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31 October 2011 | in NUSF News

CIS 50th Anniversary Success Stories (Week 8)


OTTAWA - As part of its 50th Anniversary Celebration, Canadian Interuniversity Sport presents the CIS 50th Anniversary Success Stories series. Each week throughout the 2011-2012 season, CIS will profile two alumni from CIS member institutions who have made outstanding contributions in areas such as sports, business, politics or in the community. Today CIS is profiling the University of Lethbridge’s Ashley Steacy and Tom Rollingson.

ASHLEY STEACY: Pronghorns Rugby Star now a Key Member of Team Canada

Ashley Steacy honed her skills in the CIS and has taken those skills to the international stage

As one of the most decorated female rugby athletes in the brief history of the CIS sport, Ashley Steacy (nee: Patzer, Ashley recent married fellow Pronghorn and CIS champion track athlete Sean Steacy) is just starting to make her mark on the world women’s rugby scene.

The two-time CIS Player of the year and three-time CIS Champion has become a permanent fixture with both the Senior National full squad and Sevens teams with one goal in mind, representing Canada at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“Thinking about the possibility of going to the Olympics is a pretty surreal thought,” commented Steacy. “It's a very recent goal of mine and is still pretty far in the future, but I'm trying not to think too much about the end goal, but rather all the smaller steps leading up to it.”


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TOM ROLLINGSON: Rollingson’s assists now coming away from the Court

Former Pronghorn assist-leader helps patients as a dentist and young basketball players as a coach in Lethbridge

Once a fiery competitor with an immense burning desire to win on the court, Dr. Tim Rollingson has turned in his hardwood hightops for the white coat and drill of a dentist office.

Utilizing that same passion and discipline that made him successful on the court, Rollingson turned his focus to establishing a similarly successful dental practice, located only minutes from the campus he called home for five years.

“I developed an understanding of the discipline that is required to become an expert in a field,” said Rollingson about his time playing for Pronghorns and in CIS. “Spending hundreds of hours on a task became routine, rather than obscure.”


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(Source: Michel Belanger, CIS Manager Media & Communications)