Canadian Olympian Sargent heads to CW Hall of Fame

Canadian Olympian Sargent heads to CW Hall of Fame

UBC Thunderbird captained Canada's women's basketball squad at '76 Games in Montreal

EDMONTON – A tremendous defender and play-maker known for hustle and leadership, Joanne Sargent was a vital cog during the golden age of UBC women’s basketball during the 1970s.

Over Sargent’s five-season career, UBC won four conference titles, and three Canadian university titles.

Sargent played for the Canadian national team from 1970 to 1976, and served as captain at 1976 Summer Games in Montreal, where she recorded 14 assists in a single game to establish an Olympic record that stood until 2000. She is one of only four UBC women’s basketball alumni to compete in the Summer Olympics. 

In 2019, Sargent was inducted into the Canada Basketball Hall of Fame.

To read more about Sargent's career, click here.


For the last century, organized university sport has been a central part of the student experience at institutions across Western Canada. Beginning with the University of Manitoba capturing the first Western Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union (WCIAU) men's hockey banner in 1919-20, student-athletes have been competing to reach their full potential in sport and the classroom, while enriching campus life. 

To commemorate 100 years of university sport across Western Canada, the Canada West Hall of Fame was created in the spring of 2019, with the first induction class set to be unveiled throughout the 2019-20 season. 


About Canada West

Since 1972, Canada West (CW) has been a leader in Canadian university sport, working to provide our student-athletes the opportunities to excel in sport, the classroom, and their communities. CW and our 17 members from across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba collectively carry on a legacy of competitive excellence, as our champions proudly go on to represent the conference at U SPORTS national championships.

Canada West – training leaders, building champions.