Former Vikes womCanadaen’s field hockey player Nancy Mollenhauer (nee Charlton) to be honoured by Field Hockey Canada
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(ISN) – VICTORIA- University of Victoria Vikes alumna Nancy Mollenhauer has been honoured by Field Hockey Canada, following the announcement of its phase one inductees to its inaugural Hall of Fame class. Mollenhauer (nee Charlton) is among four inductees including Harry Warren, Paul Chohan and Sumesh Putra, who are being honoured based on their extensive and accomplished careers in field hockey. She had a successful career with the Vikes (formerly Vikettes) from 1980-85 and the Canadian national team from 1982 to 1989. Mollenhauer was inducted into the UVic Sports Hall of Fame in the class of 2003.
The Victoria-native joined the Vikettes in 1980 and began her career with the national team two years later. At the varsity level, Mollenhauer enjoyed great success as she was named UVic’s athlete of the year twice in a row (1983-84, 1984-85) and was honoured as a CIAU (now CIS) all-star the very same seasons. In her final year with the Vikettes, she captained the team to its first CIAU title while simultaneously being committed to the national team.
On the international scene, Mollenhauer was a key player of what is recognized as Canadian women’s field hockey’s greatest dynasties. The national team qualified for every single world event throughout the 1980’s including two World Cups, two Summer Olympic Games and a Pan-American Games. The two-time Olympian helped her team pick up silver hardware at the 1983 World Cup and bronze at the 1986 World Cup. The following year at the 1987 Pan-American Games, her commitment to the national team program was recognized when she was chosen to be Canada’s flag bearer.
The inductees were selected from nominations of forty-seven highly qualified individuals and will be honoured at an invite only ceremony on November 12, 2014 in Vancouver, B.C. Phase two inductees of the inaugural Hall of Fame class will be announced on January 12, 2015 with the induction event being held during the summer in conjunction with the Pan American Games in Toronto, Ont.
– Competed for the Vikettes from 1980-85
– Captained the Vikettes to their first CIAU national championship in 1984
– 1983 and 1984 CIAU All-Star
– 1983 and 1984 UVic Athlete of the Year
– Played for Canada from 1982-89
– Competed at the 1984 and 1988 Summer Olympic Games
– Competed at the 1986 FIH World Cup
– Flag bearer at the 1987 Pan Am Games where Canada won bronze
– 1989 named Victoria’s Athlete of the Year