Sandy has been recognized for her outstanding athletic
talent and strong leadership qualities. A graduate of Wetaskiwin
Composite High School and the University of Alberta, her participation
and achievements have been in several sports and on a variety of levels,
as an athlete and coach as well as serving in several executive
capacities. She made exceptional contributions to sport
at the University of Alberta, in
Edmonton, in the County of Wetaskiwin, the Province of Alberta and in
Her skills on the basketball court
helped the Wetaskiwin Composite High School Girls Team to win League
Championships in 1958 - 1959, 1959 - 1960. She made the Pandas
Basketball team in her freshman year. The Pandas won co-championships in
WCIAA in 1961-62 and 1962-63. and the Edmonton City Ladies Basketball
Championships in 1961-62. In her fourth year with the Pandas she was
selected as co-captain.
Upon graduation from the U of A
Sandy joined the Jasperettes Senior Ladies Basketball team and helped
them to win the Provincial Championship and a fourth place finish in
Canadian competition in the 1964-65 season. Another Provincial
Championship in 1967 earned them the right to represent Alberta at the
first Canada Winter Games.
Sandy’s parents encouraged her
participation in golf at an early age and she has excelled in this
sport throughout her lifetime. She was the Wetaskiwin Ladies Golf Club
champion 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, the Open Ladies champion at Wetaskiwin
in 1963, then at Ponoka and Lacombe in 1964. At the U of A, Sandy was on
the University’s Women/Men’s Golf team during 1960 - 1961, 1962 - 1963,
and 1963 –1964 seasons. In 1964 she was a member of the Alberta Ladies
Golf Team. In all, Sandy has won 20 golf championships. She has been
coaching junior golfers from Wetaskiwin and County at Black Bull Golf
Resort since 1989 where she has also been volunteer Director of the
Junior Golf Program, a statement about her commitment to and love of
Swimming & Diving
Her skills in the water started with
programs in Wetaskiwin and during her first year at the U of A she made
the U of A Panda Diving Team. Sandy was awarded the Royal Life Saving
Society Diploma Award for Excellence in Swimming in 1964, and a Royal
Life Saving Service Award in 1968.
Sandy excelled in curling as well.
Her Royal Glenora Ladies team represented the Edmonton area in the
Northern Alberta Championships and then in 1981, Sandy was club champion
at the Balmoral Curling Club as well as Edmonton City Champion. She was
a winner at the Northern Alberta Ladies Curling Association Ladies
Bonspiel in 1982.
After receiving her B.Ed.
in Physical Education Sandy began teaching in Edmonton Public Schools.
She became very involved in coaching at both High School and Community
levels. Her teams won City of Edmonton Championships in
volleyball, diving, and track and field athletics. and while
coaching at M.E. LaZerte her Girls' Basketball teams won both the City
and Provincial Championships in 1973-74
and they won the City
Championships again in 1974 -1975.
For her substantial involvement she
won the University’s WAA Major Executive Award.
A steadfast love of sports lead
Sandy to make a significant contribution to sport at executive levels
within several sports organizations and clubs. To name just a few:
President of the Women’s Athletic Association (WAA) while at the U of A;
the U of A Athletic Board and the Student’s Union; President of Alberta
Gymnastics Federation; the Royal Life Saving Society of Canada.
HIGHLIGHTS OF ACHIEVEMENTS
Besides her induction into the
Wetaskiwin and County Sports Hall of Fame in March of 2006 Sandy has
also received the following awards:
1963 - Women’s Athletic Association
Major Athletic award
1964 - U of A Bakewall Trophy - Most
Outstanding Female Athlete
1964 - Royal Life Saving Society
1968 - Royal Life Saving Society -
1986 - Order of the Voyageurs for
outstanding contributions to M.E. LaZerte High School.
2004 - Certification of Golf
Teaching Professional from Canadian Teachers Federation
2006 - U of A - Sports Wall of Fame