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Aboriginal Boxer Named One of 20 Most Influential Women in Sport – The Globe and Mail

by NationTalk on January 19, 2012784 Views

Aboriginal boxer named one of 20 most influential women in sport

Globe and Mail Update
Published Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012

The Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) has named 20 women in its Most Influential Women in Sport and Physical Activity list for 2011, including trailblazing boxer Mary Spencer of Wiarton, Ont., an aboriginal woman who is expected to win an Olympic medal as women’s boxing makes an appearance at the London Games this summer.

Spencer moved up from last year’s Ones to Watch list issued by CAAWS.

Among other names listed as influential women this year are Anne Merklinger, the former top curler who was in charge of Canadian canoe-kayak sport when it rose to be an Olympic power and now director of summer sport for Own the Podium. Also included is federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq who is from Nunavut.

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