Just like their male colleagues, the women involved in athletic programs sought to honour those who made special or particularly significant contributions to the development and success of women’s athletics at Western. In 1948, it was recommended that women should be honoured with colours and shields for outstanding athletic achievement as men at the university were, but that these individuals should be chosen at the discretion of the Women’s Athletic Committee.

Later that year, WAC awarded the first Purple Blanket (an athletic honour previously reserved for men participating in two or more sports) to a woman, Doris Shirley, for her participation in basketball, tennis and ornamental swim team. This tradition of recognition for women’s athletics continues today in the form of the White Blanket. Female athletes also continue to receive Purple Blankets, marking athletic achievement at the provincial or national level.

In 1957, the FWP 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 Western.

Below is a list of winners of the award, with photographs and information provided by the WAA.

ThumbnailFirst NameLast NameSport(s)YearAdditional Information
Moser-ShirleyShirleyMoserSwimming (1952-58)
Volleyball (1953-58)
Archery
1957-58Team Championships:
WIAU Volleyball Champions (1953-58)
WIAU Swimming Champions (1953-58)
Swimming Relay Record Holding Team Member

Special Achievements and Honours:
President of WAC
Dresser-Mary-LouMary LouDresserBasketball (1954-59)
Volleyball (1956-59)
1958-59Special Achievments and Honours:
Captain of Volleyball Team
Vice President of WAC
Walton-YvetteYvetteWaltonVolleyball (1956-61)
Basketball (1957-60)
Tennis (1956-60)
Archery (1957-61)
1959-60Team Championships:
WIAU Volleyball Champions (1956-61)
WIAU Basketball Champions (1957-60)

Special Achievements and Honours:
White Blanket Award (1960)
Jeffrey-AndreaAndreaJeffreyBasketball (1957-61)
Volleyball (1957-61)
1960-61Team Championships:
WIAU Basketball Champions (1958-60)
WIAU Volleyball Champions (1957-61)

Special Achievements and Honours:
President of WAC (1960-61)
Ward-EleanorEleanorWardVolleyball (1958-1962)
Basketball, Track and Field
1961-62Team Championships:
WIAU Volleyball Champions (1958-1962)
WIAU Basketball Champions

Special Achievements and Honours:
Indoor Track and Field High Jump Record
Wagstaff-MargMargWagstaffBasketball (1960-65)
Archery (1959-63)
1962-63Special Achievements and Honours:
Volleyball Team Manager (1961)
Borschke-MarthaMarthaBorshkeBasketball (1961-64)
Volleyball (1960-62)
Field Hockey (1963-64)
Outdoor Track and Field (1963-64)
1963-64Team Championships:
WIAU Basketball Champions (1961-64)
WIAU Volleyball Champions (1960-62)

Special Achievements and Honours:
President of WAC (1962-63)
Hilton-SueSueHiltonBasketball (1961-65)
Volleyball (1961-62)
1964-65Team Championships:
WIAU Basketball Champions (1962-65)
WIAU Volleyball Champions (1961-62)
Smith-JoanneJoanneSmithField Hockey (1962-66)
Basketball (1964-66)
Ice Hockey (1963-64)
Volleyball (1962-63)
1965-66Team Championships:
WIAU Volleyball Champions (1962-63)
WIAU Basketball Champions (1964-66)

Special Achievements and Honours:
Co-Captain of Basketball Team (1965-66)
McRae-ElaineElaineMcRaeBasketball (1962-67)
Field Hockey (1965-667)
Volleyball (1962-63)
1966-67Team Championships:
WIAU BAsketball Champions (1962-67)
WIAU Field Hockey Champions (1966-67)

Special Achivements and Honours:
Captain of Basketball Team (1965-66)
Richardson-JeanJeanRichardsonBasketball (1964-68)
Field Hockey (1964-68)
Track and Field (1964-68)
1967-68Team Championships:
WIAU Baksetball champions (1964-65, 1965-66, 1966-67)
WIAU Field Hockey Co-Champions (1966-67)
Allison-JaneJaneAllisonVolleyball (1965-67)
Basketball (1967-69)
Field Hockey (1966-67)
Track and Field (1968-69)
1968-69Team Championships:
WIAU Volleyball Champions (1965-66)
WIAU Basketball Champions (1968-69)

