Alexandra “Sandy” (Stirling) Bishop ’49

Kings County native Sandy Bishop was an all-round athlete who entered Acadia in the fall of 1945 and starred on Acadia’s Varsity field hockey and basketball teams of the late 1940’s. These teams captured several provincial intercollegiate championships in both sports and a Maritime championship in basketball.

Being an outstanding defensive performer on successive intercollegiate-winning basketball teams, Sandy was also an offensive standout in field hockey, helping immensely in making the game a very popular one on campus.

By the fall of 1946, field hockey had become the season’s most played athletic event for the female athletes and they responded with winning performances. Highlighting their season was a 6-5 total-goal series win over Dalhousie. In her senior year she was a key performer in the team’s provincial intercollegiate championship win over Dalhousie, sharing the spotlight with her teammates.

In her rookie season Sandy and sharp-shooting teammates combined to win the Nova Scotia intercollegiate title under the guidance of coach, Norma Burgess.

In her next season, Sandy and her equally competent defensive teammates won over Dalhousie and captured another provincial title. Unfortunately, in tri-provincial play, the Mary Dakin – coached team bowed to UNB, dropping 11-9 and 26-16 decisions.

During the 1947-48 season under the coaching expertise of Margaret Mackinnon, the Acadia team won another Nova Scotia intercollegiate championship, but later lost a heartbreaking 48-46 series to Mt. Allison.

During her senior year, Sandy and teammates were the Maritime intercollegiate champs by posting series victories over Dalhousie and Mt. Allison.

What a pleasure it is to welcome for induction into Acadia’s Sports Hall of Fame, Sandy Bishop, an outstanding contributor to the field hockey and basketball championship teams of the late 1940’s.