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Bisons athletic director embraces challenge, claims post on FISU executive committee

November 19, 2015 — 

Reported in UM Today earlier this week, Colleen Dufresne, Bison athletic director, has been named as an assessor on the Executive Committee of the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The FISU is a 170-nation body that oversees the major competitions of university sport.

Winnipeg Free Press writer Tim Campbell also reported on the honour:

“I’ve always wanted things to be better and it’s always been my goal to do what I could to help build things,” Dufresne said Wednesday in her athletic director’s office on the U of M campus. “Ultimately, we want the experience for the student athlete to be the best it can be. That’s what we’re all here for.”

In charge of Bisons athletics since 2001 — promoted after a celebrated career as a basketball player and coach — Dufresne successfully navigated the process to the FISU post, and was elected as an assessor at the Nov. 8 meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland.

She joins the group of 23 members as one of 15 assessors after a concentrated push by Canadian Interuniversity Sport to seek a place at the international table.

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