Ann Mosher – 1961

…for stardom in field hockey, volleyball and basketball, was named Acadia’s Athlete of the Year.

Yarmouth High School product Ann Mosher, an Acadia graduate of 1961, certainly must rank as one of the University’s finest ever multi-sport female athletes, being an outstanding varsity performer in field hockey, volleyball, and basketball. In fact, when the opportunities for playing time were available, she was equally as skilful in such sports as softball, soccer, swimming, and track and field.

Articles written concerning Ann’s exciting contributions to Axette teams of the late fifties and early sixties may best indicate her place in Acadia’s sports history. For example, in field hockey it was written:

“The ’60 campaign began with a 1-0 victory over Middleton High School with Ann Mosher , centre forward, registering the lone marker.”

“In a 3-0 win over King’s, Mosher scored twice. In another 3-0 triumph over the same team, Jeanne Fraser, Diane Whalen, and Mosher each tallied once. ”

Of her exploits in volleyball, it was recorded:

“In the 1958-59 season Dalhousie ended Mt. Allison’s four-year reign as tri-province champs, with the Axettes

coming in second. In fact, the Muriel Newcombe-captained team lost by a single point in the championship game. Noteworthy in this tournament was the selection by the Halifax Chronicle-Herald of Acadia’s Ann Mosher as the ‘outstanding player’. ”

In subsequent seasons, Ann and her teammates finished closely behind strong U.N.B. teams. In the game of basketball, Ann truly shone. Of the ’58-’59 Axette season it was written:

“Even with the presence of Ann Mosher , a Yarmouth star who was destined to become one of the finest athletes ever to grace the Acadia campus, the Acadia team enjoyed but fair success.”

“The ’59-’60 Axettes, with Mosher, Whalen, McIsaac, Fader, and Fraser playing very well performed creditably but fell short in their quest of the championship.”

“The ’61-’62 Axettes, still inspired by Ann Mosher’s sterling performances, enjoyed one of their better seasons of that era. A highlight of the campaign occurred in a 31-30 victory over U.N.B. when- with the score at 30-29 for U.N.B. at the termination of regulation play -Ann stepped to the foul line and swished 2 foul shots thus ending U.N.B.’s winning streak of fifty-four games.”

At the Awards’ Banquet that spring, Ann was selected by the Athenaeum staff as Acadia’s Athlete-of-the- Year -representing the first time that the award was presented.

It indeed is an honour to welcome back to Acadia for induction to the Sports Hall of Fame, this very versatile athlete, Ann Mosher.