Courtney Wilkes: always on the track

It is hard to think of just a few words that describe Courtney Wilkes, as her personality and abilities are so multifaceted. She is a critical thinker with insight beyond the box and is not afraid to challenge other’s options. She is a tenacious athlete with a focus and competitive spirit that I admire. She is an ambitious and caring individual that genuinely wants to help others and beyond that, make an impact on society.

During her undergraduate degree Courtney competed on the Panda’s Track and Field team winning numerous Canada West medals in triple jump, hurdles and long jump and qualifying every season for the CIS Championships. In 2011 she broke the school’s triple jump record with a jump of 12.13m and hopes to break it again before ending her career. Courtney has been involved with the University Athletics Board (UAB) since 2010, where she facilitates the Tobacco Free Kids Program allowing varsity athletes to visit elementary schools across the city promoting a tobacco-free lifestyle. She has done undergraduate research in both a neurophysiology and neuropsychology lab. In addition, as a former national level figure skater, Courtney coached Special Olympics skating for children with physical and mental disabilities.

Last spring Courtney completed her BSc. with a specialization in psychology. She is now in her first year of medical school here at the University of Alberta and despite her busy schedule, manages to continue competing for the Pandas among other student life activities. Remember the name Courtney Wilkes-with her ability to critically analyze, her nitty-gritty hardworking nature, and her caring personality you’ll want her to be your doctor!

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