Ontario University Athletics will recognize the top female scholar-athletes from across the province at the eighth annual Women of Influence Luncheon on Wednesday, March 2 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
The event honours female student-athletes who have excelled in their chosen sports, fields of study and community involvement. This year’s guest speaker will be tennis star Venus Williams. Williams is a winner of five Wimbledon titles, seven Grand Slams, 41 World Tennis Association tour titles and three Olympic gold medals. Off the court, she excels in a variety of areas including interior design, fashion and has written two books.
Today’s honoured female athlete is York University’s and Hamilton native Amber Aquin.
Aquin has been an engaged student-athlete at York University for the past five years as a women’s rugby player, sport council representative, community and fan development intern, and a member of the promotions team.
She joined the women’s rugby team in her second year at York and missed her entire second season because of a concussion. After being cleared to play last year, Aquin was one of the most dedicated athletes on the team, arriving at practice early to work on individual skills while also seeking feedback from the coaching staff to improve her game.
She saw some playing time, mostly rotating into games along with other members of the team. Aquin worked hard in the off-season to continue to improve and became a starter and a leader this year, finishing among the OUA’s top 20 in scoring on a vastly improved Lions team that made the playoffs for the first time since 2007.
In addition to success on the field, she is also strong in the classroom and has made the academic all-Canadian list in two consecutive years.
Away from the field and her studies, Aquin is the women’s rugby representative on the sport council and works hard to get her teammates out to support other Lions teams. She has also been actively involved in charity events organized by the team, including a blood drive last year where she secured the most donors of anyone on the squad.
Aquin is so passionate about the Lions that she chose to do her internship for her sport administration certificate with the events and communications team, and has spent the last number of months organizing charity games and other special events as the community and fan development intern. She has also been a member of the Lions promotions team for five years.
Tickets to the luncheon are $168.37 (taxes included) at the early bird price and can be purchased by registering at https://register.womenofinfluenceinc.ca/woi/register.aspx.