Milton native Kristin Gallant is the recipient of Brock University’s David S. Howes Spirit of Brock Award.
A guard on the Badgers women’s basketball team, Gallant was given the award presented annually to the student who embodies the spirit of Maj.-Gen. Isaac Brock with leadership, courage, innovation, inspiration and community service.
The 21-year-old’s work off the court is just as impressive as on it, all the while studying toward a degree in psychology at the university located in St. Catharines.
The fourth-year student volunteered at Niagara Children’s Centre, helping three-to-six-year-olds with exceptionalities. She also served as BU4U peer mentor to first-year students, working with them to get accustomed to life at Brock.
On top of that, Gallant also helped launch a Women In Sport Group at Brock.
“It was a rewarding experience to work with and get to know children at the centre on a deeper level,” the captain of the women’s basketball team told the university paper. “The experience with BU4U helped transform my leadership within academics.
“I’ve learned what it takes to inspire others and help them succeed just as I’ve had role models inspire me throughout my basketball career.”
The Badgers 2020-21 season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 22 regular season games with the Badgers in 2019-20, Gallant posted an average of 7.7 points and 5.0 rebounds. She averaged 11.1 points and 4.7 rebounds in 23 games during her sophomore year and burst on to the scene with an average of 13.1 points and 5.6 rebounds in 17 games as a rookie.