Manitoba's Credit Unions Scholar Athlete
Ayva with a 94% academic average, Ayva participated in basketball and track & field. She was named Vincent Massey Athlete of the Year and has been named an All-Star at several tournaments and her team was ranked 3rd for Provincials. She was a member of the Basketball Manitoba All Manitoba team, a graduating All-Star, and named an MHSAA Athlete of the Week. She participated in javelin, discus and shot put for track & field. She is a student representative of the MHSAA Board of Directors, Vice-President of the school Grad Committee, has organized fundraisers, is part of the school band program, organized a sports equipment drive, is a member of the school’s Key Club, and has volunteered at Harvest Manitoba. Ayva has received the MTS Young Humanitarian Award, the Jon Gerard Citizenship Award, the Hawk Award for Leadership, the Carl Ridd Award, and the University of Manitoba Queen Elizabeth Entrance Scholarship.
Ayva states: “School sport has helped me to truly enjoy and find belonging in my high school experience. It has given me the opportunity to make new friends and meet people in different grades. Being a basketball player for a large part of my life I had always wanted to experience different sports at a high level, that’s what high school sport offered me. I have made some of my closest friends and it is those friends that helped me process and get through the pandemic. Without school support I also would have never been able to make the connections I made with the coaches, teachers and peers who have helped me to learn and understand myself as well as love sport. In the end I could not imagine my high school experience without high school sports. I have made memories and friendships that will last a lifetime. I have grown to understand myself more than I thought possible, and for that I wouldn’t change a thing.”