Special Achievements and Honours:
Captain of Basketball Team (1968-69)
Pierce-BeverleyBeverleyPierceBasketball (1966-69)
Track and Field (1966-69)
1969-70Team Championships:
WIAU Basketball champions (1966-67, 1967-68, 1968-69)
Munro-Marion-LynnMarion LynnMunroVolleyball (1968-72)
Tennis (1968-72)
1971-72Team Championships:
OWIAA Volleyball Champions
Ontario Singles Tennis Champion

Special Acheivements and Honours:
Captain of Volleyball Team (1968-72)
White Blanket Award (1972)
Member of the Canadian Volleyball Team (1971-73)
Mackay-Janet-EJanet E.MackayIce Hockey (1969-73)
Track and Field (1969-73)
1972-73Team Championships:
WIAU and OWIAA Track and Field (1969-70, 1970-71, 1972-73)

Special Achievements and Honours:
3 Gold Medals in Tarck and Field (1970, 1973)
Assistant Captain of Ice Hockey (1970-73)
Weatherston-Evelyn-JEvelyn J.WeatherstonTrack and Field (1970-73)
Basketball (1969-75)
1972-73Team Championships:
WIAU Basketball Champions
OWIAA Basketball Champions
OWIAA Track and Field Champions (1973)

Special Acheivements and Honours:
OWIAA 1st in Javelin (1972-73)
Captain of Basketball (1972-73)
Riezebos-MaryMaryRiezebosOutdoor Track and Field (1970-73)
Basketball (1970-75)
1973-74Team Championships:
OWIAA Basketball Champions (1971-74)
OWIAA Track and Field Champions (1971-72)

Special Achievements and Honours:
OWIAA 1st High Jump
OWIAA 1st 100m
OWIAA 1st 4x100 relay
OWIAA 1st 4x400 relay (1971-72)
Quigley-ThereseThereseQuigleyTennis (1971-75)
Volleyball (1971-77)
1974-75Team Championships:
OWIAA Volleyball Champions (1972-76)
CIAU Volleyball Champions (1972, 1975, 1976)
CIAU Silver Medal (1973, 1974)
Alaszkiewicz-JudyJudy A.AlaszkiewiczVolleyball (1972-77)
Archery
1975-76Team Championships:
OWIAA Volleyball Champions (1972-77)
CIAU Volleyball Champions (1972, 1975, 1976)
CIAU Volleyball Silver (1973, 1974, 1977)

Special Achievements and Honours:
Member of Women's Volleyball National Team (1972-74)
Kitchen-PatriciaPatriciaKitchenSwimming (1970-77)1976-77Special Achievements and Honours:
OWIAA Record-Holder in 100yd &200yd Breaststroke (1970-74, 1977)
CIAU Champion in 1007d breastroke (1974, 1976)
Captain: 1973-77
Robbins-MarilynMarilynRobbinsTennis (1974-78)
Ski Team (1974-78)
1977-78Team Championships:
Jamie Mordan Memorial Award (1974-78)
Ski Team Ontario Champions

Special Achievements and Honours:
Can Am Champion (Skiing)
OWIAA Champion (Skiing)
Dick-JanetJanetDickTrack and Field (1975-80)
Cross Country (1975-80)
1978-79Team Championships:
OWIAA Champions (1979-80)

Special Achievements and Honours:
OWIAA Track and Field Medals (8 Golds, 5 Silver, 4 Bronze)
MVP Track and Field (1975-76, 1978-79)
MVP Cross Country (1977-78, 1979-80)
2 Gold at ontario Senior Championships (800m, 1500m) in Summer 1980
Lane-SharonSharonLaneTrack and Field (1976-82)1979-80Team Championships:
OWIAA Track and Field Champions (1978-79, 1979-80, 1980-81, 1981-82)

