Gail Blake retires after close to four decades at Carleton

After 38 years, Carleton’s Assistant Director of Athletics (Varsity) will be retiring this June.

Gail Blake has been an active member of the Carleton family as a student-athlete, coach, and administrator. Blake has watched the former “Robins” become “Ravens,” was responsible for starting the Women’s Field Hockey Program (1984), the Women’s Soccer Program (1987), and the Women’s Waterpolo Program (1988). She is also credited with building one of the strongest women’s athletics programs in the country. Her fight for women to have the same opportunities to participate in university athletics ranks her among the top co-ordinators in the history of the CIS.

She was an exceptional student-athlete at Carleton from 1967-1970 as a member of the Robins volleyball team. She captained the 1969-1970 team to the Ontario-Quebec Women’s Conference of Intercollegiate Athletics Championship, and was selected as the Ontario-Quebec Most Valuable Player in 1970. She won two Ruth Coe Memorial Awards, as Carleton’s Female Athlete of the Year and after graduation, coached the Robins Volleyball Program from 1970 to 1977.

“We will miss Gail, but wish her well on her retirement from Carleton,” says Drew Love, Director of Physical Recreation and Athletics. “Her accomplishments speak for themselves and she leaves a legacy that will keep our Department in excellent shape for years to come.”

In the spring of 2005, Love will announce when and where Carleton University will celebrate Blake’s excellent career with her former student-athletes, coaches, staff, and many members of her extended CIS and OUA family. Details will be made available at a later date.

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