WATERLOO – Leigh Hobson, a local cyclist who won a bronze medal
at the Montreal World Cup of cycling and competed at the Beijing
Olympics in 2008, will deliver the keynote address at the fourth annual
Outstanding Women of Laurier event Thursday, April 2 starting at 11 a.m. at the Waterloo Inn Conference Hotel.
highlight of the luncheon will be the presentation of the Outstanding
Women of Laurier Award to a student-athlete selected from among four
finalists. The award recognizes a female Laurier student who
successfully combines athletic and academic achievement with an active
commitment to leadership and the development of young athletes through
community teaching or coaching.
“The Outstanding Women of
Laurier luncheon is an important event as it champions the work of our
outstanding female student-athletes and the impact they’re having
within our community,” said PETER BAXTER
, director of athletics and recreation at Laurier.
“Leigh Hobson’s keynote address promises to be a real highlight. She
certainly knows a lot about achieving personal excellence. It’s hard
not to be inspired by a woman who competed in her first Olympics on the
same day she celebrated her 38th birthday.”
In 2006, Hobson
took a leave from her teaching job at a Cambridge high school to focus
on her cycling career. By 2008, the Waterloo native had won a bronze
medal at the Montreal World Cup. Later in the year, Hobson competed at the Beijing Olympics and finished as the top North American in the women’s road race.
The Outstanding Women of Laurier luncheon will be hosted by Daiene Vernile, anchor and producer of the CTV current affairs program Provincewide.
Originally from Toronto, Vernile began her broadcasting career at
multicultural radio station CHIN. After working as the station’s
legislative reporter for many years, Vernile moved to Texas and
reported for an ABC affiliate. In the early 1980s, she returned to
Canada and has worked at CTV Southwestern Ontario ever since.
For more information about the Outstanding Women of Laurier luncheon, or to purchase tickets online, please visit www.laurierathletics.com/owl