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Rachelle Halpenny   sports
Born November 9, 1950, Ironside, Quebec. Died January 10, 2012, Ottawa, Ontario. When she was 9 months old she suffered high fevers and she became severely handicapped with Cerebral Palsy. Her parents were told she would never walk nor talk. The family moved to Ottawa and Rachelle underwent numerous operations, post operative physiotherapy and speech therapy. She was totally bilingual and loved to participate in good conversation. She graduated from Algonquin College with a diploma in Recreation. She walked with crutches and later enjoyed a motorized scooter to get out and about. In 1973 she married Jim Halpenny. The doctors told her not to have children but Rachelle wanted a family and the couple had two sons. In 1976 she began to participate in handicapped games. She was often the only woman in the field competing against men.  In 1978 she participated in the 4th international Cerebral Palsy Games winning 3 gold and 2 bronze medals for Canada. At the next Games in 1982 she returned home with 2 gold, a silver and a bronze. During her sports career she participated in archery, club throw, rifle and pistol shooting, Table tennis, weight lifting, track events, sailing and soccer. In 1987 a thanks to a neighbour  Rachelle met Rick Hanson on his Man in Motion Tour. Rachelle worked  at many jobs, often of her own making. She ran a swim program for the YM /YWCA, worked with Canadian Veterans Affairs and coached at the University of Ottawa. She also served as Vice Chair for Cerebral Palsy Sports.   In 2006 at the Ottawa annual sports award dinner she received an individual award for sailing. She was an advocate for disabled accessibility to buildings and a modest pioneer for all who desired to achieve as individuals because they can.
Sources: “Life Story” by Joanne Lovett Potter, Ottawa Citizen February 2, 2013. ; “Rachelle Halpenny: A woman first, an athlete second and way at the other end of the scale, disabled” by Lyse Blanchard in Canadian Woman Studies Spring 1983; Personal friendship.   

Ivy Eastwood Granstrom Born September 28, 1911 Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. Died April 14,2004 Vancouver, British Columbia. Ivy moved with her family to British Columbia in 1917. At 12 years of age she was working at cooking, cleaning and waitressing. She began training as a nurse when her weak eyesight was noticed. She had been born with extremely limited vision which worsened in the 1950’s. She was in a car accident in the 1960’s and doctors told her she would have to live life in a wheelchair. Ivy would have none of this and she started on her own rehabilitation and was soon walking , then jogging and running. She participated in Blind Sports competitions and enjoyed herself. In the 1980’s she was competing in the Canadian Master’s Association events and entering in North American and international races. In 1982 she was British Columbia’s Sports Athlete of the year and in 1989 she was inducted into the Order of Canada.  She often set records up to 2001. She was a top world –class master (over 50 years old) runner who competed in open competitions with sighted competitors. She held 12 unchallenged world records when she retired. She earned many awards including the British Columbia Eugene Reimer Award for disabled Athletes. She was also inducted into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame. She earned the title “Queen of the Polar Bears” for her love of participating in the annual Polar Bear Dip. On January 1, 2004 at 92 years of age she took her 76th annual Polar Bear swim!
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Lisa Bertoncini

She has been on target with her sport of archery since she competed for her school, Mohawk College, Hamilton, Ontario, winning gold medals at the provincial level in both the individual and team competitions in 1977 and 1978. She was Female Athlete of the year twice and won the outstanding Dr. Mitminger Award from Mohawk College in 1978. She is also a member of The Mohawk College Sports Hall of Fame. At the Ontario Association of Archers she won four womens ladies Ontario Championship titles in 1977, 1983, 1984 and 1985. She competed at the national level for nine years and won the women’s Canadian Championship title in 1984 and 1985. Representing Canada at the World field Championships Lisa took the Women’s World Champion title in both 1984 and the World Games title in 1985. She was named to the Canadian Amateur Sports Hall of Fame in 1985. She has done some coaching at the national level of the sport since leaving the competative field..

Lucille Lessard. Born 1957. Introduced to the sport of archery by her schoolteachers she became a devoted competitor. She won her first national championship in 1974 and successfully defended her title five times. In 1974 she became the first Canadian to wing the World Field Archery Championship, she was the youngest world Champion up to this point in time.
