For top contributing female athlete at Western University
By Pat Payton
LONDON – It’s another award for April Clark at Western University.
The 23-year-old St. Marys native and graduating hockey forward (2015-20) recently won the F.W.P. Jones Trophy as top contributing female athlete at Western. Other finalists nominees for the 2019-20 award were Mustangs’ Julia Curran (basketball) and Madison Parks (wrestling).
“I was quite honoured to win the award,” a modest Clark told the Independent. “Western produces so many outstanding athletes and so many of the graduating athletes could have won it. I was very honoured to get it this year.
“Western is like my second home. Going there was the right choice for me; I wouldn’t change it for the world,” she added.
In 1957, the F.W.P. Jones Trophy was established to annually honour the person who made the greatest contribution to women’s athletics during their years spent at Western. The trophy has now become an important aspect of the athletic tradition at Western, honouring athletes competing in all programs at the university.
Clark also received a prestigious ‘Purple Blanket’ this year.
Western’s all-time leading scorer
April Clark, meanwhile, finished her playing career at Western as the school’s all-time leading scorer among women. She will go in the record books with 51 goals, 55 assists and 106 points in 119 career games. The previous UWO record for a women’s hockey player (Stacey Scott) was 102 points, established in 2015-16.
Second team OUA all-star
Clark, who served as a team co-captain this past season, led the Mustangs in scoring the last three years. This past season, she was named a second team OUA all-star after finishing fourth in the province in scoring (22 points in 24 games).
Another university highlight for Clark was being named Western’s female athlete-of-the-year for 2018-19. In that memorable season, the hard-working forward was selected OUA player-of-the-year, forward-of-the-year and a first-team all-star. The OUA scoring champ also had the most goals in Canada (20 goals and 33 points in 24 games), and was named a U Sports First Team All-Canadian.
The DCVI grad is studying nursing at Western.