CALGARY, Alta. – (Courtesy CIS) – Lindsay Druery, a native of Smithville, Ont., is the first Lakehead player to receive the Sweeney Award for excellence in basketball, academics and community service.
In her fifth and final university season, the Thunderwolves’ captain was selected as a second-team OUA all-star for the third straight year. The six-foot-1 forward finished tenth in the nation with 9.1 rebounds per game and ranked in the OUA top 10 in points (13.9 per game), field goal percentage (45.0) and offensive boards (3.7 per game). She finished her career with 828 rebounds, good for sixth place all-time in the Ontario conference, and also scored over 1,000 points for Lakehead.
The 2011-12 recipient of the OUA’s Joy Bellinger Award, Druery maintains her honours distinction in kinesiology and is also very active in the community. She volunteers with the Children’s Aid Society as a recreation buddy, with the Thunder Bay Boys and Girls Club, and also gives back to local basketball, helping the Thunder Bay Wolves club.
“Lindsay is an OUA all-star calibre athlete, maintains her honours degree average of over 70% each year and volunteers in Thunder Bay. She has managed to do this in her professional year where she is in her teaching practical’s and she also trains 3-4 hours a day for basketball,” said Lakehead head coach Jon Kreiner. “Lindsay has done a remarkable job representing the OUA and CIS as a positive role model in our community. She is a remarkable, selfless young lady that has embraced the richness of being a student-athlete and she appreciates every bit of the privileges an OUA and CIS athlete receives. She is a true Champion.”
Melissa Foster of UNB, Michelle Auger-Bellemare of UQAM and Lauren Taal of Lethbridge were also nominated for the Sylvia Sweeney Award.