Dorothy Lidstone.  Born August 16, 1938. She enjoyed learning her sport of archery. She excelled and became the first Canadian World Champion in Archery in 1969. Her winning score broke the previous record set in 1963 by 100 points. Dorothy has retired from competitive archery but was an active support in setting up the family archery business that included designing, developing, and manufacturing Canadian made archery equipment.
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Milaine Clouthier.  Born February 16,1972.  Her brother brought her to a badminton game when she was 9. She was told that girls couldn't beat guys.  That did it! She was hooked! She outplayed them all! By 1995 she had won a bronze medal in the Pan American Games, and in 1997 she won Pan Am gold in the doubles event.
Robbyn Hermitage Born Montreal, Quebec April 22, 1970. A badminton player of talent, Robbyn has 10 national badminton championship titles to her credit. She has twice represented Canada on teams at both the Commonwealth Games and the Pan American Games. She was also a part of team Canada at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Currently she lives in London , Ontario where she is caring for her family of two toddlers. Watch for her in the future on the courts though, for she intends to get re-involved once again in the sport that has given her so much!.
Denyse Julien. Born June 22, 1960.  Her passion is badminton. She has been enthusiastic about her sport since she was 12 years old.  She represented Canada on the Olympic team in 1992 and 1996.  She was National singles Champion in 1993, Badminton's Athlete of the year in 1995 when she won 3 gold medals in the Pan American games.  She has held several Canadian National title over the years but feels her biggest accomplishment is still being enthusiastic about her sport. 
Marjory Shedd. Born March 17, 1926. Marjory won her first Canadian Badminton Championship in 1953. In total she has won 6 national singles titles, 5 mixed and 14 ladies doubles titles. She also excels in volleyball and basketball. She flexed her coaching skills when she was coach to the University of Toronto volleyball team. 
Dorothy Louise Walton. (née McKenzie) Born Swift Current, Saskatchewan  August 7, 1909. Died October 17, 1981.  Prior to 1932 she was a top ranked tennis player in Canada. After 1932 she switched to Badminton and became one of Canada’s best. After conquering the provincial and national titles in Canada she captured the All-England title that is equivalent to the world amateur championship. In 1950 she was voted one of the top 6 women athletes in Canada in the Canadian Press Poll. She is a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. In the 1950's she was a well known member of the Consumers Association of Canada.
Margaret Eileen Stuart Underhill

née George. Born April 1, 1889, Moosomin, Saskatchewan. Died July 31, 1988, Vancouver, British Columbia She moved to Vancouver in 1910.  She dominated her sport of badminton from 1927-36. With her husband, Jack Underhill (1902 – 1974) she won National Doubles Championship for three consecutive years. They were five times B.C. mixed doubles champions 1928-31, 1935. The couple were the first husband-and-wife team in the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame in 1970.Sources: British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame: Vancouver Hall of Fame online (accessed November 2012)

Jane Marie Youngberg Born Alysbury, England. December 25, 1948.She studied for her Bachelor of Education at the University of British Columbia and followed her heart to become a teacher. As a teen she loved badminton and at 15, with her partner Sue Latournier won the 1965 Doubles title. In 1967-8 she and Barbara Nash won the Canadian Ladies Junior Doubles championship.  And she and Barb Welsh took Canadian Ladies open and closed doubles championships in 1974 & 1975. On the international scene there were wins at the Canadian Uber Cup, Jakarta Indonesia 1972, 1975 and won at the Commonwealth Games , the all-England singles in 1977.  She continues to love teaching. She and her husband Ed spent three months in 2005 in Africa with the African Canadian Continuing Education Society ( acceskenya.org) training staff to better education of children of Kenya.
