Sport: Racquet Sports
Year Inducted: 2002
As a young girl growing up in a sports-minded family, Nancee Cruickshank participated in the Cornwall Parks and Recreation program; it was, however, during her high school years that she developed her racquet skills.
She won numerous badminton titles, including the right to represent S. D. & G. in the All-Ontario Badminton Championships.
Following graduation from CCVS, where she was an Ontario Scholar, Nancee attended the University of Waterloo and became a member of the University badminton team.
During the 1973-74 season, she was part of the UW team which won 152 of 162 matches on their way to an OWIAA Championship. In 1974, Nancee received an Outstanding Contribution Award from Waterloo.
During her badminton days at Waterloo, Nancee was introduced to another racquet sport … squash, in which she became more involved after graduating from university.
After working in Ottawa as a chartered accountant, Nancee returned to Cornwall in 1979 and continued to pursue badminton and squash.
As a member of the S. D. & G. Badminton Club, Nancee won numerous ladies singles, doubles, and mixed titles. In 1983, her achievements were recognized with the Lions Club award as the city’s Top Badminton Player.
As the popularity of squash grew in the city, Nancee emerged as the city’s premier female player. She achieved an “A” ranking.
In 1987, Nancee had a banner year winning six Regional women’s squash titles, and the prestigious Ladies Provincial Amstel Charity Squash Tournament in Toronto.
For her successes on the court, she was honoured with the Lion’s Club Award for Squash. Nancee has not only contributed by her play on the court in badminton and squash, she has devoted countless hours to the promotion and development of the games.