Nederveen excels on the court and off the court

McMaster Marauder veteran Meagan Nederveen is this year’s recipient of the Thérèse Quigley Award, which recognizes the Canadian Interuniversity Sport women’s volleyball player deemed the best example of balanced commitment to athletics, academics and community service.

The award was presented at Wednesday’s (Feb. 27) CIS championship banquet in Sherbrooke, Quebec.

Photo: Rick Zazulak/McMaster Athletics

The honour comes on the heels of Nederveen’s Ontario University Athletics Award of Merit earned a week ago.

“Meagan is the model for today’s student-athlete,” said Tim Louks, Nederveen’s head coach with the McMaster women’s volleyball team.

“She is a tremendous leader, both on our team and in the McMaster community. Her talents and competitive spirit combine with a tremendous work ethic to make her a very deserving recipient of the Thérèse Quigley Award.”

The fifth-year libero tallied 261 digs – the fourth-highest total in the OUA – while starting every match of the Marauders’ 2012-13 campaign as the team’s captain.

The Honours Kinesiology student was named a Marauder Scholar and Academic All-Canadian in January, having achieved an academic average above 9.5 in the 2011-12 session.

Her off-court activities are extensive and well-documented, as Nederveen plays a leading role within McMaster’s Mac Athletes Care project as well as the Mountain Volleyball Club’s VolleyTotz initiative – designed to engage young children in physical activity and volleyball in particular.

She volunteers with several local hospitals in the field of speech pathology, aiding in the recovery of stroke victims, and travelled to the Dominican Republic a year ago to build a house as part of the McMaster chapter of the DREAMS program.

Nederveen is the first Marauder to win the Thérèse Quigley Award since its inception in 1994. The award recognizes the contribution Quigly made as director of athletics and recreation at McMaster before leaving to join Western University in London, her alumnae.