Seneca College’s Angela James named one of YWCA’s Women of Distinction
Toronto, May 17, 2012 – Seneca Senior Sports Co-ordinator Angela James is adding the 2012 YWCA Women of Distinction award for sport to her long list of honours as Canada’s first superstar of women’s hockey.
Angela is among seven women recipients recognized for accomplishments across a wide spectrum of activities, including business, education, entrepreneurship and health care. Their vision and determination have significantly improved the lives of women and girls at home and abroad.
The 32nd Annual YWCA Women of Distinction Awards dinner, presented by Sun Life Financial, was presented on May 16 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The dinner is an annual fundraising event to support YWCA Toronto.
“Angela has spent her career inspiring female athletes and we are proud to call her a Senecan,” said David Agnew, Seneca President. “She has dedicated her life to sport and we congratulate her on this recognition of her contribution to generations of girl and women athletes. We are delighted to have such an influential and skilled Canadian champion involved in Seneca sports.”
As both player and passionate advocate, she led the way for women’s hockey to be recognized locally, nationally and internationally. Her intensity made her the go-to player and one of Team Canada's greatest clutch performers. Angela was a member of the women's gold medal world championship team in 1990, 1992, 1994 and 1997.
Her domination of the women’s game has led to numerous accolades in recent years, including her induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and the International Ice Hockey Hall of Fame. The neighbourhood arena in which she played growing up was renamed the Angela James Arena by the City of Toronto.
Angela attended Seneca College’s Recreation Facilities Management program and established herself as one of the top Ontario College Athletics Association (OCAA) players. She was a three-time OCAA scoring leader and MVP and reached the 50-goal mark in the 1984-85 season while playing defence. She was twice named Seneca Female Athlete of the Year.
Angela is now responsible for the administration and co-ordination of sports and recreation leagues at Seneca.
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