Reimer led Dinos back to Canada West glory

Reimer led Dinos back to Canada West glory

Women's basketball standout helped Calgary to 2001 CW title

EDMONTON – Basketball standout Leighann (Doan) Reimer became the first University of Calgary women’s student-athlete to win the BLG Award, when she was named the top female in CIAU for 2001.

Now the women's basketball star has been inducted into the Canada West Hall of Fame, as Tuesday she became the latest Dino honoured by the conference.

A five-foot-ten centre, Reimer played five seasons for the Dinos from 1996 to 2001, accumulating accolades while leading Calgary back to the top of Canada West women’s hoops.

Reimer was a two-time winner of the Nan Copp Award as the top female basketball player in CIAU and earned four consecutive All-Canadian selections from 1998 to 2001.

With Reimer at the forefront, the Calgary women’s basketball program returned to the powerhouse status of its late 80s heyday. In 2000, the Dinos reached the CIAU championship game for the first time in a decade and came away with a silver medal, with Reimer being named a championship tournament all-star. Then a year later in Reimer’s final season, Calgary ended a 10-year Canada West championship drought and returned to nationals, where the Dinos won bronze.

Reimer finished her career as the team’s all-time leading scorer with a total of 1,958 points.

To read more about her 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.

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