it is not until its gone, do you truly see what value sports had in your life.”