CLASS OF 2014
HEIDI BLACKWELL ‘80
During her years at Lyons Central School, Heidi Blackwell participated in five different sports. She was a member of the first Cross-County team at Lyons Central School in 7th grade and a member of the polar bear/indoor track team in 1979 and 1980. Heidi was on the Varsity track team in grades 9-12 and was co-captain her senior year. She was a member of the 1979 track team that went 11-0 and was invitational and sectional champions. She came in 1st place in both the Wayne County Championships and Sectional Qualifiers for the Mile Walk in 1979 and 1980. Heidi won the Section V, Class C Championship Mile Walk in 1979. She was also a member of the Mile Relay team that set a school record at 4:35.3.
Heidi played right half-back for the Varsity Soccer team all four years in high school. She was co-captain her senior year. She played Varsity volleyball grades 10-12 and was co-captain her senior year. She was the leading server in 1979 and 1980 and the 1980 volleyball team placed 1st in the county tournament. Heidi ended her high school career by being named Female Athlete of the Year in 1980.
After college, Heidi moved to Albany and resumed her love of running by participating in 5K races around New York State. She also fell in love with endurance cycling events-raising money for the Tour de Cure, the American Heart Association, and the American Cancer Society. Her love of health and fitness eventually led to a full time career as a Personal Trainer/Group Fitness Instructor, a position she held for over 10 years. Today she divides her time between running, cycling, and kayaking and is currently training for her first half marathon in October. Heidi has worked for 13 years with the Department of Graduate Medical Education at Albany Medical Center, the last four years as its Assistant Director. She recently obtained her B.S. in Health Science/Health Education from Excelsior College, graduating with High Honors. She has a daughter who lives in Wyoming and a son who lives at home.