Purple Pipe: Alanna Boudreau
“PURPLE PIPE, AND THE TRACK STAR SMILES.”Alanna
Boudreau may not have the vocal talents of Alannah Myles, but
we felt their first names were close enough to poorly mimic “Black
The prestigious Purple Pipe was awarded this week to track
and field star Alanna Boudreau.
Boudreau is in her second year at Western. While she has little
idea what her future may hold after her studies in kinesiology
are finished, she’s certainly making good use of her time
right now. The women’s track and field team is currently
ranked eighth in Canada — thanks in large part to Boudreau.
The sophomore currently sits third in the Canadian Interuniversity
Sport standings for women’s triple jump.
Last year as a rookie she finished third in the country in triple
jump. After a summer of training, she’s expanded her repertoire
to include high jump and long jump this season. With the season
running into March, Boudreau has plenty of opportunity to move
up higher in the rankings while bringing Western along with her.
Her routine is nearly nonstop. If she’s not competing in
the long track season, she’s likely to be found training.
Boudreau pointed out that while some prefer not to train during
their off season, she essentially works out year-round.
Boudreau participated in her most recent track meet this weekend
at the Cargill Games in Winnipeg. There, she took home a gold in
the high jump with a height of 1.68 m. Coincidentally, Boudreau
originates from Winnipeg and relished the opportunity to return
home and compete in front of family and friends.
—Ian Van Den Hurk