Cape Breton University is proud to announce the Honorary Chair of the 2021 U Sports Women’s National Soccer Championships, Mrs. Nancy Dingwall. Dingwall started her career with the Cape Breton University Athletics team in 1980 and served as the Capers’ physiotherapist until her retirement in 2013. During these 33 years of service, Nancy worked with student-athletes as well as community members through the Max Bell Health and Counselling Centre.
“I always thought I was the luckiest physiotherapist because I had the best clients,” says Nancy. “The students were motivated and healthy and appreciated the work we did with them. I can’t think of a single student I didn’t enjoy working with.”
In honour of her continued support and service to the CBU Capers, Nancy is being recognized as the Honorary Chair of the 2021 U Sports Women’s National Soccer Championships, hosted by Cape Breton University from November 18-21.
“We couldn’t think of a better choice for an Honorary Chair than Nancy,” says John Ryan, CBU Athletics Director. “Her continued support of our athletes over the years is inspiring, and her perseverance exemplifies the values of the Capers program.”
Nancy – who represented CBU on the national stage at U Sports (then CIS) meetings and committees – often accompanied the teams to national championships throughout the years and served as the volunteer physiotherapist lead at the Canada Games in 1987. She says it was an honour and privilege to be part of the CBU family throughout her career.
One of the highlights of Nancy’s career was watching the 2007 Women’s Soccer team win a national gold medal on home turf. That legendary year was the last time CBU hosted a U Sports national championship, so it is incredibly fitting to come full circle and have Nancy serve as the 2021 Chair.
Since her retirement in 2013, Nancy has remained active in the community and is a fixture at Capers games, rarely missing a game. “I’m such a big fan of these student-athletes,” she says. “I can’t wait to cheer them on as they fight for another national title on home turf.”
For more information on the U Sport National Championship, visit cbu.ca/usports