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Tara Sharpe

From the age of 6, when she picked up her first squash racquet, Tara’s talent in the sport was evident. Playing out of the Peterborough #1 Nautilus Fitness Club, she established herself very quickly as a gifted player. From the mid 1980′s through the 1990′s she worked her way up the Ontario and Canadian rankings to become a member of the Canadian Junior Squash team, the Canadian Senior Development team and the Ontario Junior and Senior Women’s Squash teams. ¬†Achieving success at every level, she won many championships, including a bronze at the Mayfair Lakeshore International Pro Women’s Squash Championships, and gold at the 1992 Canadian Inter-Provincial Championships in Halifax. She was named captain of the Ontario Squash team, and went on to win gold at the 1991 Canada Winter Games in Prince Edward Island. That same year, she competed in a four week tour of Europe with the Canadian Junior team and later represented Canada at the Ting Classic in Kingston, Jamaica. After a long hiatus from the sport, Tara took up the racquet again and won both the Ontario and Canadian Ladies ‘A’ Squash Championships in 2012. Tara was also a good multi-sport athlete. She won various U12 and U14 Quaker Park Tennis Club Championships in singles and doubles; was named Thomas A. Stewart Athlete of the Year; won MVP awards in basketball and volleyball and represented her school for tennis and badminton at COSSA. She played on the Queen’s University Varsity Women’s Squash team, and was named MVP for Trent’s Varsity Basketball team in 1997. Tara was the first female to ever play on an OUAA Men’s Varsity Squash team playing for Trent while completing her teaching degree. Some of her individual awards have included City of Peterborough Pansy Forbes Athlete of the Year in 1992, Hall of Fame Joe Stewart Award in 1992 and the 2012 City of Peterborough Senior Female Athlete of the Year. Tara joins her parents Nancy and Dan Sharpe as an honoured member of the Hall of Fame.

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