Former Carman student Simone Turner-Cummer (right) earned one of Brandon University’s highest honours at her graduation last Friday. She is pictured here with her mom, Jennifer Pocket. (SUPPLIED PHOTO)
A Carman Collegiate grad is making her mark on both athletics and academics in Brandon.
Simone Turner-Cummer graduated from Brandon University last week with the highest GPA in her class, earning the prestigious Gold Medal in the Bachelor of Physical Education Studies.
Turner-Cummer said it was nice to earn the honour, although she was surprised at the time.
“It was kind of surreal receiving it,” she said. “I knew I had done well, but I didn’t know I had done that well.”
While she was aiming for no grades below an A- throughout her schooling, she said that was her own personal goal and not something she expected to be rewarded for.
“In life, you should always do your best work,” she said.
The multi-talented First Nations athlete also recently came back from the Membertou First Nation in Nova Scotia, where she was a coach and trainer for the female Manitoba team that won gold at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships.
And in April, Turner-Cummer was named Player of the Month for the Brandon Bobcats for her determination and focus as the futsal team’s goaltender. Turner-Cummer became the starting goalie in the spring and helped the Bobcats reach their third straight Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference Final Four appearance.
Turner-Cummer said sports have always been important to her, and she is looking forward to a career as a teacher focusing on physical education for senior years students.
She herself played volleyball, soccer, baseball, hockey and basketball in high school.
“It’s definitely a huge part of who I am,” she said. “I don’t know what school is like without sports. I can’t really imagine it without sports. It keeps me level and it taught me a lot.”
“What you learn on the field, you can definitely incorporate into the classroom or teaching,” she added. “And the same with the stuff you learn in the classroom, you can put that on the field as well.”
And she is already planning to volunteer her time as a coach wherever she ends up teaching.
“I want be pretty involved with students and build good relationships with them,” she said.
Turner-Cummer also said she would highly recommend Brandon University’s Physical Education program to anyone else who is looking for a good school.
“It’s a great program,” she said. “The classes are small and you get to know everyone really well, especially the teachers. And the program is branching off…you can go into other fields from the program.”