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National award for local hoopster

Guelph’s Gemma Bullard has been named recipient of Canadian Interuniversity Sport’s Tracy MacLeod Award for women’s basketball.

Bullard, a John F. Ross CVI graduate, becomes the first Queen’s player to earn the honour, which is rewarded for determination and perseverance.

Bullard went to Queen’s as an OBA Division I champion, having played on a reconstructed (ACL) knee. She has had to deal with a severe concussion, and multiple ACL tears, said a news release.  This season, after recovering from surgery, Bullard has been on the court more than off it thanks to the help of a brace. She did however suffer a strained rotator cuff injury during pre-season and then contracted mononucleosis in the late fall forcing her to the sidelines for an additional six weeks, said the release.

While still in need of rehab for her injured shoulder, Bullard managed to miss only three games, finishing with an average of 11.4 points per game. She is in her fourth year at Queen’s, where she is a civil engineering student.

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