A university student from Dashwood and South Huron District High School alumni has been selected as a 2019-2020 recipient of the University of Toronto’s Silver T award.
Sarah Kwajafa, a fifth-year life sciences major at Trinity College in Toronto, was the recipient of the Bronze T several years ago, which made her eligible to win the Silver T this year. According to the University of Toronto Varsity Blues website, the Silver T is awarded “for outstanding athletic performance.”
Kwajafa said, “I’m really grateful to receive this award.”
With campuses closed due to COVID-19 and the annual President’s Reception where the Silver T is usually presented cancelled, Kwajafa found out about the award through an Instagram post.
“It’s definitely a change from what we’re used to having,” said Kwajafa. “It was really disappointing to have to end our training and everything with our team so abruptly. This being my last year as a Varsity Blue, it was a great way to end the year with such an amazing honour from the school.”
Some of Kwajafa’s athletic accomplishments throughout her university career have included two Ontario University Athletics (OUA) 4×800 m relay gold medal finishes and two silvers, as well as a silver medal finish in the 4×800 m relay at the 2020 U SPORTS championships in Edmonton.
Kwajafa said though she’s been on the track team throughout university and plans to continue in athletics, her main focus has been academics, and she hopes to continue her education by attending medical school.
“I would love to stay in Toronto, but it would also be really nice to come home and go to Western,” she said. “It’s really competitive applying, so I’ll be happy if I were to get in anywhere.”
Kwajafa thanked everyone who’s helped her get to where she is today, including her parents, skating coach Kathy McLlwain, university coach Terry Radchenko, SHDHS teachers and coaches, and her high school track club coach Janet Takahashi.
“I’ve definitely had an amazing and huge support system which has helped me get through.”