by ACAC Sports Writer Curtis J. Phillips
Janelle Neyron is pretty humble when talking about her past sports accomplishments.
Graduating from Mennonite Brethren Collegiate in Winnipeg, Manitoba, she calmly mentions that the Hawks, in her Grade 11 year, won the Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association (MHSAA) Girl's AAAA Volleyball provincials.
In her Grade 12 year, they would spike their way to second place, falling to the Lord Selkirk Regional Comprehensive Secondary School Royals.
Also in Grade 12, she was ranked No. 9 for the best girl's high school volleyball players in the province In the Winnipeg Suns annual coaching poll.
In a single line statement, it capsuled her play, "Incredible skill … positive attitude … thrives in tough situations."
Teammate Katie Friesen was ranked No. 1. Friesen went on to play with the Florida International University Panthers.
Neyron also dribbled her way onto the Hawks basketball and soccer teams.
The 5-foot-9 all-around athlete also competed at the national level in beach volleyball.
Pretty awesome resume!
But she forgot to mention that she threw the discus 19.93 metres, which places her in the MHSAA track and field record books.
Looking back, it was more than just the practices, games and trophies.
"The highlight is just the people you meet along the way and becoming friends," said Neyron, 22, now a member of the Medicine Hat Rattlers women's volleyball team in Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) action.
A team in which she led in spikes 198 and second in digs 212 while adding 13 service aces 14 blocks.
Her third year in ACAC play, this was her first year with the Rattlers, having played for the Olds College Broncos from 2015-2017.
Her stats for 2016-2017 were a team high 253 kills to go along with 22 service aces, 174 digs and 22 blocks. Her rookie year 2015-2016 saw an impressive 137 kills, 21 service aces, 176 digs and 23 blocks for the Broncos.
For the 2017-2018, she would settle for intramural volleyball while attending the University of Alberta.
Three different post-secondary institutions in three consecutive years?
"After my course at Olds (Land & Water Resources Diploma) I decided to further my education (University of Alberta) but then I felt that my volleyball career was not over, so I am here (Medicine Hat, University Studies: Education)," said the native of East St. Paul, Manitoba.
Of the unpacking-and-packing, "It was different. I got some different experiences. I went from the town of Olds, a small town, to a very large city Edmonton and now at Medicine Hat, I am somewhere in-between.
"All three have been awesome. I have met so many good people and I have a lot of good memories and made some life-long friends. I was also so grateful that my parents could help out financially and emotionally. It was an experience that I would not trade."
Part of the experience, is that next year 2019-2020, she plans to enroll at the University of Winnipeg in order to continue her education in pursuit of becoming a teacher.
"My plans are to become a teacher...hopefully in elementary or middle school. It is important to have an impact on the future of children. Every summer when I go back home, I work at a daycare. I have been there the last three years and I have had the opportunity to see them grow-up. It is enough for me to know that it is somewhere I want to be in the future. Teaching children."
Did we mention that during the summers back in sunny Manitoba she is an ultimate disc star.