Western athlete honoured
By Alison Stolz
Ontario University Athletics
“NO, I NEVER GOT TO USE A MOONRAKER IN SPACE.” Western’s
Anne Benedetti poses with Dr. Roberta Bondar after being
named an Outstanding Woman Scholar-Athlete for 2002-2003.
Western's own Anne Benedetti was recently honoured at the Chatelaine
Women of Influence luncheon as an Outstanding Woman Scholar-Athlete
Along with 17 other women -one from each Ontario university- Benedetti
received her award for excellence in athletics and academics. The
awards were presented by Dr. Roberta Bondar, the first Canadian
woman in space and the recently-named chancellor of Trent University.
During her years as a varsity athlete, Benedetti has received numerous
titles and awards. She was MVP for her last three seasons of lacrosse,
as well as an Ontario University Athletics All-Star for two years.
Last year, she led the Mustangs to a silver in the OUAs, improving
on 2001's bronze. As a member of the Canadian Lacrosse Team in 2001,
she travelled to England to participate in the Women? Lacrosse World
Here at Western, Benedetti led the varsity women's lacrosse team
as captain as well as coach and was awarded the Purple Blanket in
the 2002- 2003 season. She also captured The Gazette's nod as athlete
of the year after receiving similar honours from The Queen's Journal.
All told, Benedetti has been named team MVP five times and been
on four All-Star teams.
On the scholarly side, Benedetti completed concurrent bachelor
of education and bachelor of arts degrees from Queen's University.
In 2001, Benedetti enrolled in Western's law school and completed
her bachelor of laws in 2003. Upon graduation, she was chosen by
her peers as the recipient of the Mary Warner Prize in Human Rights
and awarded the Law Society of Upper Canada Prize for being in the
top 10 per cent of her class. Benedetti has also volunteered for
Community Legal Services, where she specialized in informing tenants
of their rights.