Mac, Brock wrestlers join elite OUA women athletes list

Wrestler Ellen Macro has been selected as McMaster University’s top female athlete scholar for this year’s fourth annual Women of Influence in Ontario University Athletics.

The Mississauga native has reached the OUA podium in each of her five years as a Marauder wrestler, winning two gold, two silver, and a bronze during her career.

Macro has also picked up two medals on the national stage, including a gold by soundly defeating the two-time defending CIS Champion Emily Richardson of Simon Fraser University in the 61 Kg weight class. At the time, Richardson, the defending National open champion and a member of the Canadian National team, was unbeaten during three years in CIS competition.

Macro’s numerous athletic honours include being named the 2004 OUA championship’s Most Outstanding Wrestler, McMaster’s Dr. Mary Keyes Award, McMaster’s Female Athlete of the Year and three-time McMaster Female Wrestler Co-MVP.

Off the wrestling mat, she dedicates herself to her academic studies in Social Work and Women’s Studies and has been a winner academically Macro has been the recipient of the McMaster Honour Award (2001-02), Dr. Harry Lyman Hooker Scholarship (2002-03), University Senate Scholarship (2003-04), and the prestigious Dr. Ronald V. Joyce Award. Her academic average vaulted her onto the Deans Honour List as well as the Marauder Scholar list in each of her five years at McMaster.

“Ellen’s dedication and commitment to excellence in all her pursuits is inspirational. She is an outstanding role model and spokesperson for women’s athletics,” said athletic director Therese Quigley.

“As the recipient of the Dr. Mary Keyes Award, presented annually to the most outstanding female scholar athlete at McMaster, Ellen exemplifies the very essence of this award and the vision of the leaders of women’s sport such as Dr. Mary Keyes.”

From Brock University, wrestler Alana King gets the nod. The Scarborough native had a strong junior season in 2005-06, helping Brock to its eighth straight OUA title and fourth straight CIS bronze medal.

Solo, she won a silver medal at the 2005 FISU World University Games as well as capturing her second straight OUA championship in the 48kg class and first ever CIS gold medal knocking off the defending CIS champion, Miranda Dick from Simon Fraser University. She won gold at the Toronto Open and Brock Invitational meets while placing second at both the Arizona Sunkist International and 2005 Canadian Senior Championship. She also finished third at the Guelph Open and Western Open meets.

They and 16 other OUA athletes will receive their awards at a luncheon on Toronto on Nov. 30.