McGill's Ali-Khan wins Woman of Distinction Award

McGill's Ali-Khan wins Woman of Distinction Award
May 16, 06 Track and Field (W)

By Earl Zukerman

MONTREAL -- Sarah Ali-Khan, a McGill University doctorate student in pharmacology and therapeutics, won a Woman of Distinction award from the Montreal YWCA in the Sports & Wellness category, Tuesday.

She becomes only the third McGill athlete to win this award, which recognizes outstanding contributions by a woman to the field of sports, physical fitness, recreation or general fitness.

Ali-Khan, originally from Baie d'Urfé, Que., but raised in New Zealand, is the most decorated female athlete in McGill history.

From 1997 to 2003, she dominated the Quebec university circuit in both cross-country and track & field. She competed for Canada at the 2003 IAAF world cross-country championships in Lausanne and in 2004, became the first McGill-trained athlete to receive federal carding status by Athletics Canada.

Ali-Khan won an unprecedented total of three consecutive Gladys Bean trophies as the McGill female athlete of the year from 1999-00 to 2001-02. (Only one male athlete has accomplished a comparable feat: Percival Molson between 1898-99 and 1900-01).

She entered post-graduate studies at McGill in 1997 and went on to earn Academic All-Canadian honours five times for maintaining an academic average over 80 per cent. She was also a five-time honouree on the McGill Principal's student-athlete honour roll, accorded to students who earn a cumulative grade-point average over 3.5 on a scale of 4.0.

Ali-Khan earned CIS All-Canadian honours five times in track & field and four times in cross-country. She has won athlete-of-the-week awards 20 times at McGill, 12 times at the QSSF conference level and four times at the CIS national level.

McGILL ATHLETES TO WIN A WOMAN OF DISTINCTION AWARD

2000 Julie Payette (athlete, cross-country)

2003 Geraldine Dubrule (athlete, coach, official; synchro swimming)

2006 Sarah Ali-Khan (athlete, cross-country, track & field)

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ALI-KHAN HONORÉ AU GALA FEMMES DE MÉRITE
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MONTREAL -- Sarah Ali-Khan etait honoré au Gala Femmes de mérite, mardi.

Originaire de Baie d'Urfé en Quebec, et étudiante au programme de doctorat en pharmacie et en thérapeutique, Ali-Khan est l'athlète féminine qui a remporté le plus de prix de toute l'histoire de l'Université McGill, laquelle l'a consacrée « Athlète féminine de l'année » trois années consécutives.

Elle a devenu le troisième ancienne athlète de McGill de gagné cette prix, qui souligne les réalisations exceptionnelles d'une femme qui s'est illustrée dans le domaine de la pratique sportive, du conditionnement physique, des loisirs ou du mieux-être physique en général.

Athlète de calibre international, elle a aussi été reconnue Athlète senior par excellence de 2005 par la Fédération québécoise d'athlétisme. En plus des nombreux prix remportés en athlétisme, madame Ali-Khan se distingue par des résultats scolaires qui lui ont mérité plusieurs distinctions. Source d'inspiration et de motivation, elle est aussi très active dans sa communauté.

ANCIENNE GAGNANTS DE McGILL

2000 Julie Payette (athlete, cross-country)

2003 Geraldine Dubrule (athlete, coach, official; synchro swimming)

2006 Sarah Ali-Khan (athlete, cross-country, track & field)

SOURCE:

Earl Zukerman

McGill Athletics

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