Special Acheivements and Honours:
MVP of Track and Field (1980)
Canadian National Record Holder in 100m hurdles (1979-82)
Silver Medal in Track and Field at Pan American Games (1979)
Olympic Team Member (1980)
Ontario University Champion in 50m hurldes, 50m sprint
Elliott-Pavan-CindyCindyElliott-PavanVolleyball (1975-81)1980-81Team Championships:
OWIAA Volleyball Champions (1975-78)
CIAU Volleyball Champions (1975-78)
CIAU Volleyball Silver Medal (1976-78)

Special Achievements and Honours:
Member of the Canadian National Women's Volleyball Team (1978-79)
Kennedy-JoAnneJoanneKennedySwimming (1976-81)1980-81Team Championships:
2nd Place OWIAA
6th Place CIAU

Special Achievements and Honours:
5 CIAU Golds
11 OWIAA Golds
Clarke-HeatherHeatherClarkeRowing (1978-82)
Nordic Skiing (1980-82)
1981-82Team Championships:
OWIAA Rowing Champions (1978-89, 1980-81, 1981-82)

Special Achievements and Honours:
Stroke of Winning Heavy Eight in Dad Vale Regatta (1981)
2nd Place in Women's Four at Henley Regatta (1981)
4th Place in Women's Eight at World Championship; first time in history of competition women were allowed to compete
Armstrong-AlisonAlisonArmstrongTrack and Field (1979-83)1982-83Team Championships:
OWIAA Champions Track and Field Champions (1979-83)
CIAU Track and Field Champions (1980-83)

Special Achievements and Honours:
CIAU High Jump Record: 1.79m (1983)
OWIAA Gold Medals: High Jump (3)
CIAU Gold Medals: High Jump (3)
Lemon-NancyNancyLemonBasketball (1980-84)1983-84Special Achievements and Honours:
Team Captain: 1981-84
Team MVP: 1983-84
OWIAA All Star: 1982, 1983, 1984
Purple Blanket: 1984
Lund-CathyCathyLundRowing (1980-83, 1984-85)
Nordic Skiing (1981-1983)
1984-85Team Championships:
OWIAA Champions: Rowing (1984-85)

Special Achievements and Honours:
Canadian National Team: 1978-79, 1981, 1986
Purple Blanket: 1984-85
Thompson-HeidiHeidiThompsonSwimming (1982-86)1985-86Team Championships:
OWIAA Champions: Swimming and Diving (1985-86)

Special Achievements and Honours:
Team Captain: 1983-84
All Canadian: 1984, 1986
CIAU Gold Medals: 1983-84, 1984-85(2), 1985-86(2)
Pat Kitchen Award Winner (MVP): 1984, 1985, 1986
Purple Blanket 1986
Alizadeh-MayMayAlizadehCross Country (1983, 1986)
Track and Field (1984, 1987)
1986-87Team Championships:
OWIAA Champions: Cross Country (1983, 1984), Track and Field (1984, 1985)
CIAU Champions: Cross Country (1983, 1984)

Special Achievements and Honours:
OWIAA All Star: Cross Country (1983, 1986), Track and Field (1984, 1987)
OWIAA Gold Medal: Cross Country (1986), Track and Field (1986)
CIAU All Canadian: Cross Country (1983, 1984, 1986)
UWO All Time Track & Field List: 3rd in 3000m
Purple Blanket: 1987
Anchuuetz-SandraSandraAnschuetzCross Country (1982, 1983, 1985-87)
Track and Field (1983, 1984, 1987)
1987-88Team Championships:
OWIAA Champions: Cross Country 1982, Track and Field 1983

Special Achievements and Honours:
Team Captain: Cross Country 1986, 1987
OWIAA All Star: Cross Country 1982, 1985, 1987, Track and Field: 1983, 1987
OWIAA Gold Medal: Cross Country 1985, 1987
CIAU All Canadian: Cross Country 1982, 1985, 1987, Track and Field, 1983, 1987
Purple Blanket: 1986
Gagne-BrigitteBrigitteGagneFencing (1985-88)
Tennis (1988)
1988-89Team Championships:
OWIAA Champions - Fencing (1985, 1986, 1987, 1988)

