2000 Canadian Sport Awards
ALSO ON SLAM!
Nominated by the Centre for Sport and Law and the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical ActivityA two-time Olympian, Sandra Levy of Toronto spent 11 years on Canada's national field hockey team before exchanging active play for the role of a selfless sport volunteer. Levy became a volunteer speaker with FAME (Female Athletes Motivating Excellence), sharing her sport experiences and drawing on the traits that made her a valuable competitor and a responsible and socially conscious individual.
Levy consistently promotes the participation of girls and women in sport. Positioned also to address the issue of racism in sport, she cites a powerful experience that occurred at a training camp in South Africa in 1993. Canada's field hockey team was one of the first to train in South Africa after apartheid ended. Feeling vulnerable as the teams' only black athlete, Levy organized a sensitivity debriefing for the team before leaving Canada and arranged open discussions while in South Africa.
After retirement, she earned a law degree. As part of her volunteer practical training, she worked with the Parkdale Community Legal Services in an intensive poverty law program. Today she is vice-president of business development with the Canadian Olympic Centre for Training in Corporate Excellence, a private company specializing in assessing and maximizing corporate human resources. She also maintains a part-time law practice.
Levy willingly shares her knowledge, skills, and unique perspectives with the sport community because she believes in giving back to something that has given her so much. With a special interest in the development of an alternative dispute resolution program for amateur sport, Levy was recently named to a working group established by the Secretary of State (Amateur Sport) to review, strengthen, and expand the current program.
Sandra Levy doesn't broadcast her work; she just does it. She personifies the sporting ideals of integrity, cooperation, and respect and has always applied those principles to her humanitarian endeavours within and outside sport.