Vanier College is pleased to announce that Science student and synchronized swimmer Maria Gheta is a recipient of a $4,000 scholarship for Academic Excellence, from the National Bank Bursary Program in partnership with the Québec Foundation for Athletic Excellence (FAEQ). In all 40 student athletes recently received bursaries celebrating Academic excellence, successfully balancing sport and study, and leadership.Three types of bursaries were awarded: 17 Academic Excellence Bursaries that highlight impressive scholastic achievement; 22 Academic and Athletic Support Bursaries that encourage a balance between academic and athletic life; and one Leadership Bursary underlining substantial and inspiring community involvement.Maria Gheta is a synchronized swimmer who won gold in the duet at the 2016 Senior Canadian Championships. As a member of the Quebec Team, she was also on the gold winning team at the 2016 US Open in California. Her bursary for Academic Excellence is reflected in the fact that in spite of her demanding training schedule, Maria maintains a 91% average while studying science at Vanier. She is a high performance and energetic swimmer with great extension while executing her figures. Keeping in mind her goal of earning a spot on the senior team, Maria concentrates on the full extension of her legs in her figures and keeping her toes pointed. Passionate about science and the environment, she plans to pursue university studies in meteorology.
Maria likes the multidisciplinary aspect of her sport, which requires the grace and flexibility of dance as well as strength, endurance, imagination and good lungs. Like many student athletes, she needs to manage her time well in order to succeed in her studies and her sport. Maria dreams of participating in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Congratulations to Maria Gheta and good luck for all her future endeavours.