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Two-time Olympian Kia Nurse honoured with 2023 Legacy Athlete Award

TORONTO (September 24, 2023) – Senior Women's National Team member and WNBA superstar Kia Nurse received the 2023 Legacy Athlete Award on Sunday night at the 2023 Legacy Awards.

Nurse was recognized alongside 2023 Legacy Award honourees Jully Black, LU KALA, Julien Christian Lutz (pka Director X), and Tonya Williams.

Kia Nurse – 2023 Legacy Athlete Award

For her awe-inspiring skills, versatility, and resilience on the court, and for her exceptional integrity, values, and character, Kia Nurse will receive the 2023 Legacy Athlete Award.

Kia Nurse represented Canada at the Olympic Games in 2016 and 2020, is a Pan American Games Gold Medallist, a two-time FIBA Women's AmeriCup Gold Medallist, a WNBA All Star starter, a two-time WNBL Champion, and the 2020 WNBL MVP. She remains a staple of the Canadian National Women's program, having made her first appearance at age 16. Off the court, Nurse provides basketball analysis for TSN and founded the Kia Nurse Elite and the Kia Nurse Academy which provide basketball opportunities to young women. She's a vocal advocate for women's sports and marginalized communities. Nurse currently plays for the Seattle Storm, and is from Hamilton, Ontario.

The Legacy Awards is executive produced by Shamier Anderson and Stephan James of The Black Academy and Bay Mills Studios. John Brunton, Lindsay Cox, and Shannon Farr are the executive producers for Insight Productions (a Boat Rocker company). Jordan Rudder is the producer/talent producer and André Williamson is the line producer. Daniel Abrams also serves as EP. For CBC, Sally Catto is General Manager, Entertainment, Factual & Sports; Jennifer Dettman is Executive Director, Unscripted Content; and Nic Meloney is Executive in Charge of Production, Unscripted Content.  The 2023 edition of The Legacy Awards marks the second of an exclusive three-year partnership with CBC. The Black Academy, Insight Productions, and CBC are committed to hiring Black senior staff and crew members for The Legacy Awards.

With files from CBC