Newbridge Academy welcomes Forward Neleh Vigneau Sargeant to the Bantam Varsity Team
Born in Ottawa, Neleh moved frequently with her large military family. The youngest of 7 children, she started school at the International School of Stavanger Norway (ISS) where she was an avid swimmer and skier for four years. Her older siblings taught her to skate on the outdoor track in Hovden, Norway where she showed a definite stubborn streak, refusing to come inside until she could complete the half kilometre track without falling. Moving back to Canada in 2010, Neleh asked to play hockey and spent two years with the Fort Henry Minor Hockey Association. When the family again relocated, this time to the Barrie area, her coaches recommended that she consider rep hockey and this launched her four-year stint with the Barrie Sharks. Neleh won numerous awards over her years with the Sharks but highlights included MVP of the Walter Gretztky tournament and the Markham Bantam Classic and most recent, playing in the final round of the Ontario Provincials in 2017. In addition to the Sharks, Neleh has played for the Ontario Prospects team in 2016 and 2017 as well for Forest Hill School in Midhurst, Ontario.
Former Coach Mike Grube of the Barrie Sharks program “Neleh brings a level of intensity, competitiveness and skill that elevates the play of all those who play with her. Her combination of speed and skill poses a challenge for the opposition.”
Although hockey is her biggest passion, Neleh enjoys all sports. She led her school to the 2016 championship banner in cross-country and also represented her school on their basketball, volleyball and softball teams. She also participated in the New Tecumseh ball hockey program where she was selected for the provincial team for the past four years, winning the provincial title twice.
An honour graduate of Forest Hills this past Spring, she will be missed for her participation in the Chess Club, Leadership team, lunch helper volunteer program, Green Team and reading buddy.
Starting out in a new school, City and Province may be daunting for some but Neleh is taking it all in stride. “Newbridge is going to allow me to play hockey without jeopardizing my academics as I start High School. Plus, there are kids from all over the country so I won’t be the only one new to Nova Scotia.” She also acknowledges her teammates and coaches from the Sharks organization as “…. without Coaches Mike, Dan, Steve, Bryan and others, I wouldn’t have learned the work ethic I need for this new challenge.”
Newbridge Academy will be a great start towards her goal of playing College hockey and earning a business degree.
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