About Shayna Lewis

Shayna is a fourth year student studying Communication at the University of Ottawa. As a former competitive swimmer, she spent twelve years racing anywhere between the regional and national levels, spending her final two seasons as a varsity athlete. Shayna discovered AIA during uOttawa Clubs Week in the first week of her first year, and has not looked back since attending her first meeting. Shayna has been a student leader on campus for two years and completed a summer internship with our national Communications team. She has gained a wealth of experience in the field through her school's co-op program, including her time as Swimming Canada's intern during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
5 05, 2018

NTC Day 5 Wrap-Up: Smells Like Team Spirit

By |2018-06-26T14:19:48-04:00May 5th, 2018|

Picking up from last night’s post, the middle portion of the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. is one I always find the most challenging. It seems to be a time when team morale reaches a new low point, almost as if our attitudes and energy sink with the sun. I think it’s important to realize that no team dynamic [...]

5 05, 2018

NTC Day 4 Wrap-Up: Battling the Elements

By |2018-05-05T23:07:56-04:00May 5th, 2018|

To say that it has been a crazy day here in Guelph would be an understatement. DJ opened up the morning with our final teaching of the week, focusing on God’s great plan that far exceeds the world of sport. He explained how we were all created with a special set of talents – including [...]

4 05, 2018

NTC Vision Night: Removing the Mask

By |2018-05-05T00:28:20-04:00May 4th, 2018|

Vision night has become a staple of NTC, where we take some time to dwell in God’s presence and connect with Him outside of a sporting context. The night began with the announcement of the teams for the upcoming S.P.E.C.I.A.L., which saw the auditorium bursting at the seams with hype and energy. I can honestly [...]

3 05, 2018

NTC Day 3: The Weight Versus the Wait

By |2018-05-04T08:56:29-04:00May 3rd, 2018|

Today’s theme revolved around the topic of pain. Not exactly a cheery subject, but nonetheless an important and relevant one. By day three, the effects of running around for hours can really begin to manifest themselves in the athletes. Every body part starts to feel a little bit heavier – the legs, the back, other [...]

2 05, 2018

NTC Day 2 Wrap-Up: Intensity is the Name of the Game

By |2018-05-03T16:42:54-04:00May 2nd, 2018|

For anyone who read my last blog post, do you remember when I said how impressed I had been with the level of competition here at NTC? Well, I think I was merely scratching the surface with that statement. Because day two happened, and the only word I can use to describe it is “intense.” [...]

1 05, 2018

NTC Day 1 Wrap-Up: The Power of Pairings

By |2018-05-02T19:55:22-04:00May 1st, 2018|

Where in the world could one find a group of university students who show equal bouts of passion towards an all-star soccer game and a rock-paper-scissors tournament? Yep, National Training Camp has definitely arrived in Guelph, Ontario. And this year, 64 athletes from B.C. to Quebec are joining forces to discover what it means to [...]

6 06, 2017

Physical and spiritual muscles strengthened during Eastern Canada’s National Training Camp

By |2018-03-13T12:55:40-04:00June 6th, 2017|Tags: |

OTTAWA, Ont. – After six days of intense competition at National Training Camp (NTC), staff and students were ready to take a long nap. “It was the craziest, hardest thing I’ve ever done!” said Marilyn Grammenopoulos, a women’s soccer midfielder recently graduated from York University. In addition to some well-earned R&R, students were given a [...]

30 03, 2017

University retreat reveals lessons in life and love

By |2018-03-13T13:03:52-04:00March 30th, 2017|Tags: |

OMEMEE, Ont. – Tucked in a small village of nearly 1,500 people, God revealed that He can be a source of hope for all nations. Athletes in Action (AIA) Canada held its annual Eastern Retreat on March 24-26, an event dedicated to uniting AIA campus programs across Ontario and Quebec. Located at the Mill Stream [...]