Field Hockey Canada alumna, Joel Brough, was inducted into the York University Sport Hall of Fame on Friday. Brough was part of the Canadian Women’s National Team from 1989 – 1995 and represented Canada at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.
“Joel was a great asset the teams she played for because she was versatile and could play a number of different positions,” says former teammate, Sharon Creelman. “Joel’s ability to make the transition from defense to midfield gave coaches the flexibility to build lineups and create strong matchups.”
In addition to her role with Team Canada, Brough was an influential member of the York field hockey team. The York Lions describe her career in their announcement of the inductees:
Joel Brough (BA ‘95) helped the York field hockey team win five provincial silver medals in her five seasons with the program (1987-91, 1992-93). The squad also won three national medals in that stretch, a silver in 1989 and bronze medals in 1988 and 1990. She earned three OWIAA all-star selections and was a three-time CIAU all-Canadian (1988, 1990, 1992), and was named to the CIAU championship all-star team in 1992. Brough represented Canada at the 1991 World University Games, 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona and also competed at the 1995 Pan American Games and two world championships.
Created in 1980, the Sport Hall of Fame honours individuals who have significantly contributed to York’s interuniversity sport program as athletes, coaches and administrators; and who have exemplified the spirit and ideals of York University sports in their professional and community life. The selection committee consisted of varsity alumni, current student-athletes and several university administrators.