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Guelph baller honoured as ‘outstanding’ woman

Guelph’s Bree Chaput has earned the 2014 Outstanding Women of Laurier Award at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo.

Chaput, who recently wound up her fourth and final season as a Laurier basketball player, earned the honour that recognizes female students who combine athletic and academic achievement with an active commitment to the community through volunteerism.

The graduate of Bishop Macdonell high school, a Laurier co-captain this past season, has volunteered with Special Olympic track and field athletes, Big Brother Big Sister Waterloo Region and has served as an Athlete Academic Success Mentor for Laurier’s Athlete Academic Success Program, said a Laurier news release.

The kinesiology and physical education major becomes the second women’s basketball player to receive the award since its inception in 2006.

A three-time CIS Academic All-Canadian, Chaput has played four different positions for Laurier throughout her basketball career there.

She has twice helped the Golden Hawks advance to the CIS Championship, including this year, a year that she and her teammates won the OUA bronze medal.

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