From 1991 until 1994, Dr. Kathie McNally was a strong player for Panthers Field Hockey ― on and off the field. During that time she earned national recognition, both academically and athletically. Kathie embodied the true meaning of a well-rounded athlete.
Kathie’s versatility was a definite asset to the team. In her first year, near season’s end, Coach Florrie Bradley moved Kathie from fullback to halfback. She adjusted with no problem ― due in part to how well she saw the game. During her career she earned two second-team CIAU All-Canadian All-Star awards (1992–93 and 1993–94) and two AUS All-Star awards.
Kathie topped off her last year at UPEI by winning the 1994 UPEI Female Athlete of the Year and AUAA Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year. In recognition of these achievements, Sports Illustrated included Kathie in their feature, “Faces in the Crowd.” As a true leader of girls and women in sport, Kathie helped get the message out to young female athletes by being a guest speaker at the Canada Games Athlete Rally and at the Charlottetown Rural Athletic Awards Banquet.
Kathie was a multi-sport athlete. She competed in two Canada Games: in field hockey in 1993 and softball in 1989. Kathie also coached softball and ringette.
In 1993–94, Kathie was named to the Top 8 Academic All-Canadians. This honour is held by only three other Panthers: Katherine Ellis, Tracey MacGee, and Chris Diamond. That same year Kathie won the James Bayer Scholarship, the second of three Panthers to claim this prize; the others were Heather Morrison for Field Hockey in 1994, and Chris Diamond for Soccer in 1997.
After graduating from UPEI, Kathie continued her education at Dalhousie University, where she received her medical degree. At Dal, she was active with the intramurals programs and volunteered on numerous committees. From there she did her residency at the University of Ottawa and again was very involved with a wide variety of teams and organizations.
After spending four years in Ontario, Dr. McNally returned to PEI in 2004, and now has her own family practice at the Charlottetown Polyclinic. She lives in Winsloe with her family.