OUA honour comes to Burlington’s Heale

Ontario University Athletics will recognize Burlington Nelson High School grad Liane Heale as one of its the top female scholar-athletes from across the province. The honour is part of this year’s fifth annual Women of Influence Luncheon which pays tribute to female student-athletes who have excelled in their chosen sports and fields of study.

Heale, a track and field athletes, finished the 2007 academic year with an outstanding 3.92 GPA. She is a four-time recipient of the T-Holder Academic Excellence Award and in 2006 was one of the 100 students to be named a U of T scholar.

Heale was awarded the Hector Philips Scholarship, the Alumni and Rotary Club scholarships, as well as the Jean Forester Entrance Scholarship.

Athletically, she has been a steady presence on the podium, medaling at the OUA and CIS Track and Field Championships in each of her first four seasons. In 2007, she garnered five medals at the 2007 OUA and Canadian Interuniversity Sports championships. At the national championships, Heale earned another gold medal, while helping her team to a surprise silver medal in the 4X400m relay.

On top of her academics and athletics Heale finds time to give back to her community. This team captain has volunteered at the Weekend to End Breast Cancer, has been a canvassed for the Kidney Foundation, was a track official at the Public Housing track meet, and even found time to coach youth basketball.

This year’s luncheon is set for Wednesday, Jan. 23 beginning at noon at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Ticket information is available by contacting Lisa Constanzo at 416.923.1688 x23 or lconstanzo@powerpointgroup.com

This year’s guest speaker will be Canadian LPGA golfer and recipient of the Order of Canada, Lorie Kane.