Canadian Tennis Champion Daniel Nestor Awarded Honorary Degree by York University


TORONTO, Aug. 7, 2012 − York University is proud to confer an honorary Doctor of Laws to Canada’s most decorated tennis athlete, world champion, 2000 Olympic gold medalist and 2012 Olympian Daniel Nestor in recognition of his achievements and commitment to sport, the community and health science. 

“Daniel’s contributions to the sport of tennis and the broader community are truly inspiring,” said York University President and Vice-Chancellor Mamdouh Shoukri. “His distinguished career as a highly-respected athlete in tennis, his devotion to Canada, as well as his dedication to the community serves as a model worthy of emulation by our students.” 

In celebration of Nestor’s most recent achievement, President Shoukri hosted a special ceremony on August 7, 2012 attended by student athletes and members of the community. 

“York’s leadership in supporting Canadian Tennis makes this recognition particularly special. I am honoured to be part of their commitment to athletic and academic excellence,” said Nestor.  “The University is a leading centre in the study and promotion of sport and health science.” 

“We are proud to welcome Daniel home for the first time as the newest member of the York family,” added President Shoukri. 

Nestor received his honorary Doctor of Laws from York University President Mamdouh Shoukri, during a ceremony held at York University.


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