Women's Hoops Players To Be Presented Governor's Lifesaving Award

Sept. 16, 2003

SEATTLE - Washington women's basketball players Nicole Castro, Gioconda Mendiola, Giuliana Mendiola, Loree Payne and Erica Schelly have been selected to receive the Governor's Lifesaving Award. The awards will be presented by Governor Gary Locke at the opening session of the Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Conference, Wed., Sept. 17, at 9:30 a.m. at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle.

The Husky student-athletes are among 27 people honored this year for their heroic actions. Lifesaving awards honor individuals who use their first aid training and hands-on actions to save someone's life.

Castro, Payne, Schelly and the Mendiola sisters came to the aid of teammate Kayla Burt when she collapsed at her home on New Year's Eve 2002. The Huskies administered CPR to Burt, who had suffered cardiac arrest, until paramedics arrived on the scene. Burt was later diagnosed with a rare inherited heart condition called Long Q-T Syndrome.

The annual two-day conference is co-sponsored by the Governor, the Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board and the Washington Department of Labor and Industries.

For media information contact Jim Knutsen at 360-902-5402 or knuj235@lni.wa.gov.

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