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Jenna White is a Winnipeg girl who is a standout at the University of Western Ontario both as an athlete and student.
Jenna graduated last April with a degree in medical science and biology and headed back to London, Ont., in the summer to compete with the Mustangs soccer program in her fifth and final year of U Sports eligibility.
"I started playing soccer when I was five and grew up playing for South End United until I was 18. When I was 14 I was invited to participate with the regional training centre in Winnipeg and also with the national training centre," White said.
"Both of those experiences were tremendous. When I was in high school I had the thought that I wanted to go to school and play in the States. I ultimately decided that I wanted to get a Canadian education, and Western was the only school in Canada with an undergrad program in medical science."
The experience and growth that occurs when a young athlete leaves home to attend university is often profound.
"I came to this university knowing no one," she admitted. "Automatically there were 30 girls I could count on and who quickly became great friends. The entire experience has been incredible. Every year was more and more fun. We went to the nationals three times; we went to the conference playoffs in four of the five years. It’s been the best five-year run in the school’s history.
"My rookie year we had a lot of first-year players. We all grew up together and became really close. These girls are my lifelong friends."
The Mustangs competed at the recent U Sports national women’s soccer championship in Winnipeg earlier this month, finishing fourth.
Jenna and her dad David, mom Nicky, brother Ryan, and sister Laura live in Tuxedo and are proud Winnipeggers.
"I wouldn’t be half the person I am without the wonderful influence of my parents, not only in sport but in all aspects of my life. I am so very grateful for them."
Sports have played such a large role in Jenna’s life, and she offered this to young athletes.
"Continue to do the best you can in sports, and go as far as you can," she said.
"Sports will teach you some important life lessons that you can only really get from sports. Sports will really help to build who you are as a person."
Former Winnipeg Blue Bombers kicker Troy Westwood is co-host of The Big Show, every weekday morning from 6 to 10 a.m. on TSN 1290 radio. He writes about Winnipeg’s unsung sports heroes every other week in the Canstar Community News weeklies.
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Former Winnipeg Blue Bombers kicker Troy Westwood writes about Winnipeg’s unsung sports heroes every other week in the Canstar Community News weeklies.