Robin is currently finishing her second year of medical school at the University of Ottawa. Her stellar athletic career included a spot on the Canadian softball team that competed at the 2008 Olympic Games, and a number of college titles earned while she was pursuing her undergraduate degree in the U.S., including 2006 Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year, Pitcher of the Year, and tournament MVP. In 2010, when a shoulder injury forced her to retire from softball, Robin decided that she would give back to the athletic community and inspire other athletes, most notably, by helping to train the uOttawa softball team. She took on the role of pitching coach and helped lead the team to a second-place finish at the provincial championships. Robin said that it “went from a part-time thing to a passion” involving more than 140 volunteer hours over two months. Even though she was required to travel extensively, she found the experience to be extremely rewarding.
According to Robin, the University of Ottawa’s CGCE “is great and adds a lot of character to the University. The staff members were super helpful and [volunteering] was an easy process.” She also commented on the special nature of sport and how it helps bring people together and reveals who they really are. “Sport teaches people to listen and to work with others. It sometimes doesn’t come naturally for people—you lose together and win together”. She also maintains that sports can be a very powerful way to teach life lessons, one that easily allows people to get involved and to give back.
It takes a special person to take on the rigours of medical school while working almost full time with a softball team. As we admire Robin’s dedication, we thank her for giving back to the sports community and are happy to highlight her accomplishments.
Article written by Jason H. Blackwell, student volunteer at the Centre for Global and Community Engagement.