Baseball  
Flora Velma Abbott Born May 29, 1929 (sometimes reported as 1924) Regina, Saskatchewan. Died January 1, 1987, Regina, Saskatchewan. Velma enjoyed playing baseball and played in California, U.S.A. with the Alameda Girls when the team twice won the “World Championships” in amateur softball. She was scouted for the All American Girls Professional Baseball League in 1946. She played various positions for several teams, the Fort Wayne Daises, the Kenosha Comets, the Peoria Redwings and the Rockford Peaches. The women in the AAGPBL wore one piece short skirted uniforms with knee socks, baseball shoes and caps. They played a grueling schedule to keep baseball going while the men served during World War ll. In 1988 the AAGPBL was included in the Cooperstown National Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1992, director, Penny Marshal told their story in the film A League of Their Own. In 1998 the AAGPBL Canadian members were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. Source AAGPBL Online (Accessed February 2014)
Mary "Bonnie" Baker

née Mary Geraldine George. Born 1919 (?) died December 2003. As a youth she enjoyed sports. In the Second World War with many of the American Professional Baseball players serving at the front lines, Wrigley of the famous chewing Gum company came up with the idea of having a girls league in baseball to fill the stadiums with fans. “Bonnie” was soon scouted for the All American Girls Baseball League. A popular player with the press she appeared on the TV Show What’s My Line and was photographed for Life magazine. The press dubbed her “Pretty Bonnie Baker”. In 1950 she was with the Kalamazoo Lassies as the first player/manager  in the League. In 1951 she took off the season to give birth to her daughter, Maureen. She returned to the sport in 1952 but soon retired to spend more time with her family. The League itself folded in 1954. She returned home to Regina and continued to play softball and helped take the local team to the 1953 Ladies World Softball Championships in Toronto. She became involved in the Wheat City Curling Club where she would become club manager. In 1964-1965 she became the first female sports caster on CKRM Radio in Regina. Mourners at her funeral celebrated her life and career by singing “Take me out to the ball game.”! Suggested sources: Baker, Mary “Bonnie” City of Regina: 2008. www.Regina.ca (Accessed September 2008) ; All American Girls Baseball League online.

Mary Doris "Dodie" Barr Born August 26,1921 Starbuck, Manitoba. Died July 12, 2009 Winnipeg, Manitoba., she started her baseball career in 1937 when she was discovered by scouts while playing catch with her sister. This led to positions as a powerful, left-handed pitcher with the Winnipeg Ramblers (1938-1939) and the Regina Army and Navy Bombers (1940-1942). She went on to a nine-year career with six teams in the American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGBL), from 1943 to 1950. She was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame ,Cooperstown, New York, U.S.A., the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, and the Manitoba Softball Hall of Fame. She retired in 1950 and became an accountant at Grace Hospital in Winnipeg, later working in the accounting department at the Health Sciences Centre.  Sources:  “Baseball pitcher captivated league while men fought war” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 July 2009; Memorable Manitobans, Profile by Gordon Goldsborough (Accessed December 2011).
Christine Beckett (née Jewett) Born August 3, 1926, Regina Saskatchewan. She played softball with the Regina Army and Navy Bombers when she was scouted for the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. In 1948 she played with the Kenosha Comets and the Peoria Redwings, with whom she remained for the following season. The women in the AAGPBL wore one piece short skirted uniforms with knee socks, baseball shoes and caps. They played a grueling schedule to keep baseball going while the men served during World War ll. November 5, 1988 the AAGPBL was included in the Cooperstown National Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1992, director, Penny Marshal told their story in the film A League of Their Own. In 1998 the AAGPBL Canadian members were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. Sources:  AAGPBL Online (Accessed February 2014)
Catherine Bennett Born September 4, 1920, Regina Saskatchewan. Catherine enjoyed playing baseball and was scouted for the All American Girls Baseball League in 1942. She played with the Kenosha Comets in 1943 and in 1944 for the South Bend Blue Sox. The AAGPBL women were coached on and off the ball field. Charm school was a part of spring training camp. They wore a one piece short skirted uniform with knee socks, baseball shoes and caps during a grueling playing schedule. In 1988 the AAGBL was inducted into the Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1992, director, Penny Marshall, told their story in the film A league of Their Own. In 1998 the women were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. Source: AAGPBL online (Accessed February 2014)
Helen Callaghan Married names 1. Candaele 2. St Aubin. Born Vancouver, British Columbia March 13, 1923. Died Santa Barbara, California, U.S.A. December 8, 1992. Coming from an avid and supportive sports loving family she left home to join the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. Within a few months her concerned father sent her older sister Margaret to join the league and look after the younger Helen. The girls played successfully in the league for several years from 1944. The left handed out fielder did not play in 1947 due to illness but returned after a marriage and the birth of a child to play in 1948 retiring in 1949. The original “boys of summer” had left the playing fields to join the fighting in World War ll were now coming home and reclaiming the baseball fans back to the all male games. The sisters never spoke of their life on the road with the league with family. However when son Kelly found his aunt’s old scrapbook he used it to produce a Public Broadcasting Service documentary on the girls. Hollywood director Penny Marshall was taken with the documentary and the well-known movie A League of Their Own was released in 1992. In 1998 all 64 Canadian Women who had played in the All American League Girl’s Baseball League were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. Helen’s Grandson Casey Candaele has played for the Montreal Expos, the Houston Astros and Cleveland Indians. Sources: British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame website (Accessed May 2009)  ; W. C. Madden; The women of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League: a Biographical Dictionary , McFarland & Co., 2005 .
