Goldhawk Among Players Continuing Fight Against Alleged Mental And Verbal Abuse By Windsor Coach

Highgate hockey player Meredith Goldhawk was among a group of Windsor Lancers women’s hockey players who recently filed claims of mental and verbal abuse against their University head coach, Deanna Iwanicka.

Complaints were brought to several within the Kinesiology faculty at Windsor, and an investigation was launched by Marilee Marcotte, a workplace investigator employed by the University of Windsor.

After the internal investigation, the school’s Dean of Human Kinetics, Michael Khan, sent a letter to the four players who filed the complaint, stating that their allegations of mental and verbal abuse by coach Deanna Iwanicka had been dismissed.

Goldhawk, who was a senior with the Windsor Lancers this season, was not happy with the decision.

“Pathetic. It was very, very disappointing, it didn’t deal with the main stuff, the big stuff,” Goldhawk told the Windsor Star.

The Lancers lost the reigning OUA Player of the Year Krystin Lawrence, after she quit in October following what she called mistreatment from Iwanicka, who allegedly demeaned players and made derogatory remarks about their fitness.

Following the dismissal of their complaint, the group of players, and their families are now reportedly considering taking the issue to Ontario’s Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Goldhawk appeared in 18 games this season for Windsor, collecting a career high 6 goals and 9 points.

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