NAIT celebrates Shannon Szabados’ return to the Olympics
NAIT staff and students are rooting for former NAIT Ook and hometown hero Shannon Szabados, who will take to the ice at Sochi with Canada’s Olympic Women’s Hockey team.
The Olympic goalie – nicknamed “Mother Ook” while at NAIT - was the first woman to ever play on the Ooks men’s hockey team. She played in goal during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons. In her final season, Szabados helped propel the team to its first Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference championship title in 16 years. She was the inaugural recipient of the NAIT Athletic Director Award for Excellence in 2013.
“Shannon’s commitment and dedication to the NAIT men’s hockey program were apparent in everything she did during her time at NAIT,” said Linda Henderson, NAIT’s director of athletics and recreation. “She was a leader on and off the ice, and gave her time to a variety of charitable organizations while at NAIT. We will be cheering for her and the rest of Team Canada as they defend their Olympic title. “
Szabados was a member of the Team Canada women’s hockey team that won gold at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
“Shannon played a prominent role in helping us win the championship last year,” said NAIT Ooks men’s hockey team coach Serge Lajoie. “She has such a strong competitive spirit which drove her to continually strive to improve and push herself to be the best she could be. We are so proud of her accomplishments.”
To read more about Szabados and her time at NAIT, click here.
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