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UNB’s female athletes making an impact

Author: UNB Newsroom

Posted on Dec 17, 2021

Category: UNB Saint John

Being a varsity athlete is often one of many ways students are involved with their school and community. University of New Brunswick students and Saint John Seawolves Julia Bennett and Mattye Robson are two examples of what strong female leadership looks like both on and off the court.

Julia Bennett is a fourth-year bachelor of nursing student and women’s varsity basketball player who is very involved at UNB and in her community.

She has been involved with the Think Pink Foundation, Relay for Life fundraiser, Bell Let’s Talk events and Promise Partnership with Hazen White Elementary School. She was also part of Horizon Health Network’s pandemic support response team administering COVID-19 immunizations.

This year, Bennett was named a Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) National Scholar for her strong performance in the classroom and as an Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) student athlete.

“I strive to be a positive leader in all aspects of my life,” says Bennett. “While completing my degree, I’m also doing my best to improve our varsity women’s basketball record and finish strong as a team.

“One day, I hope to coach basketball and give back the knowledge, skills and values that I’ve acquired throughout the years.”

Another female leader and UNB Saint John Seawolves athlete is Mattye Robson, a third-year bachelor of business administration student and co-captain of the varsity women’s volleyball team.

Robson is an executive member and social media coordinator of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. She creates the UNBSJ Seawolves Instagram Game Day graphics in addition to posting social media updates of game scores on Instagram and Twitter.

“A belief that I hold in high regard is ‘hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard,’” says Robson. “This quote has inspired me in every season of my playing career to push myself to be the hardest worker that I can be.”

“The UNB Saint John's department of athletics, recreation and wellness is one of the most caring and dedicated staffs I have ever met,” says Robson. “Everyone genuinely cares so much about the athletes and gives them the support to be leaders in their own way.”

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Media contact: Kathleen McLaughlin