Mustangs’ Curran Wins Sylvia Sweeney Award

From the Western Mustangs:

Ottawa, ON – Ahead of the start of the U SPORTS National Championship in Ottawa this week, the national governing body named their 2019-20 Major Award winners at the All-Canadian Gala.

Mustangs forward Julia Curran was recognized as the winner of the Sylvia Sweeney Award which recognizes a student-athlete for excellence on the court, in the classroom and for their community involvement.
Curran has been much more than a basketball player during her five years with the Western Mustangs, with outstanding service to the sport – both here and abroad.

The multi-time OUA all-star and Academic All-Canadian has notched over 1,000 points during a university career that began with an OUA Rookie of the Year selection.

Not only has she been consistent, but also persistent, having come back strong this season with 11.4 points per game after missing the majority of the 2018-19 campaign due to injury.

But amidst all the success on the court and in the classroom, Curran turned in what might have been her most important performance this past summer.

The forward from Waterloo, turned her attention globally, traveling to Senegal with the goal of empowering young women through sport programs. While there, Curran along with roommate and former teammate Laura Graham were able to run sports programs, run reproductive health educational sessions, and distribute nearly 300 feminine hygiene kits supplied by Days for Girls.

Her impact also extended to the fundraising side prior to the trip, which included distributing sporting equipment to local schools, as well as team apparel for girls to wear during games and keep afterwards.

Now in her fifth year with the purple and white, Curran continues to work with AYWA International NGO team, with whom she worked in Africa. Curran also has a community placement with True Focus and Motiv8 studios at Innovation Works London, where she is doing research to further addiction treatment.

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