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Sandy Cooper-Ryder, BA'78

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Women’s Athletic Alumnae Elfrida Berzins Award Recipient 2009

Having grown up in London, Sandy Cooper-Ryder knew Western had the best combination of academic and athletic excellence and was her first choice.

“I was very proud to be a Mustang,” say Cooper-Ryder, who was also a Canadian national team member and is still on the all-time Athletics Canada rankings in pentathlon, high jump and hurdles.

“Western supported me incredibly. Competing for the university was always a thrill and all of my teammates remain cherished friends.”

Today, Cooper-Ryder is the head of Physical and Health Education at Banting High School and has coached their track and field team for the past 20 years. She has been instrumental in winning eight overall OFSAA team titles and 12 Championship titles. Cooper-Ryder also launched the London Legion Track and Field Alliance.

Her hope is to continue to coach track and field and introduce a great sport to new young athletes. She will also be preparing high performance athletes for the World Junior Championships held in Canada next year.

Cooper-Ryder says her greatest accomplishment has been raising her two sons Jamie and Sean, with her husband, Joe.

“A family that runs together, has fun together,” says Cooper-Ryder.


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