Margaret Callaghan Married name Maxwell. Born Vancouver, British Columbia December 23, 1921.  A youngster whose family embraced sports and who enjoyed track and field, file hockey, lacrosse, basketball but mainly baseball. Her younger sister joined the women’s baseball league and Margaret’s father asked her to join the All American League Girls Professional Baseball league to look after her sister. Margaret would play seven seasons in the popular “girl’s league” a welcome addition to the Minneapolis Millerettes, the Fort Wayne Daisies, the South Bend Blue Sox, the Peoria Redwings and in 1951 the Battle Creek Belles. Girls baseball took on popularity when the “Boys of summer” went off to fight in World War ll. Once the men returned from war the girl’s teams were not as popular and not needed to entertain the home fields. Returning home to regular life the two sisters never talked much about their life on the road for baseball. An old scrapbook aroused interest of a nephew and a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) documentary by  Margaret’s nephew Kelly Candaele caught the eye of movie director Penny Marshall. Margaret and Helen’s story became the base for the well known Hollywood movie A league of their own, 1992. In June 1988 64 Canadian women who played in the All American League Girls Professional Baseball were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. Sources: Famous, should be famous, and Infamous Canadians http://wwwfamouscanadian.net/name/c/callgh... (accessed May 2011.) : W. C. Madden ; The women of the All American League: a Biographical Dictionary. (Mcfarland & Co., 2005. : British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame website (Accessed may 2009)
Eleanor Callow Born August 8, 1927, Winnipeg Manitoba. “Squirt” was scouted by the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. She played for the Peoria Redwings and in 1948 the Chicago Colleens before being traded to the Rockford Peaches for whom she played until the League folded in 1954. The women in the AAGPBL wore one piece short skirted uniforms with knee socks, baseball shoes and caps. They played a grueling schedule to keep baseball going while the men served during World War ll. With demise of the AAGPBL Eleanor returned home to Saskatchewan where she played for the Saskatoon Hub City Ramblers ladies softball team. In 1955 the team won the Western Canadian Senior Women’s Championships. November 5, 1988 the AAGPBL was included in the Cooperstown National Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1992, director, Penny Marshal told their story in the film A League of Their Own. In 1998 the AAGPBL Canadian members were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Manitoba women were inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame. Sources: AAGPBL Online (Accessed February 2014); “Eleanor Callow member of 1955 Canadian Championship Team. Girls of Summer; In their own league blog by Lois Browne Online (Accessed March 2014)
Muriel Eleanor Coben Born February 17, 1921, Gelert, Ontario. Her family relocated to Tessier Saskatchewan when she was young. She began a career in baseball in 1936 by pitching as a member of the winning Tessier Millionaires. From 1938 through 1942 she played for the Saskatoon Pats. She was scouted for the newly formed All American Girls Professional Baseball  League and in 1943 she played with the South Bend Blue Sox and the Rockford Peaches.  The women in the AAGPBL wore one piece short skirted uniforms with knee socks, baseball shoes and caps. They played a grueling schedule to keep baseball going while the men served during World War ll.Howevershe found it difficult to play the different League rules and in 1944 she returned to play for the Saskatoon Pats. In 1946 she was playing for the Saskatoon Grey Cab Ramblers where she stayed until 1950. In 1946, 1947, and 1948 the team was provincial Champions and in 1946 and 1947 they also won the Western Canadian Championships. In 1950 she moved to Edmonton, Alberta and joined Mortons Ball Club which won the Canadian Championships in 1952. She returned to the Ramblers in Saskatoon for her last season. Muriel then took up curling and was a member of the 1960 National Championship team. In 1979 she was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame as an individual athlete. In 1986 she was inducted into the Hall of Fame for her efforts in softball. November 5, 1988 the AAGPBL was included in the Cooperstown, New York, U.S.A.  National Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1992, director, Penny Marshal told their story in the film A League of Their Own. In 1998 the AAGPBL Canadian members were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.  Sources: AAGPBL Online (Accessed February 2014)
