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Prest, Ashley


When Ashley Prest was hired by the Winnipeg Free Press as a sports writer in 1987, just three months out of university, she thought she was being fired every day.

During her first week, she received a pink slip in her office mail slot regularly.

It turned out that was how then-sports editor Hal "Siggy" Sigurdson provided feedback in those days — a typewritten note on a piece of pink memo paper.

A pink slip was always a good thing for Ashley and sports writing was as well.

Ashley covered every professional sport played in Manitoba, including football, hockey, baseball, basketball and soccer, as well as a wide variety of amateur sports. Sports writing took Ashley around Canada and the U.S., to South America and Europe, as well as across Manitoba.

In March 2013 after 25 years as a sportswriter, Ashley embarked on a new adventure as a writer in the news department. Her goal is to convince her editors that her beat should be writing about Christmas all year round -- but so far, there's been limited interest in that regard. Until then, Ashley will work the general assignment beat and enjoy the new challenges that each day brings.

Born in Yorkton, Sask., Ashley grew up in small towns in Saskatchewan. Although she moved to Alberta, where she graduated from Paul Kane High School in St. Albert, she returned to Saskatchewan to complete a degree in journalism and communications from the University of Regina.

She married a goalie whom she never saw play and is the proud mom of two.

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