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Tierney Hoo takes home Joy Bellinger Award

BY SCOTT HUNTER HADDOW [email protected] Tierney Hoo was on a mission this year with the Laurentian University womens' basketball team.

Tierney Hoo was on a mission this year with the Laurentian University womens' basketball team.

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Tierney Hoo
In her fifth and final year, Hoo entered the season only a few hundred points away from the all-time Ontario University Athletics (OUA) career scoring record.

Her team, the Lady Vees, was considered to be one of the top teams in the province, and was a contender for a title.

Hoo was poised for a big season, but it didn't happen.

Hoo's points-per-game were down, and she didn't break the record. The Lady Vees were bounced from the OUA East Final by Ottawa, meaning a trip to the nationals was out of her reach.

Even though her season didn't shine as bright as many people had predicted, Hoo capped off her impressive career by winning the Joy Bellinger
Award, which goes to an outstanding player with high grades and a great deal of passion for community involvement.

Winning the Joy Bellinger Award was extra special for Hoo, as the award is named after a former Lady Vees player.

"It shows that I am a well-rounded person and that I focus on other things than just basketball," said Hoo. "It's nice to be recognized because I do
participate in a lot of things in the community. It's one of my greatest accomplishments."

Over the course of her five-year Laurentian career, Hoo has been as unselfish with area youth as she was on the court with her teammates.

Hoo ran high school basketball tournaments, tutored Grade 6 students at Princess Anne School (and got her teammates involved with the project as well), and ran special clinics for kids across the city. Even when school was out, Hoo was still active. In the summers, she ran basketball camps.

Despite keeping grades that earned her many Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Academic All-Canadian berths, training and playing basketball, Hoo always found it easy to give back.

"It's my personality," said Hoo. "I love to give back, and I have always been that way. I have the leadership skills to do it, so I owed it to myself and the community to do what I did."

Hoo's generosity can be traced back to her roots.

"I had a strong support system when I was a kid growing up," said Hoo. "I was involved in many things because there was always volunteers who gave their time. It's important for kids to have that. It feels really good to be part of something such as giving back."

Hoo is a role model.

"Tierney struggled a bit this year," said head coach Mike Clarke. "She was the focal point of our attack and was guarded differently, but she stepped up and was resilient down the stretch and in the playoffs for us. Tierney is a role model and I see her impact on the team. The younger players respect her. She's a good student athlete who's always willing to give her time to other people. She's exactly who these awards are designed for."


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