Dorothy Cook Born St. Catharines, Ontario (?) Dorothy enjoyed playing baseball in the St Catharines Ladies Softball League. In 1939 she played with the Monarch Knit team who were the St. Catharines are Industrial Champions. In 1940 she played for the Lightning Fastener Zippers. She was scouted by the All American Girls Professional Baseball League where in 1946 she played with the Fort Wayne Daisies and the Rockford Peaches. The women in the AAGPBL wore one piece short skirted uniforms with knee socks, baseball shoes and caps. They played a grueling schedule to keep baseball going while the men served during World War ll. Ladies baseball leagues faded out by 1953 in the U.S.A., after all the “boys of summer” were back on the playing field. November 5, 1988 the AAGPBL was included in the Cooperstown National Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1992, director, Penny Marshal told their story in the film A League of Their Own. June 4,1998 the AAGPBL Canadian members were inducted as honourary into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.  Sources: AAGPBL Online (Accessed February 2014): Special thanks to the St. Catharines Public Library Special Collections Sandra Enskat who searched "Ladies Softball League, St. Catharines, 1919 - 1960" by Marg Schram and Maggie Likavec and "Extra Innings: Ladies Softball League, St. Catharines, 1919 - 1960" by Maggie Likavec.
Penny Martineuk Cooke (née O’Brian) Born August 16, 1919, Smoky Lake, Alberta. Died April 29, 2010. In 1944 she married Earl Cooke, (-  1969) who was serving in the Canadian Navy at the time. The couple would have three children. When she was scouted to play baseball by the All American Girls Professional Baseball League she decided the high pay that was being offered was worth it. In 1945 she played with the Fort Wayne Daisies. That season she stole 43 bases in 83 games.  The women in the AAGPBL wore one piece short skirted uniforms with knee socks, baseball shoes and caps. They played a grueling schedule to keep baseball going while the men served during World War ll. In 1988 the AAGPBL was included in the Cooperstown National Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1992, director, Penny Marshal told their story in the film A League of Their Own. In 1998 the AAGPBL Canadian members were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.  In 1981 she moved from Alberta to British Columbia to be closer to her children. Source: Obituary, The Vancouver Sun, May 8, 2010. ; ; AAGPBL Online (Accessed February 2014)
Audrey Hines Daniels

(née Haines) Born May 9, 1927, Winnipeg, Manitoba. At 16 she was playing baseball with the St. Anthony Brown Bombers in the Winnipeg Catholic League and then the St. Vital Tigerettes of the Greater Winnipeg Senior Girls Softball League. She was scouted by the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. Since her family was poor she no doubt partially lured to the AAGPBL by the hefty $50.00 plus a week paycheck. The women in the AAGPBL wore one piece short skirted uniforms with knee socks, baseball shoes and caps. They played a grueling schedule to keep baseball going while the men served during World War ll. “Audi” of “Dimples” as she was sometimes called, was pitcher in 1944 for the Minneapolis Millerettes and 1945 she pitched for Fort Wayne Daisies. In 1946 she was with the Grand Rapids Chicks and in 1947 the Peoria Redwings. She left to marry Austin “Bud” Daniels in 1948 but was back again in 1951 with the Rockford Peaches. When she retired from the game she and Bud settled in Ohio and raised their 6 children. She also helped to start and run the family business. November 5,1988 the AAGPBL was included in the Cooperstown, New York, National Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1992, director, Penny Marshal told their story in the film A League of Their Own. In 1998 the AAGPBL Canadian members were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. Also in 1998 the Canadian Women from Manitoba were inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.  Source: AAGPBL Online (Accessed : February 2014) : “Ballplayer Audrey Daniels of Bay Village traveled from Canada for women’s league…” by Jeff Piorowski, Sun News, October 15, 2010.