Special Achievements and Awards:
Captain of Fencing (1986-88)
OWIAA Individual Foil Champion (1986, 1987)
Provincial Foil Team Champion (1988, 1989)
Bronze W (1987)
Purple Blanket: 1989
Ostler-SaraSaraOstlerField Hockey (1984-86, 1988)
Indoor Hockey (1985-87, 1989)
1988-89Special Achievements and Honours:
Team Captain: Field Hockey (1984-86, 1988), Indoor Hockey (1986, 1987, 1989)
MVP: Field Hockey (1985-86), Indoor Hockey (1987, 1989)
OWIAA All Star: Field Hockey (1986, 1988), Indoor Hockey (1987, 1989)
All Canadian: Field Hockey (1988)
Member: Ontario Field Hockey Team (1987)
Purple Blanket: 1989
McBean-MarnieMarnieMcBeanRowing (1986-90)1989-90Team Championships:
OWIAA Rowing Champions (1986-1989)

Special Achievements and Honours:
Team Captain (1990)
Vice Captain (1989)
OWIAA Singles Champion (1990)
Ontario Rowing Association Athlete of the Year (1989)
Ontario Rowing Championships - Gold (1990)
Canadian Championships - Gold (1988)
Olympic Team Spare (1988)
World Student Games - Silver (1989)
Purple Blanket: 1990
Arbuckle-BrendaBrendaArbuckleCross Country (1987-91)
Track and Field (1987-91)
1990-91Team Championships:
OWIAA Champions Cross Country (1990)
CIAU Champions Cross Country (1988, 1990)

Special Achievements and Honours:
MVP Cross Country (1989)
OWIAA All Star, Cross Country (1987, 1988, 1989, 1990)
OWIAA Gold Medal Cross Country (1990)
Gold Medal - Track and Field (1988)
Silver Medal Track and Field (1989)
CIAU All Canadian - Cross Country (1989, 1990), Track and Field (1988)
CIAU Bronze Medal - Cross Country (1990)
Silver Medal - Track and Field (1988)
Bronze Medal - Track and Field (1989)
Purple Blanket: 1991
Coleman-LoriLoriColemanSquash (1990-92)1991-92Team Championships:
OWIAA Champions (1990, 1992)

Special Achievements and Honours:
Team Captain (1992)
MVP (1992)
OWIAA All Star (1990, 1991, 1992)
OWIAA Individual Champion (1990, 1991, 1992)
National Team Member (1989-1992)
Purple Blanket: 1992
Mommersleeg-MicheleMicheleMommersteegBasketball (1988-93)1992-93Team Championships:
OWIAA Champions (1991, 1992)
OWIAA Bronze Medal (1993)

Special Achievements and Honours:
Team Captain (1990, 1991, 1992)
MVP (1993)
UWO Career Scoring Leader (960 pts, 1993)
OWIAA Rookie of the Year (1989)
OWIAA West Division MVP (1993)
OWIAA All Star (1990, 1991, 1992, 1993)
OWIAA 2-Time Athlete of the Week (1993)
CIAU 2nd Team All Canadian (1993)
CIAU Athlete of the Week (1993)
Purple Blanket: 1992
Schwan-PaulaPaulaSchwanCross Country (1989-94)
Track and Field (1989-94)
1993-94Team Championships:
OWIAA Cross Country Champions 1989, 1990, 1992
CIAU Cross Country Champions 1989, 1990

Special Achievements and Honours:
Team Captain, Cross Country 1992, 1993
MVP Cross Country 1993
OWIAA All Star, Cross Country 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993
OWIAA Bronze Medal, Cross Country 1990
CIAU All Canadian, Cross Country 1990, 1992, 1993
CIAU Silver Medal, Cross Country 1990
MVP Track and Field 1991
OWIAA All Star, Track and Field 1991, 1993
OWIAA Track and Field Medals - 2 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze, 1990-1993
CIAU All Canadian, Track and Field 1991
Purple Blanket 1994
Vesprini-MicheleMicheleVespriniBasketball1994-95, 1995-96Team Championships:
OWIAA Silver Medal (1992)
OWIAA Bronze Medal (1993, 1994, 1995, 1996)

