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Dr. Watt to be Inducted into the Inaugural Class of the Section VI Hall of Fame
Stacey Watt, MD, Program Director, Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship & Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, University at Buffalo, will be recognized for her athletic achievements when she is inducted into the inaugural class of the Section VI Hall of Fame on November 7, 2014.
Dr. Watt, a high school discus-throwing star, has already been recognized by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Hall of Fame for her for outstanding achievement and contribution to the quality of high school athletics. Now her accolades are being brought closer to home by Section VI, the section of NYSPHSAA that governs the Buffalo-Niagara region.
Dr. Watt is the former New York State champion for both discus and shot put, setting records that still stand today. In 1992, her success in the discus circle earned her the number one ranking in the United States for high school athletes in discus. In addition, she was two-time USA indoor scholastic throwing champion and Gatorade Circle of Champions State Winner/Player of the Year.
Success in high school athletics paved way for an equally successful collegiate career. After receiving a full athletic scholarship to the University of Florida, Dr. Watt was named a two time NCAA All-American in discus and placed in the U.S. Olympic festival and Pan-American Games.
Dr. Watt’s induction into the Section VI Hall of Fame proves that her athletic legacy remains strong. She is aware of the significance of being in the inaugural class. "I am honored to receive this award," she explains. "It is nice to know my accomplishments although faded are not forgotten."
Athletics remain important to her today. After her competitive career ended, Dr. Watt used her knowledge and skills to coach other young athletes across Western New York. "Being an athlete is something you never ‘retire’ from," she says. "It stays with you for the rest of your life."
The eight-member inaugural class of the Section VI Hall of Fame will be inducted at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Friday, November 7, during that evening’s high school football games.