Gladys Davis Born September 1, 1919, Toronto, Ontario. She enjoyed playing baseball and was scouted by the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. While she played in the League she had the nickname “Terrie” of “Terry”. She stared her AAGPBL career playing with the Rockford Peaches and in 1943 was the 1st batting champion of the league with an average .332. That year she was on the All Star Team.  In 1944 she played with the Milwaukee chicks, and in 1946 she was with the Muskegon Lassies. The women in the AAGPBL wore one piece short skirted uniforms with knee socks, baseball shoes and caps. They played a grueling schedule to keep baseball going while the men served during World War ll. In 1988 the AAGPBL was included in the Cooperstown National Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1992, director, Penny Marshal told their story in the film A League of Their Own. In 1998 the AAGPBL Canadian members were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.  When she returned home to Toronto after retiring from the League,  she owned and worked in her own interior decorating business. Source: AAGPBL Online (Accessed February 2014)
Marguerite Davis (née Jones) Born November 3, 1917, Regina, Saskatchewan. Died May 9,1995. She enjoyed playing sports and was scouted by the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. She played part of the 1944 season with the Minneapolis Millerettes and the last part of that season with the Rockford Peaches.  The women in the AAGPBL wore one piece short skirted uniforms with knee socks, baseball shoes and caps. They played a grueling schedule to keep baseball going while the men served during World War ll. In 1945 she returned home and married Gordon Davis. The couple had 4 children. Marg continued to play softball in Regina for several years. before the family moved to Moose Jaw in 1958. In 1988 the AAGPBL was included in the Cooperstown National Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1992, director, Penny Marshal told their story in the film A League of Their Own. In 1998 the AAGPBL Canadian members were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.  Source: AAGPBL Online (Accessed February 2014)
Lena "Lee" Delmonico (née Surkowski) Born October 26, 1925, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Died March 30, 2012, California, U.S.A. Lee enjoyed playing baseball with her sister Anne. Anne was the first of the two sisters to be scouted by the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. In 1944 she played with the South Bend Blue Sox and in 1945 she and her sister Anne played on the team together. In 1947 Lee and Anne returned home for the season for family reasons. In 1948 Lee was back in the league playing for the Fort Wayne Daisies. The women in the AAGPBL wore one piece short skirted uniforms with knee socks, baseball shoes and caps. They played a grueling schedule to keep baseball going while the men served during World War ll. In the early days of the League the women were coached off the field with lessons in Charm to make sure they would respectfully represent the AAGPBL to the press and fans. She married Alphonso Delmonico and in 1957 the couple moved to California, U.S.A. where they raised their three children. Source: AAGPBL Online (Accessed February 2014)
Anne Deyotte (née Surkowski) Born February 22, 1923, Moose Jaw , Saskatchewan. Anne and her younger sister Lena “Lee” enjoyed playing baseball. In 1945 Anne was scouted by the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. In 1945 Anne joined Lee playing with the South Bend Blue Sox. The women in the AAGPBL wore one piece short skirted uniforms with knee socks, baseball shoes and caps. They played a grueling schedule to keep baseball going while the men served during World War ll. In 1947 both  Anne and Lee returned home for family reasons and Anne remained in Saskatchewan rather than return to the AAGPBL. In 1988 the AAGPBL was included in the Cooperstown National Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1992, director, Penny Marshal told their story in the film A League of Their Own. In 1998 the AAGPBL Canadian members were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. The players from Saskatchewan were also inducted into the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame. Source: AAGPBL Online (Accessed February 2014)
Terry Donahue Born April 9, 1926 Malabol, Saskatchewan. She loved to play ball with her brothers on the family farm. She played with the local baseball team, Royals in Moose Jaw Saskatchewan. She was scouted for the All American Girls Professional Baseball league in 1945. She played with the Peoria Redwings through to 1949. In 1950 she joined the Admiral Music Maids of the National Girls Baseball League in Chicago. The women were coached on and off the field . Charm school was part of spring training camp. After the girls baseball leagues folded she worked 38 years bookkeeping for a Chicago Interior design firm retiring in 1990. The women of the league were inducted into the Cooperstown Baseball hall of Fame in 1988.  In1992 director Penny Marshall told the AAGPBL story in the movie A league of their own. In 1998 Canadian players were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. All the women who played in the League were also inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame.  In 2009 Terry and two male baseball players were Grand Marshalls of the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Source:  AAGPBL online (Accessed February 2014)
