STELLARTON – Lauren Quann is being viewed by Pictou County Athletics as an example of what aspiring local track and field athletes can achieve.
Quann says she looks forward to attending the University of New Hampshire next September.
The Pictou Academy student-athlete confirmed at a gathering the club hosted last Wednesday that she plans to attend the University of New Hampshire next September on a four-year renewable scholarship while entering the school’s justice program.
While there have been local track athletes receiving money to attend Canadian universities, Quann is a rarity as a multi-athlete (heptathlon) from Pictou County to have received a scholarship across the border.
“Lauren has taken another step,” PCA head coach Pat Carty said. “This is the first time Pictou County Athletics has had an athlete go to (a U.S. university) on a full scholarship. She’s going to a place where the emphasis is on her studies and on her athletic performance. It takes a lot of dedication.”
Quann said she wanted to attend a Division I NCAA school so that she could compete at indoor and outdoor track and field meets and visited the university a month ago.
“I felt very comfortable,” she said. “It just seemed like a good fit. I’m looking forward to being able to do track at a high level and move to a different place.”
Quann was recently an award winner in conjunction with Athletics Nova Scotia’s 2016 annual general meeting, being named junior female athlete of the year.
“It was really great,” she said. “It’s from the support I get from my family, coaches and teammates.”
Quann said she’s felt rewarded as she has expanded her track and field skills to become an accomplished heptathlete, whose disciplines include hurdles, high jump, long jump, triple jump and javelin. She said competing at recent national events has also boosted her confidence.
“I like being able to do everything,” she said. “The more I started to compete, the more I liked it. I made Nationals and that made me think I could do something.”
A local alumnus says the school is a good choice, based on his experience there.
YMCA of Pictou County CEO Dave MacIntyre played on the men’s varsity team during his four years there while graduating with a business administration degree. He captained the Wildcats during his senior year in 1900-91.
“When I first went there on a visit, I found it very familiar,” he said. “It’s in a rural setting, and I continue to go back because the people are so friendly.”
He lauded the staff, including the faculty and coaching complement, at the Durham campus he attended.
“They look out for you,” he said. “It was a great experience and I wouldn’t change it.”
Lauren Quann, front left, was honoured by members of Pictou County Athletics who gathered last Wednesday with her as she confirmed that she plans to attend the University of New Hampshire next September. Front row, from left: Lauren Quann, Conrad Robertson and PCA head coach Pat Carty. Middle left: Breanna Sandluck, Ethan MacDonald, Allie Sandluck, Cara MacDonald and Kristen Ross. Back left: Alex Moore, Ross Bennett, Jake Temple, Jenna Reid and Dennis Moore. (Goodwin photo)