Top of their game

Jul 16th, 2013

School of Pharmacy

(L-R) Robyn O’Rielly, Matthew ‘Chewy’ Hamlyn and Adrienne Penney in their varsity jerseys and pharmacy white coats at the MUN Field House.
Top of their game

Sea-Hawks at the School of Pharmacy don red jerseys, white coats to achieve success

It’s a special student who can balance a heavy academic program like pharmacy with the rigorous schedule of varsity athletics. Robyn O’Rielly, Adrienne Penney and Matthew Hamlyn are pharmacy students who have represented Memorial in basketball, volleyball and soccer respectively. All have achieved success despite the demands of juggling athletics and academics.

Matthew Hamlyn just completed his first year of pharmacy school and his third year as a Sea-hawk. The center midfielder with the men’s soccer team feels that academics and athletics complement each other in a way that improve his performance in both areas.

“Playing on a sports team teaches you a lot of things that translate well to working within a pharmacy team,” he said. “You learn to be a leader while still being able to fill your own individual role. The desire to compete and set goals, to strive for something better – those are all things that make you a better student and athlete.”

Adrienne Penney plays middle with the women’s volleyball team and has competed for three years. She is entering her fourth year of pharmacy studies. The memorable quarter-final game against Moncton during this year’s AUS playoffs stands out as a highlight of her athletic career. The experience also served as extra motivation for all those long hours on the court and in the classroom.

“It was very rewarding to know that we succeeded after putting in so much time, and it reinforces the fact that hard work pays off in everything you do. I feel very fortunate to have these opportunities, to compete at such a high level and do something academically and professionally that I enjoy.”

A shooting guard with the women’s basketball team for her full five years of eligibility, Robyn O’Rielly concluded a successful playing career in March 2012, one that culminated with an induction into the Athletic Honour Society at Memorial. It is the highest athletic award a student can receive, and one whose criteria also includes good academic standing.

“We had a lot of great moments. On the competition side, the ones that stand out are winning the AUS banner during my rookie season and hosting the AUS playoffs in my 4th season. I think what I’m most proud of is being inducted into the Athletic Honor Society. It recognizes those that have made an outstanding contribution to the athletic program and I was very honored to receive it.”

One thing that Matthew, Adrienne and Robyn all agree on is a lesson they’ve learned in time management. Adrienne sums it up as a matter of balance.

“It’s all about learning how to do the best you can in all aspects of your life. All three of us also have different volunteer commitments and want to spend time with family and friends too. It comes down to using your time wisely. It definitely keeps you on top of your game.


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