DEBRA (COVEY) BARNETT TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE SPORTS WALL OF FAME

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DEBRA (COVEY) BARNETT TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE SPORTS WALL OF FAME

All community members invited to celebrate at free awards event The University of Alberta Alumni Association is pleased to announce Ms. Debra (Covey) Barnett will be inducted into the University of Alberta Sports Wall Of Fame for representing Canada in international competition and for her ongoing commitment to coaching. Her induction will be commemorated on Thursday, Sept. 24, at the annual Alumni Awards ceremony.

Debra (Covey) Barnett, ’83 BPE, ’89 MA, has devoted much of her life to field hockey. This Saskatchewan-born athlete grew up in Jasper and made her way to the University of Alberta in 1979. After serving as captain of the Pandas volleyball team, Barnett began her field hockey career. While keeping in top form playing for Canada‚Äôs senior national team, she moved behind the bench as an assistant coach for the Pandas field hockey team. She represented Canada at many international competitions, including the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul and the 1992 Games in Barcelona. Barnett has been an award-winning coach for more than 20 years, and her honours include national coaching awards and a spot in the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame. Barnett left Canada in 2000 and has since called the U.S., New Zealand and Australia home. She is currently the head coach of the Newtown City Hockey Club in Geelong, Australia.

The Alumni Association invites all community members to celebrate this outstanding alumna’s accomplishments and those of 27 other award recipients at the 2015 Alumni Awards.

Date: Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015

Location: Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (11455 87 Ave), Edmonton, Alberta

Time: 7 p.m. – Ceremony with reception to follow Cost: Free, register for tickets at uab.ca/AlumniAwards

Dress: Business attire

The Sports Wall of Fame recognizes the contributions of individuals to the University of Alberta, provincial, national, and international sporting stage. For more information, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 780-492-3224, toll free 1-800-661-2593 or alumni@ualberta.ca. –