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Trent Rugby Player Wins Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Women of Influence Award


Business Administration Student Julie Brown Presented with Prestigious Award at Luncheon in Toronto Today

Wednesday, January 23, 2008, Peterborough

Third year Trent Business Administration student and star varsity rugby player Julie Brown will be honoured as a top female scholar-athlete by Ontario University Athletics (OUA) at the fifth annual Women of Influence Luncheon today at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

The event honours female student-athletes who have excelled in their chosen sports and fields of study. Athletes from 19 post-secondary institutions across Ontario will be profiled at the ceremony. Canadian LPGA golfer and recipient of the Order of Canada, Lorie Kane, will be the guest speaker.

“I think what makes me a woman of influence is that I am not afraid to work hard,” Ms. Brown says. “I truly believe no matter what your strengths or weaknesses are if you are willing to work hard you can do anything you can imagine. When someone sees you working hard they are instantly motivated to work hard as well, whether it is in school, in the workplace, or on the field. I believe that leading by example is one of the strongest ways to influence people.”

Originally from Peterborough, Ms. Brown transferred to Trent University after a year at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. In just two years at Trent, she has made an impact both in the classroom and on the rugby pitch. Recognized as a Trent Academic All-Canadian in 2007 for her strong academic standing, Ms. Brown was also named an OUA All-Star in recognition of her outstanding contributions to Trent’s women’s varsity rugby team and their division-winning season. Ms. Brown will be captain of the Trent team for the 2008/2009 season. In addition to her high academic standing and contributions to the sport of rugby, Ms. Brown is also being recognized for her leadership and work ethic, as demonstrated through the successful cleaning company she founded two years ago, which as since expanded to a year-round business.

“We are very proud of the opportunities our various varsity programs offer students and Julie is a not only a great example of the kind of student Trent who takes advantage of those opportunities to grow and flourish as both an athlete and student,” says Bill Byrick, director of athletics at Trent. “Julie is a leader both on and off the field and she will truly make a difference in this world.”


For more information, please contact:
Julie Brown at (705) 760-5087 (cell); or
Bill Byrick, Director of Athletics, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 x1252