Laurier swimmer Whitney Rich, a four-time provincial all-star, is back in familiar waters thanks to a special community partnership to fund the $4.2-million renovation of Laurierís Olympic-size pool. Financial supporters included students, community swim clubs, federal and provincial governments, area municipalities, and the university.
Athletics and Leadership
The Laurier Golden Hawks have a proud tradition of excellence in athletics. In 2008-09, our varsity teams earned national championships in womenís curling and cheerleading, and provincial titles in womenís hockey, womenís lacrosse and menís and womenís soccer. Our athletes also excel and lead by example in other areas. Through Healthy Hawk Days, student-athletes run gym classes at elementary schools and speak to students about healthy living habits; the Laurier Lettermenís Club hosts an annual sports play-day for more than 250 elementary school children; and the Womenís Athletic Association offers leadership and participation opportunities to female Laurier students. As well, many of our student-athletes volunteer with minor sport teams as coaches, referees and mentors. At Laurier, we have a tradition of inspiring lives of leadership and purpose through athletics and recreation.
Outstanding Women of Laurier
The Outstanding Women of Laurier Award recognizes a female student who combines athletic and academic success with a commitment to leadership and young athletes. Our 2009 winner was Hollie Nicol, a varsity curler who won two national championships and a silver medal at the World Universiade games in Harbin, China. Nicol also volunteered with the Special Olympics, instructing wheelchair curlers.
Athletes and Academics
Laurier values a well-rounded university experience, and many of our varsity athletes excel at both sports and academics. In the 2008-09 season, 45 Laurier student-athletes were recognized as academic all-stars by their respective interuniversity leagues, at both the national and provincial levels. Many of our varsity athletes go on to leadership roles in their careers and communities.