Bar­ring­ton na­tive wins ma­jor AUS rugby award

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Bar­ring­ton na­tive and thirdyear Aca­dia Univer­sity stu­dent Tomi Mc­carthy has been se­lected as the re­cip­i­ent of the AUS (At­lantic Univer­sity Sport) stu­den­tath­lete com­mu­nity ser­vice award for 2018 Women’s Rugby.

Mc­carthy, who be­gan play­ing rugby in her se­nior years at Bar­ring­ton Mu­nic­i­pal High School, played prop for the Ax­e­women in their sec­ond game of the sea­son on Sept. 16 at Saint Mary’s Univer­sity in Hal­i­fax, which they won by a com­mand­ing score of 77-17.

“Mc­carthy is heav­ily in­volved in the com­mu­nity, vol­un­teer­ing her time with sev­eral causes,” reads the awards ci­ta­tion.

She is the co-or­di­na­tor for the youth out­reach pro­gram, Rec Bud­die, which helps guide at-risk youth in the An­napo­lis Val­ley area to make pos­i­tive and con­struc­tive de­ci­sions and to em­brace lead­er­ship roles they can take on to help other youth in the com­mu­nity.

Mc­carthy is a leader and pro­gram or­ga­nizer for Aca­dia’s SMILE pro­gram (Sen­sory Mo­tor In­struc­tional Learn­ing Ex­pe­ri­ence), work­ing with children with autism to de­velop mo­tor, cog­ni­tive and so­cial learn­ing skills.

Mc­carthy also helps or­ga­nize and run the Girls Night Out pro­gram within the Wolfville com­mu­nity where young girls are paired with fe­male stu­dent ath­letes from Aca­dia who serve as role mod­els. She is also in­volved in the Rookie Rugby ini­tia­tive, work­ing with Rugby Nova Sco­tia to in­tro­duce youth to the sport of rugby in a fun and en­gag­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

For her part, Mc­carthy gives thanks to oth­ers for the op­por­tu­ni­ties she has.

“I’m so thank­ful for Aca­dia and the Val­ley’s com­mu­ni­ties for giv­ing me the chance to do such cool stuff,” she says. “I’m happy to be given this award and ex­cited to con­tinue with these pro­grams.”

Mc­carthy is just the sec­ond player from the Ax­e­women to be hon­oured with this award since its in­cep­tion in 2009. Aca­dia alumna Kelsey Brumm first took home the award in 2016, go­ing on to claim the na­tional hon­our.

Mc­carthy now be­comes the At­lantic con­fer­ence nom­i­nee for the na­tional award.

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