Lesley Hawker, a Barrie resident was a member of the 2004-2005 Skate Canada Senior National Team. The oldest of ten children, Lesley worked very hard to accomplish her dream. Lesley trained 20 to 25 hours a week at the Mariposa School of Skating coached by Doug and Michelle Leigh. Lesley still found time to work on completing her university degree. In 2003 she was the athlete representative on the Skate Canada Central Ontario Board of Directors. In 2003, Lesley was named Skate Canada Central Ontario Section’s “Elite Skater of the Year”. Lesley won the bronze medal at the 2003 World University Games, the first Canadian to ever win a medal in this competion. In 2004 she continued her success by finishing 6th in the Canadian Championships and in 2005 she finished 5th. Hawker’s real claim to fame is her bubbly personality. Last summer she helped teach disadvantaged children how to skate at a camp in Bracebridge.
Other nominees for the 2004 Athlete of the Year were:
Heather Bell: A swimmer with the Barrie Trojans, represented Barrie at the last two Olympic trials competing in the breaststroke. At McGill university, she was named nine times as McGill’s athlete of the week and was a four-time conference all-star as well as earning CIS All-Canadian status in 2003 and 2004. She was the team’s MVP three times and captain of the McGill swim team this season. While at McGill, she won 12 gold medals at the Quebec Championships and six medals nationally and is ranked 1st in the 50m and l00m breaststroke for Canadian Universities.
Amanda Truelove: Competed as a 14 year old grade 9 student in her first high school race in 2004. Amanda won the race with ease. Later in the fall, she went on to win the Midget Girls Simcoe County and GBSSA Cross-Country Championships. Last summer she competed in the Legion Nationals in Sudbury winning the 15 and under category in the 1500m setting a new record for that event. In the 3000m she broke a record that had stood for 20 years. A member of the South Simcoe Dufferin Track and Field Club for the past 5 years, Amanda also competed in last summer’s Jr. Nationals held in Saskatoon where she finished 6th in the 1500m for girls 19 & under. Amanda was ranked 2nd in Ontario in the 1500m and 1st in the 3000m.