28 / Winter 2013 / RECORD
n today's dog-eat-dog world, quite often nice
guys finish last, but not at Mount Allison. Stuart
McAdam ('12) and Chris Vizena ('13) are two of
the nicest guys you could meet -- and both won
national awards as Soccer Mounties.
Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), the national gov-
erning body of university sport in Canada, oversees some
11,000 student-athletes and 700 coaches from 54 univer-
sities. Each year it honours outstanding athletes who have
special skills of masterfully mixing athletics, volunteerism,
and academics. For men's soccer the award is called the CIS
Student-Athlete Community Service Award, and since its
inception in '05, three Mounties have won, starting with
Curtis Michaelis in '08.
McAdam, of Halifax, NS, won the trophy last year and
this season Chris Vizena, of Osgoode, ON, collected the
honour. Both in the Bachelor of Science faculty, each won
the conference-level award and both have been Academic
All-Canadians every year, McAdam finishing with a 4.2
GPA, and Vizena's current average is over 3.7.
While McAdam majored in honours chemistry, Vizena spe-
cializes in global health and psychology. Both contributed
many hours to their soccer teams -- training, practising,
and competing in a heavy Atlantic University Sport (AUS)
schedule. But despite their demanding timetables they also
coached minor soccer, volunteered at hospitals and nursing
homes, tutored fellow university students, engaged in re-
search, and participated in numerous community fund rais-
ing events such as Shinerama and Relay for Life.
McAdam and Vizena also immersed themselves in Global
Brigades, the world's largest student-led global health and
sustainable development organization. While Vizena will
travel to Honduras again this year to work on a public health
brigade over the mid-term break, McAdam is following his
life's dream and is enrolled in his first year of medical school
in Halifax. Vizena plans to pursue a post-graduate degree in
global health or epidemiology.
by Sue Seaborn