Special Achievements and Honours:
Team Captain (1994, 1995, 1996)
MVP (1994, 1995, 1996)
First two-time winner FWP Jones Trophy
UWO/OWIAA All-Time Career scoring leader (1171 pts, 1996)
OWIAA Rookie of the Year (1992)
OWIAA West Division MVP (1994, 1995, 1996)
OWIAA All Star (1994, 1995, 1996)
CIAU All Canadian (1994, 1995, 1996)
CIAU All Rookie Team (1992)
Purple Blanket: 1995
Nobes-AngelaAngelaNobesBasketball (1994-97)1996-97Team Championships:
OWIAA Bronze Medal (1994, 1995, 1997)
OWIAA Silver Medal (1996)
CIAU Bronze Medal (1997)

Special Achievements and Honours:
Team Captain (1997)
MVP (1997)
OWIAA West Division MVP (1997)
OWIAA All Star (1995, 1996, 1997)
CIAU Tournament All Star (1997)
CIAU 2nd Team All Canadian (1997)
CIAU Athlete of the Week (1997)
Purple Blanket: 1997
Nathanson-SaraSaraNathansonSoccer1997-98Team Championships:
OWIAA Gold Medal (1994)

Special Achievements and Honours:
Team Captain (1996, 1997)
MVP (1994)
UWO, OUA, CIAU Career Scoring Record (54 goals, 1997)
OWIAA All Star (1994, 1995, 1996)
OUA All Star (1997)
OUA West Division MVP (1997)
CIAU All Canadian (1995, 1996, 1997)
CIAU 2nd Team All Canadian (1994)
CIAU Tournament All Star (1994)
CIAU Athlete of the Week (1994)
Purple Blanket: 1997
(OWIAA became OUA in 1997-1998)
Farr-KristinaKristinaFarrCross Country
Track and Field
1998-99
Simpson-MarnieMarnieSimpsonVolleyball1999-00
Chou-BelindaBelindaChouWrestling2000-01CIAU Gold 2001, Silver 2000
CIAU--All Canadian 2000 and 2001
OUA Champion 1998-2001
OUA 1st-Team 1998-2001
OUA MVP 2001
Purple Blanket 2001, Academic All-Canadian 2005
2002 World University Bronze Medallist
Bishop-LeahLeahBishopBadminton2001-02OUA Team Gold (1999, 2001, 2002)
OUA Team Silver (2000)
OUA Individual Gold (2000, 2002)
OUA Individual Silver (1999, 2001)
OUA First Team All Star (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002)
MVP (2000, 2001, 2002)
Bronze W award (2001, 2002)
Purple Blanket: 2002
OUA Squash Coach of the Year (2002)
Canadian University Championships Silver (2002)
McCartney-JudyJudyMcCartneyRugby2002-03Team Achievements:
CIAU 2nd place finish 02-03
OUA 2nd place finish 02-03

Personal Achievements:
OUA all-star 00, 01, 02
OUA second team all-star 99-00
CIAU all Canadian 00,01
MVP 01, 02
Bronze W 00-01
Purple Blanket 02-03
Captain 00-01, 001-02, 02-03
Academic all Canadian
EvaHavarisSoccer2003-04
Kryszak-JenniferJenniferKryszakRugby
Wrestling
2004-05
McNutt-TerriTerriMcNuttWrestling2005-06CIS - 1st (2006), 2nd (2004), 3rd (2005)
OUA - 1st (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006)
CIS All-Canadian 2003, 2006
OUA all-star 2002-06
MVP: 2004, 2005, 2006
Bronze W Award: 2004
Purple Blanket: 2005
Academic All Canadian: 2005-06
Lam-JenJenLamBadminton2006-07OUA Gold Medal three times
OUA Silver Medal
Purple Blanket: 2007
World Universiades Games (Bangkok) 2007
OUA MVP four times
UWO MVP four times
OUA Athlete of the Week
Cayton-JayneJayneCationRugby2007-08CIS Team Champion (2004, 2005)
OUA Team Champion (2004, 2005, 2006)
Academic All-Canadian each year
CIS two time All-Canadian
OUA three time first team all-star
CIS and OUA rookie of the year
Team MVP 2008