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tanya tygesen
2010 Women's Athletic Alumnae Elfrida Berzins Award Recipient

Western was the only university Tanya Tygesen wanted to attend. And she made the most of her Western experience.

Staying for six years and graduating with a degree in anthropology and a Certificat de Français Pratique, Tygesen worked in the Registrar’s Office for three years while also garnering many awards and accolades for her accomplishments on the Mustang Varsity Fencing and national teams as an athlete and coach.

“My professors, courses and student life all impacted my life today,” Tygesen says. “From preparing my mind with information on subjects I had never before studied to taking a personal interest in my accomplishments outside the classroom. The people and events from my Western days are still fond memories for me that I will have for a lifetime.”

After Western, Tygesen continued competing as member of the world cup team until 1997, winning gold at the Commonwealth Championships; posting the best ever-Canadian result at a Women’s Epee world cup; and was an Olympic team candidate in 1996.

In 2001, Tygesen hit Hollywood as actress Tia Carrerre’s fencing stunt double on the set of “Relic Hunter,” and continues to be still involved in numerous sports today including tennis, skiing, beach volleyball and golf.

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