Julianna Rita Dusanko (née Sabo) Born February 22, 1922, Regina, Saskatchewan. Died August 22, 2003, Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.A. Just two months after she married airman Eugene Dusanko she was scouted for the All American Girls Baseball League. In 1944 she played with the Minneapolis Millerettes and then the Racine Bells. In 1945 she switched leagues playing for the Parichy Bloomer Girls in the National Girls Baseball League. The women in the AAGPBL wore one piece short skirted uniforms with knee socks, baseball shoes and caps. They played a grueling schedule to keep baseball going while the men served during World War ll. In 1988 the AAGPBL was included in the Cooperstown National Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1992, director, Penny Marshal told their story in the film A League of Their Own. In 1998 the AAGPBL Canadian members were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.  She returned home to Saskatchewan and played fast pitch with 2 championship teams. In 1963 the couple relocated to Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.A. The couple had one son. Source: AAGPBL Online (Accessed February 2014)
Elsie Wingrove Earl (née Wingrove) Born September 26, 1923, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Elsie enjoyed playing baseball with her brothers, her sister and their father. There always seemed to be a game on Sunday afternoon when neighbors would drop by the farm. At 9 she was playing on an adult team. In high school she enjoyed ice hockey, curling, 5 pin bowling and fastpitch softball. She worked at a bank to pay her way through school at the Saskatchewan Technical College where she played softball for the school’s team, The Pats. While playing she was seen by a scout from the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. In 1946 she played with the Grand Rapids Chicks and for awhile was loaned out to the Fort Wayne Daisies. In 1947, back in Grand Rapids, the Chicks were the League Champions. The women in the AAGPBL wore one piece short skirted uniforms with knee socks, baseball shoes and caps. They played a grueling schedule to keep baseball going while the men served during World War ll. In 1948 she returned home to marry immigration officer, Russell Earl. The couple would have two sons. She and her husband coacher Little League Baseball and junior girls fastpitch softball. In 1988 the AAGPBL was included in the Cooperstown National Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1992, director, Penny Marshal told their story in the film A League of Their Own. In 1998 the AAGPBL Canadian members were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. Source: AAGPBL Online (Accessed February 2014)
Helen Nicol  "Nikie" Fox Born May 9, 1920, Ardley, Alberta. Nikie enjoyed playing sports, all sorts of sports. She was involved in various sports competing in baseball, hockey, speed skating, and golf for more than forty years.  As a softball pitcher, she played for several teams including the Calgary Chinooks, Avenue Grill Cooks, Parkhill Vic's, Wittichens, and the Edmonton Army & Navy Pats, Walkrites, She was scouted for the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. She was pitcher for the Kenosha Comets, 1943-1947, The Rockford Peaches, 1947-1952. In 1943 she was a member of the all star team and pitcher of the year. In 1945 she married and took the surname Fox. The women in the AAGPBL wore one piece short skirted uniforms with knee socks, baseball shoes and caps. They played a grueling schedule to keep baseball going while the men served during World War ll. In 1988 the AAGPBL was included in the Cooperstown National Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1992, director, Penny Marshal told their story in the film A League of Their Own. In 1998 the AAGPBL Canadian members were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. Helen is also a member of the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame. Helen played center ice for the Calgary Avenue Grill Chinooks, who captured both the Southern Alberta Ladies' and the Banff Winter Carnival Hockey Championships. She also competed in the 1940 Banff Winter Carnival as a speed skater and won the Senior Ladies' 880 with a record setting pace of 1:39 1-5. In provincial competition, the same year, she was runner-up for the title with a total of 50 points. After moving to Arizona in 1972, Helen Nicol won several golf tournaments including the Phoenix-Motorola Open five times.  Source AAGPBL Online (Accessed February 2014) ; Alberta Sports Hall of Fame (Accessed March 2014)
