Congratulations to Laura Branchaud, of the Department of University Safety, who is being inducted into York University’s Sport Hall of Fame at a ceremony May 27 in Toronto for her contribution to its field hockey squad from 1979 to 1986.
Branchaud helped the York field hockey team reach the CIAU national tournament four times between 1979 and 1984. The squad won two silver medals in 1980 and 1981 and she was named to the tournament all-star team in 1981. York reached the national championships those years (1979 to 1982) after playing in four straight OWIAA championship games, capturing two gold medals (1980 and 1981) and two silver medals (1979 and 1982).
“It is a tremendous personal honour for me to be inducted. My time as a student athlete at York was instrumental in providing me with the opportunity to achieve many of my goals and dreams,” Branchaud said.
She also participated on the Canadian women’s field hockey team at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles and in 1988 in Seoul, South Korea. She played the positions of forward and mid-field.
Branchaud went on to coach Carleton University’s field hockey team for four seasons and is currently the assistant coach.