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Western athlete honoured

By Alison Stolz
Gazette Staff

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 for 2002-2003.

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 Cup.

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.




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