Five-time CIS champion Bernard enters CW Hall of fame

Five-time CIS champion Bernard enters CW Hall of fame

Regina, Alberta student-athlete first US Olympian inducted

EDMONTON – Wrestler Ali Bernard is a unique member of the inaugural Canada West Hall of Fame class.

The New Ulm, Minnesota product is the first two-school inductee, having competed at the University of Regina and Alberta. She is also the first US Olympian inducted, joining Canadian Olympic athletes in the conference’s Hall of Fame.

Bernard competed for the Regina Cougars from 2005 to 2008, before wrestling one final season in 2010 at the U of A.

Bernard won the national championship for her weight class in every year of her varsity career, setting a record with five CIS gold medals. She also placed atop the podium at the Canada West championship in all five of her seasons.

Internationally, Bernard won several medals, including gold at the 2010 FISU Games, and bronze at the 2011 World Championships. She competed at both the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and again four years later in London.

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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.