June 20, 2024
Pupil-athlete brings similar dedication to hospital as volleyball court docket

As she stares down her final likelihood at a nationwide title with the Brock Badgers, Grace Pyatt (BScN ’21, MAG ’22) mentioned a U SPORTS Championship ring could be a becoming piece of {hardware} to pair alongside her two levels from the College.
 
The Utilized Gerontology main from Thorold has loved an unforgettable season as a senior student-athlete on Brock’s ladies’s volleyball crew.
 
On Saturday, March 11, Pyatt made the game-winning block to efficiently pull off a five-set comeback in opposition to Queen’s College within the 2023 OUA Championship match that put the Badgers again within the nationwide championship dialog.
 
The 2-time OUA First Crew All-star registered 22 factors with 17 whole kills and .517 hitting proportion, together with 10 blocks.
 
She was named an Ontario College Athletics (OUA) Athlete of the Week on Tuesday, March 14.
 
Pyatt’s abilities on the court docket have gone hand in hand along with her success within the classroom.
 
In October, she crossed the stage twice throughout Brock’s legacy and 112th Convocations to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Grasp of Utilized Gerontology.
 
The expertise was “unforgettable,” she mentioned.
 
Pyatt credit her volleyball teammates for enjoying a key function in her profitable pursuit of upper schooling, which has continued with extra programs past commencement.
 
“Pursuing my grasp’s meant I received to return again and play one other yr, which suggests every little thing on the earth to me,” mentioned the five-time Educational All-Canadian. “Right here at Brock, I am surrounded by 14 different ladies who’re captivated with creating change, altering Niagara and the world.”
 

Pupil-athlete brings similar dedication to hospital as volleyball court docket
 Pyatt obtained her undergraduate diploma in Nursing and Grasp of Utilized Gerontology from Brock.

Final season, Pyatt was a key member of the Brock ladies’s volleyball crew’s first excellent common season since 1989-90.
 
The Badgers went on a formidable playoff run as they captured their first OUA Championship title in program historical past and competed on the U SPORTS Girls’s Volleyball nationwide match in Calgary.
 
Pyatt credit her coaches and teammates for preserving her grounded whereas balancing her life as a student-athlete whereas within the Nursing program.
 
“It takes psychological fortitude and was an adjustment bouncing between the 2. I relied closely on my teammates at instances, particularly after I was a youthful nurse,” she mentioned. “Going into the crew room after a tough shift, there was all the time somebody there to hear and provides me a hug if I needed to simply cry for a minute. My teammates saved me grounded.”
 
Pyatt would typically have to change gears, going from a nursing shift on the hospital to volleyball apply.
 
“It has been superb to look at Grace develop as an athlete, however much more in order a human. In the course of the top of the pandemic, I watched her stroll into apply after working a 12-hour shift in her nursing placement,” mentioned head coach Steve Delaney. “The truth that she might step onto a volleyball court docket after working all day in an surroundings filled with illness, sickness and dying was unbelievable to witness. I love her rather a lot for doing that. I am proud to have her on our crew.”
 
By the top of her Nursing research, Pyatt had 10 medical placements below her belt targeted on areas resembling medical, surgical, long-term care, group psychological well being, pediatrics and labour and supply.
 
“The work-place expertise was superb — and an emotional rollercoaster,” she mentioned. “I went from performing wound care on surgical, emptying drains, to C-section or serving to catch in labour and supply.”
 
Pyatt attracts inspiration and affect from her mom, Barbara, who’s a nurse in Niagara Well being’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
 
“Ever since I used to be little, I’ve needed to be like my mother. I believed I needed to work with infants like her,” she mentioned. “Once I did my medical placement, I loved working with infants and labour and supply, however I discovered I cherished working with geriatrics. I am so passionate concerning the well-being of older adults and seniors.”
 
As a Grasp of Utilized Gerontology pupil, Pyatt labored at Resort Dieu Shaver this previous summer time to analysis culturally applicable palliative care and interventions for hospital employees.
 
“I felt a bond with older sufferers,” she mentioned.
 
In 2021, Pyatt helped her mom and uncle Brian function the first caregivers for her grandmother, Birdell, for the final two years of her life.
 
“Taking care of my grandmother in these last moments is the place my curiosity in well being take care of geriatrics originated from,” Pyatt mentioned. “Palliative care was a ‘wake-up’ second, however I rapidly seen it as a privilege to be with, help and luxury somebody of their last moments.”
 
Brock is the No. 2 seed for the upcoming U SPORTS Championships and opens the quarter-finals in opposition to the host college, the College of British Columbia, on Friday, March 17 at 9 p.m. EST.
 
All video games from the eight-team competitors might be webcast reside on CBC Sports activities digital platforms and USPORTS.ca