Waterloo squash player Miranda Ranieri was named the 2011 Civitan Sports Athlete of the Year at a gala in Kitchener Tuesday night.

This was the fourth time she was nominated for the award.

Ranieri’s 2011 included a gold and a pair of bronze medals at the Pan-Am Games in Mexico, as well as a national title.

This will also be her last year of playing competitive squash, as she will attend
optometry school in Florida later this year.

“When I was announced as the winner I was very, very shocked, excited…honoured all at the same time.” Ranieri told 570 News.

She started playing squash at age 7.

Here are the rest of the 2011 nominees:

-Keely Brown (national ringette champion)

-Mandy Bujold (boxing)

-Dillon Heap (former Laurier Golden Hawks football player)

-Jake Jagas (wrestling)

-Alyssa Lagonia (soccer, former Golden Hawk)

-Ian Logan (CFL’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers)

-Sarah Pavan (volleyball)

-Garrett Rank (golf, on University of Waterloo team and member of Team Canada)

-Leah Robinson (track and field)

-Brienne Stairs (field hockey)

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