Adrienne Penney Named 2013-14 Therese Quigley Award Winner
(February 27, 2014) ST. JOHN’S, N.L. - Memorial fourth-year power, Adrienne Penney is the 2013-14 recipient of the CIS Thérèse Quigley Award for outstanding student athlete. The award is given to the women's volleyball student-athlete who best exhibits outstanding achievements in three areas: volleyball, academics and community service.
A native from St. John’s N.L., Penney is a pharmacy student and currently serving as past president of the MUN Pharmacy Society and has led and taken part in many pharmacy advancement events such as Pharmacy Awareness Week. She has been a pharmacy yearbook committee member and editor for the past four years and is serving as a grad committee member for 2014.
Penney has taken part in numerous fundraising events for charity including the AIDS Walk for Life, CIBC Run for the Cure and the Canadian Cancer Society's Relay for Life. She led and coordinated the 'Home for Dinner' program for the Ronald McDonald House this past February and sold bracelets to raise money for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation at Memorial's 'Go Pink' event this past January. She has also led the 'Christmas Families' fundraising event for her class since 2010 where pharmacy students fundraise to buy toys and other items for underprivileged families.
Further to her fundraising activities, Penney has been involved in the local community through coaching and participating in development camps for junior high and high school students with the Memorial volleyball team each summer.
On the court, Penney played in all 16 of Memorial's games this season and all 60 of their sets. She was fourth overall in the conference in block assists with 36, seventh in total blocks (50) and seventh in blocks per set (0.83).
"Adrienne is an outstanding young person with a truly bright future," said Sea-Hawks women’s volleyball head coach Bill Thistle. "Her maturity and leadership skills are exceptional both on the court, and in the classroom. I am very proud of her and pleased that CIS has recognized her contribution to women’s volleyball at Memorial, to her pharmacy program, and the community at large."
Penney was also awarded the Erin Bursey Memorial Award as AUS Student Athlete Community Service award earlier this year. She is the first recipient for the Thérèse Quigley award from Memorial University and only the third recipient from the Atlantic conference after Acadia’s Lori-Beth MacEwan (2002-03 and 2003-04), and Mount Allison’s Megan Towes (2001-02).
Written by Whitney O'Byrne | Special Project Coordinator | Division of Athletics