CAAWS names Lisa Thomaidis among Most Influential Women in Sport


With files from CAAWS and the University of Saskatchewan

January 16, 2014, EDMONTON (ISN) – The Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) has named University of Saskatchewan Huskies women’s basketball head coach Lisa Thomaidis one of the top 20 Most Influential Women in Sport and Physical Activity for 2013.

Thomaidis, in her 15th season with the Huskies, has been voted Canada West Coach of the Year four times in the last 10 years, twice taking national honours from Canadian Interuniversity Sport. She led the Huskies to their first Canada West conference banner in 2005-06 and again in 2010-11.

But her accolades and accomplishments go well beyond recent years or the borders of CIS.

In 2012, the Dundas, Ontario native took a one-year hiatus from the Huskies to join Canada’s national program and was a National Team assistant coach at the London 2012 Summer Olympics.

In March 2013, Canada Basketball named Thomaidis new head coach of the Senior Women’s National Team. At the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship for Women she led the squad to a silver medal, thus qualifying for the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women.

Elected as a member of the McMaster University Hall of Fame in 2006, Thomadis has coached at the Canada Games, World University Games, PanAm Games, Olympic qualifying events and was named a YWCA Woman of Distinction back in 2009.

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