FEATURE STORY Believing is achieving Lindsay Hilton (’07)— simply awe-inspiring by Sue Seaborn B orn without full arms and legs, Lindsay Hilton has built an enviable career in sport and along the way developed a reputation for being hard working, clearsighted — and extremely humble. Accepting no obstacles in life, she was just a regular kid on the block growing up, running, and playing outdoors as much as she could. Hilton became active in swimming, field hockey, and soccer, and when asked by the Halifax West High School coach to try out for the team, she took up the sport of rugby, an activity she continued at Mount Allison and still practices today. Currently vice-president and a player with the Halifax Tars Rugby Club, Hilton continues to make the most of every day, and has an impact on rugby in the Maritimes. Acknowledging her inspirational spirit, the International Rugby Board (IRB) recently honoured Hilton with the prestigious 2012 Spirit of Rugby Award, which recognizes “those who through selfless action influence the lives of others, make significant contribution to their communities, and demonstrate the force for good that sport can be in all areas of the world.” Hilton attributes her without-limitsapproach to life to her parents, who held the same expectations for her as they did for her older brother Tim (’03) and sister Nikki (’00), who also attended Mount Allison. They taught all three siblings that independence was important — perhaps even more so for Lindsay — a challenge she embraced. Growing up in Halifax, NS, Hilton says, “I participated in every thing that I wanted to, and was never bullied or made fun of. And, in fact, by participating in sports I was able to develop instant friendships, support, and camaraderie all through my life.” Hilton’s outlook has been honest and straightforward from day one — growing up, if kids teased her about her lack of limbs she would simply reply, “Yes, you’re correct, I have no legs and arms.” It was always the end of the discussion and life went on as usual. It is with this attitude that Hilton, a Bell Scholar, followed her siblings to Mount Allison, looking for a small, personal school that was located away from home, “ ” I’d like to hope I haven’t achieved it yet — Lindsay Hilton on her greatest accomplishment but nearby. A Commerce student, Hilton played rugby for four seasons, enjoyed residence life in Trueman, and was a member of the Commerce Society and president of Mount Allison’s chapter of ACE (Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship). She also co-hosted a radio show with CHMA once a week for a year. “I loved my time at Mount Allison and had a wonderful experience with everything for four great years,” says Hilton. When asked what she feels her greatest accomplishment has been, she says, “I’d like to hope I haven’t achieved it yet.” Hilton currently works for Sport Nova Scotia as the community sport development officer (Fundy region). 18 / Summer 2013 / RECORD