Volume 96, Issue 77
Friday, February 14, 2003

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The Gazette's All-Hot Teams - athletic AND sexy
Gazette King and Queen

Photos by Dave Picard, Niru Somayajula, and Dallas Curow

Lindsay Whitehead
Calgary, AB
Track and Field
Health Sciences

National standard high jumper and relay runner. Fourth-year health science student. Future chiropractor. Calgary native. Total package?

Our readers thought so.

Lindsay Whitehead of the track and field team, topped out the balloting of The Gazette's Western Varsity Athlete All-Hot Team.

Whitehead went to Strathcona Tweesmuir high school in Calgary, where she competed in track and field and volleyball.

"I just wanted a change of scenery," said Whitehead, regarding her decision to come half way across the country to Western. "And they had a really good track team."

Although, Lindsay ran relays in high school and still does now for the Mustangs, her area of track and field expertise is high jump. She has maintained a national standard in the high jump since coming to London and finished fourth at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport championships last year. She has already qualified for the Nationals again this year.

Lindsay has already applied to chiropractic schools in the United States for the next school year and, even though she says she loves London, it will probably be back to Calgary for Whitehead when her schooling is completed.

Valentine's Day plans were, as yet, "undecided" this year for Lindsay, who has a track meet in Windsor the following day. She did reminisce about a memorable Valentine's Day when her boyfriend at the time got her a dozen roses and wrapped a reason why he loved her around each stem. And he bought Lindsay's mother flowers, too.

Take notes gentlemen.

–Ryan Hickman

Christian Heffernan
London, ON
Football and Track and Field
Social Sciences III

"Clean shirt, new shoes and I don't know where I'm goin' to. Silk suit, black tie, I don't need a reason why. They come a runnin' just as fast as they can 'cuz every girl crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man." – ZZ Top

Although Christian Heffernan does not look much like anyone in ZZ Top (he recently shaved off his beard), he was the top vote-getter in The Gazette's Western Varsity Athlete All-Hot Team voting.

Heffernan, a native London boy, spent three years south of the border, roaming various outfields, trying his hand at professional baseball in the Atlanta Braves farm system.

"Heff" is now a two-sport star at Western, where he is a member of the Mustangs football and track teams. In his third year as a slotback on the football team, Heffernan was selected to the second-team Ontario University Athletics All-Star Team. On the track, Christian burns it up in the short sprints and relays, as one of the faster dudes, not only at Western, but in Canada.

"I like track the least by far," Christian said with a grin when he was asked his favourite sport. "It hurts too much and I'm more nervous at the start of a track meet than anything else."

Heffernan attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School and plans on teaching after he graduates from Western. He's also interested in coaching when his playing days are over, which was spurred on by his experiences in the summer working with children at the Sport Western camps.

– Ryan Hickman

Other Top Vote-getters:
Jennifer Bain
Sarnia, ON
Track and Field
Education I
Paul Francis
Hamilton, ON
Lauren Cosentino
Hamilton, ON
Jimmy Grozelle
Ridgetown, ON
Lindsay Kennedy
London, ON
Social Sciences III
Ken Lockhart
Toronto, ON
Social Sciences III
Marcy Reeves
Peterborough, ON
Field hockey
Kinesiology II
Adam Peaker
Burlington, ON
Business III


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