High school student-athletes could be luncheon winners

Ontario University Athletics and the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) are pleased to announce the inaugural OUA Women of Influence contest for female high school student-athletes across Ontario.

The contest will ask female student-athletes currently enrolled in Ontario high schools to write about the importance of continuing their athletic experience at an Ontario university. Entries must be kept to a 500-word maximum and can be submitted by visiting http://www.oua.ca/student/womenofinfluence/. Entries must be received no later than 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 18. Winners will be announced on Monday Feb. 21.

OUA and CAAWS will select two winners who will each receive two tickets to the Women of Influence luncheon on March 2. At the luncheon, OUA will honour 19 female student-athletes from universities across the province. Each school’s chosen woman of influence exemplifies strengths in not only in their sport, but in the classroom and throughout their communities, making an impact in their hometowns as well as their campuses.

In addition, the luncheon will feature guest speaker and legendary tennis star Venus Williams. The iconic female athlete is a winner of five Wimbledon titles, seven Grand Slams, 41 WTA tour titles and three Olympic gold medals. Off the court, Williams excels in a variety of areas including interior design, fashion and authoring two books.

Tickets to the luncheon at the Metro Convention Centre are available for $168.37 (taxes included) at the early bird price and can be purchased by registering at https://register.womenofinfluenceinc.ca/woi/register.aspx.