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Wilson a record-setting track star

Leslie Wilson was an outstanding basketball player and track and field athlete.
Leslie Wilson was an outstanding basketball player and track and field athlete.

TRURO, N.S. – The 11th annual CEC Wall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on Dec. 22 at the Truro high school.

The ceremony will take place at approximately 7:15 p.m. between CEC alumni basketball games.

The induction ceremony will be followed by the unveiling of the Wall of Fame plaques in the hall and a reception in the CEP dining room.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Jennifer Hale Veinot, Leslie Wilson, Craig Burgess and Mike MacKay will be honoured during the Dec. 22 ceremony.


Leslie Wilson

During her years at CEC, Leslie was an outstanding two-sport athlete, excelling in both basketball and track and field.

To say that 1986 was a banner year for Leslie would be an understatement. That year in basketball, Leslie was the MVP of a CEC team which won five major tournaments in the Maritimes, advanced to the semifinals of the Vic Redmond tournament in Edmonton, and was the NSSAF Division 1 provincial finalist.

At the NSSAF provincial track and field championships that year, she placed first in both the long jump and the 200m and second in the 100m, the 4x100m, and the 4x400m relays.

Leslie was the unanimous selection as the 1986 Female Athlete of the Year.

That summer Leslie finished second in the long jump at the Canadian junior track and field championships and sixth at the national seniors. This earned her a spot on the Canadian junior team.

As a member of that team, Leslie competed in both the Pan American and World junior championships. As a result of these accomplishments, she was selected as the Sport Nova Scotia Female Athlete of the Year for 1986.

From 1986-1991, Leslie was a member of the University of Toronto Varsity Blues track and field team. During that time, she was a member of two OWIAA championship teams and one CIAU championship team (1988). At the 1988 CIAU championships, Leslie won gold in the long jump and silver in the 4x200m relay.

Leslie was a member of the Nova Scotia Canada Games track and field team in 1985 and the Ontario Canada Games team in 1989. Both times, she finished fourth in the long jump.

At this point in time, Leslie still has two records on the CEC track and field record board – one for the intermediate girls long jump (a distance of 5.22m set in 1984) and the other for the senior girls long jump (a distance of 5.33m set in 1985). In addition to those records, she still holds the Nova Scotia provincial outdoor youth and junior long jump records and the indoor senior womens record (5.91 metres).

In 2003, she was inducted into the University of Toronto Sports Hall of Fame, both individually and as a member of that 1988 CIAU championship team.

In 2014, Leslie was inducted into the Colchester County Sports Hall of Fame.


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