Health Sciences alumna wins two gold medals at the 2017 Canada Summer Games

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Julia Hanes achieved gold medals for both para discus and para shotput, and shattered the Canadian record for each by throwing 20.62 metres and 7 metres even respectively.


Congratulations are in order to McMaster alumna Julia Hanes, who competed as a thrower in para discus and para shotput at the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg. Hanes not only achieved gold medals for both events, but shattered the Canadian record for each by throwing 20.62 metres and 7 metres even for discus and shotput, respectively.

Hanes graduated Summa Cum Laude from McMaster’s Health Sciences program in 2017, with a specialization Biomedical Sciences. She works as a Research Assistant at the CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research under the supervision of Dr. Jan Willem Gorter, and received the Dr. Graham Chance Award in 2016 for her contributions to the field of child health.

Of her experience Hanes said, “It was such an amazing experience to participate in an integrated, multi-sport, national event like Canada Summer Games. It was so nice and reassuring to know no matter how I finished in the events I had the support of the McMaster, CanChild, Cruisers and Hamilton communities behind me!”.

Hanes will enter the MD Program at the University of Ottawa School of Medicine this September.

Read more about other McMaster participants at the Summer Games and their results.

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