Meet our Athletes of the Year - Lisa Bernard and Shawn Mitchell

The PEI Mutual Insurance Female Athlete of the Year award is presented annually to a Special Olympics PEI athlete for the most outstanding athletic performance at a Provincial, National or International Competition. The 2020-2021 PEI Mutual Female and Male Athletes of the Year were Lisa Bernard and Shawn Mitchell. 

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Lisa Bernard

Lisa is over a year off from her first Special Olympics Canada Winter Games and second national games, where she helped Team PEI Floor Hockey to win a Gold Medal! Her effort and determination did not stop there. While the world went into a pandemic, and group homes went into additional safety measures, Lisa chose to focus on the positives and undertake a new challenge to become PEI’s first Wellness Champion. This program offers virtual options where athletes undertake tasks with others or on their own and gain points towards one of the four areas that provide a holistic approach to wellness. Once all four areas are achieved, athletes are awarded the completed Wellness Champion Medal.

Lisa is a joy to be around, and she loves participating in Special Olympics. No matter what the sport is, she always gives 100 percent.  She is a very strong athlete and has put a lot of attention into her health over the last few years, knowing that it is important to her success as an athlete and in life. Lisa genuinely loves being a Special Olympics Athlete.

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Shawn Mitchell

Shawn is involved with Competitive Floor Hockey, Competitive Soccer, and the Community sports program in Charlottetown.  Shawn loves participating in Special Olympics. He enjoys the whole aspect of being an athlete and all the benefits of his involvement with the Special Olympics. His determination to improve himself and his abilities show through his accomplishments over the years. Shawn rarely misses a practice and enjoys taking part in them. No matter what the sport is, he always gives 100 percent.  Shawn enjoys being involved with everyone and shows support for his fellow teammates.

Shawn has been involved with Special Olympics for a long time now.  He had attended the National Games for Floor Hockey, Softball, and Soccer.  He participated at the World Games as part of the Softball team, where they took home a silver medal.  In each sport, he has added greatly to the team achieving success in each game.

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