A Limerick swimmer has been named an Academic All-Canadian by Canadian Interuniversity Sport.
Fiona Doyle has said that she’s “absolutely honoured” to receive this award.
“I try to give my absolute best in everything that I do,” she said.
The Limerick native was awarded the title by CIS, the governing body for all university sport in Canada, for her sporting and academic achievements.
The award is given to student athletes who achieve an academic standing of 80% or higher while playing on one of their university’s varsity teams, according to CIS.
Doyle, who is from Mungret, is currently studying Kinesiology at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada.
“It’s very important to excel academically, that ultimately is your future,” Doyle said.
“Swimming has been my life, but it is very difficult to make a career of it”.
Doyle said that it can be stressful to balance her commitments, but that they do complement each other.
“Swimming is my current number one priority, if I want to excel in it I need to stay on top of school work,” she said.
“Falling behind causes stress and sometimes missed sessions, both of which I want to avoid.”
Doyle was congratulated by Owen McNamee of Swim Ireland, who praised the sportswoman for showing discipline in her studies as well as swimming.
“She’s a great role model for young athletes, so we’re thrilled for her that she’s been recognised,” he said.
“She’s always been a great ambassador for the sport and the city of Limerick as well”.
The award comes at the end of a successful year for Doyle, who is one of Ireland’s hopefuls for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, having secured a place last July at the World University Games in South Korea.
She swam a time of 1:07.67 in her heat at the event, 0.18 of a second inside the Olympic qualifying mark.
This award is not the first time Doyle has been recognised in Canada.
The 24 year-old was this year named CIS Female Swimmer of the Year and was previously named Swim Alberta Female International Swimmer of the Year for 2012/2013 and the University of Calgary Female Athlete of the Year for 2013.
Doyle was also named High Performance Athlete of the Year for the second year running at the Swim Ireland Annual Awards last May.