ANTIGONISH, N.S. – Riley Jennings was recently honoured by St. Francis Xavier University for his athletic contributions.
Jennings, of Debert, was the recipient of the university’s X-Ceptional Award, which recognizes individuals who go above and beyond to contribute in a positive manner to StFX athletics.
The fourth-year human kinetics student and thrower with the X-Men track and field team was involved with the Motor Activities at X program, volunteering weekly with individuals with disabilities in a wide variety of physical activity programs.
He lent his time to the Autism learn to skate/swim program and was a StFX Fit 4 Life/Fit 4 Tots volunteer. He coached throwing to local high school athletes with the Antigonish Track and Field Club, was a facilitator with the Antigonish Multisport program, and assisted with the design of the inclusive sledge hockey program at StFX.
Jennings took part in several community service initiatives, including the Harvest for Hunger, Halloween Safe Crossing event, and the Men’s March for violence against women.
In the track and field throwing circle, Jennings was an AUS silver medallist in the weight throw this season, setting a new StFX record in the event. He also placed fifth at the AUS championship in the shot-put.
Jennings was a co-winner of the StFX coach’s award for track and field with Angus Rawling of Calgary.