Alumni Feature: Nikki Cornwall

Nikki Cornwall, Canada Games Alumni

Tell us a little bit about you:

I play volleyball for the Trinity Western University Spartans. I was the starting setter when we won our first CanWest and CIS National Championship last year in 2015, I was also named MVP of the tournament. I love photography, all sports, and cards.

What was your most memorable Canada Games experience?

My most memorable experience was playing in the final versus Alberta. Although we lost it was my first time being on TV and having all of my family be able to watch me play.

What inspires you? 

I am inspired by the athletes who came before me. At Trinity, I had the chance to watch the women's volleyball team years before I arrived. Watching them struggle through the hard times, so that my team and I are where we are inspires me to be great for the next generation.

What role has sport played in your life since the Canada Games?

Sport, mainly volleyball, has played a huge role in my life since the Canada Games in 2013. I have fallen in love with the sport over and over again. Since then, I have received a number of accolades including CIS National MVP, First Team All Stars, and the Ray Lepp Scholarship. The tournament really inspired me to be my best. In my first year at TWU I was already competing for a starting spot on the team, and in just my second I was starting in the CanWest and National final - that we ended up winning.

What advice do you have for athletes who will participate in the 2017 Canada Summer Games?

Embrace the opportunity and get to know the athletes from all around Canada as you will probably see them again at the post-secondary level or internationally someday. Sit with new people at lunch every day, watch different sports, encourage other teams from the same province, and make sure to take lots of pictures and exchange pins and clothing!

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