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Alex Legge earns another prestigious honour

by Stacey Colwell

Former Dalhousie University basketball player Alex Legge was recently named one of eight academic all-Canadians for the 2009-10 season. Nick Pearce/Dalhousie Athletics photo
 Alex Legge has earned another prestigious honour to add to her long list of varsity accomplishments.

 The Oakland native was recently named one of the top eight academic all-Canadian student athletes by Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS).

 "This year's Top Eight recipients have accomplished great things and symbolize the many outstanding student athletes and universities across Canada," said CIS chief executive officer Marg McGregor in an October 5 press release.

 "I look forward to hearing great things about them in the years to come as they graduate and become leaders in our communities."

 The former Dalhousie University basketball player finished her varsity career with the Tigers in 2009-10 before becoming an assistant coach this season while continuing her studies in medicine.

 On the court, the former Canada Games medallist was named Atlantic University Sport (AUS) rookie of the year in 2007, then was selected a conference first-team all-star in her sophomore season. She also helped Dal win a pair of AUS silver medals and a fourth-place finish at nationals and was her conference's recipient of the Student Athlete and Community Service Award in her final campaign.

 In the classroom, Ms Legge was an academic all-Canadian and a member of the Faculty of Science dean's list each of her first four years at Dalhousie.

 In 2007-08, she earned the highest mark in cellular biology in a class of 235 students and received the Douglas Russell Memorial Book Prize for highest mark in introductory biochemistry in a class of 172.

 She was the 2008-09 recipient of the Dalhousie University President's Award for excellence in athletics, academics, leadership and community service, and was the winner of the 2009-10 James Bayer Memorial Scholarship, the most prestigious recognition presented to an AUS student athlete, which goes to an outstanding student athlete for excellence in academics, athletics, leadership, sportsmanship and citizenship.

 Actively involved in her community on and off campus, Ms Legge was a volunteer at the South Shore Regional Hospital in 2008, a research assistant in the IWK neuropsychology department in 2008-09 and a Dalhousie Varsity Council member for four years. She also organized the Tigers women's basketball team's Run for the Cure in October of 2009 and has been a regular volunteer for the meal assistance program at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax and with the moving forward patient walking program, while giving back to her sport by assisting with scorekeeping, refereeing and coaching at local youth basketball events.

 Academic all-Canadians are recognized for having maintained an average of 80 per cent or better over the academic year while competing for one or more of their university's varsity teams.

 In 2009-10, a record 2,299 students achieved the prestigious status.

 Among these individuals, one female and one male student athlete from each of the four CIS regional associations are selected annually as Desjardins Top Eight Academic All-Canadians.

posted on 10/12/10
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