Grand Falls – Windsor’s Carla Edwards is an exceptional multisport athlete who competed in numerous sports, including volleyball, basketball, softball, touch football, badminton, floor hockey, ice hockey and kickboxing on local and national levels of competition while maintaining a degree of excellence in the academic field.   Volleyball was her sport of highest success where she proceeded from dominating high school athletics to competing and exceling at the university level.  In 1988 she was selected to the provincial Canada Games Volleyball Team and competed in Saskatoon in 1989. Upon completion of high school she competed for Mount Allison University from 1991-1996 in the Atlantic Universities Athletic Association (AUAA). Edwards was chosen a Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union (CIAU) Academic All-Canadian for three consecutive years while a member of the Mount Allison Mounties.  In 1994-95, Carla won the Athletic Achievement Award, was chosen Mount Allison’s Female Senior Scholar Athlete, was voted Senior Female Athlete of the Year and was chosen as Mount Allison’s nominee for the James Bayer Memorial Scholarship.  In 1995-96 Carla was the winner of the James Bayer Memorial Scholarship – a prestigious scholarship awarded annually to an outstanding student athlete in Atlantic University Sport (AUS) for excellence in academics, athletics, leadership, sportsmanship and citizenship.  In addition, she was picked as an AUAA Volleyball First Team All Star and was the TSN Award Winner for the AUAA, which is awarded for scholarly, athletic and community contributions.  Edwards also won the Athletic Achievement Award at Mount Allison University, was selected as one of top ten Academic All Canadians, which is awarded to varsity athletes across Canada who obtain excellence in their sports and academics, while again being chosen as Mount Allison’s Senior Female Athlete of the Year. Between 1993 and 1996 Carla was a member of the winning team for the New Brunswick Beach Volleyball Championships three years in a row and represented that province at the National Championships.  In 1996 Carla returned to Newfoundland to attend medical school at Memorial University and in the next two years was named MVP twice for Division 1 of the St John’s Senior Ladies Volleyball League. During 1997-98 Carla won the Newfoundland and Labrador Beach Volleyball Championships and represented the province at the Canadian Beach Volleyball Championships in Ontario while continuing to coach, volunteer and deliver various sport development camps in a number of regions in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.  Following completion of medical school, Carla relocated to Ontario where she completed her psychiatry residency at McMaster University. She coached and played on a senior women’s volleyball team that won the Ontario Volleyball Association provincial championship in 2002. This team obtained a silver medal at the National Championship. Currently Carla plays ice hockey, enjoys kickboxing, and has a thriving practice in Sport Psychiatry at McMaster University. She is hopeful to extend mental health support to varsity athletes in schools across the country. She currently lives in Southern Ontario with her husband and two sons.