Ruth Middleton Gentry (née Middleton) Born August 25, 1930, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Died May 13, 2008, Hamilton , Indiana, U.S. A. Ruth was scouted by the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. In 1950 she played for the Chicago Colleens. 1951 and 1952 she was with the Battle Creek Belles and she finished her career with the Muskegon Belles in 1953. The women in the AAGPBL wore one piece short skirted uniforms with knee socks, baseball shoes and caps. They played a grueling schedule to keep baseball going while the men served during World War ll. After she left the League she settled in Indiana where she worked as bookkeeper for Yoder Ford in Garrett, Indiana. October 13, 1972 she married Jerry Gentry. November 5, 1988 the AAGPBL was included in the Cooperstown National Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1992, director, Penny Marshal told their story in the film A League of Their Own. In 1998 the AAGPBL Canadian members were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and the players born in Manitoba are also members of the Manitoba Softball Hall of Fame. Source: AAGPBL Online (Accessed February 2014) ; Obituary, Oberlin Turnbull Funeral Home, Indiana, Online (Accessed March 2014)
Olga Grant (née Middleton) Born August 25, 1930, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Died May 13, 2008, Hamilton , Indiana, U.S. A. Ruth was scouted by the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. In 1950 she played for the Chicago Colleens. 1951 and 1952 she was with the Battle Creek Belles and she finished her career with the Muskegon Belles in 1953. The women in the AAGPBL wore one piece short skirted uniforms with knee socks, baseball shoes and caps. They played a grueling schedule to keep baseball going while the men served during World War ll. After she left the League she settled in Indiana where she worked as bookkeeper for Yoder Ford in Garrett, Indiana. October 13, 1972 she married Jerry Gentry. November 5, 1988 the AAGPBL was included in the Cooperstown National Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1992, director, Penny Marshal told their story in the film A League of Their Own. In 1998 the AAGPBL Canadian members were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and the players born in Manitoba are also members of the Manitoba Softball Hall of Fame. Source: AAGPBL Online (Accessed February 2014) ; Obituary, Oberlin Turnbull Funeral Home, Indiana, Online (Accessed March 2014)
Marjorie Hanna Born Calgary, Alberta. She enjoyed playing baseball and was scouted by the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. In 1944 she played with the Kenosha Comets. The women in the AAGPBL wore one piece short skirted uniforms with knee socks, baseball shoes and caps. They played a grueling schedule to keep baseball going while the men served during World War ll. In 1988 the AAGPBL was included in the Cooperstown National Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1992, director, Penny Marshal told their story in the film A League of Their Own. In 1998 the AAGPBL Canadian members were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.  Source: AAGPBL Online (Accessed February 2014)
Agnes "Aggie / Ag" Holmes (née Zurowski) Born February 21, 1920, Edenwold, Saskatchewan. Died June 25, 2013, Regina, Saskatchewan. As a young woman she moved to Regina where she would find work at the Army Navy department store where she would work for 48 years before retiring in 1989. In her spare time she enjoyed playing softball and in 1944 she was a member of the Regina Bombers the city championship team. She was scouted for the All American Girls Professional Baseball League and in 1945 pitched for the Fort Wayne Daisies and Racine Bells. The women in the AAGPBL wore one piece short skirted uniforms with knee socks, baseball shoes and caps. They played a grueling schedule to keep baseball going while the men served during World War ll. She returned to Canada to play with the Edmonton Mortons from 1945 through 1952. She married Delbert Holmes and settled in Regina. In 1988 the Edmonton Mortons were inducted into the Alberta Softball Hall of Fame. In 1988 the AAGPBL was included in the Cooperstown National Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1991 she was inducted into the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1992, director, Penny Marshal told their story in the film A League of Their Own. In 1998 the AAGPBL Canadian members were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. Source: AAGPBL Online (Accessed February 2014) ; Obituary, Speers Funeral and Crematorium Services, June 25, 2013.
Thelma "Thel" Josephine Hundeby (née Grambo” Born October 28, 1923, Hagen, Saskatchewan. Died July 30, 2001, Central Butte, Saskatchewan. She played baseball with the Grey Cabs Ramblers in Saskatoon when she was scouted for the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. In 1946 she played the position of catcher with the Grand Rapids Chicks. The women in the AAGPBL wore one piece short skirted uniforms with knee socks, baseball shoes and caps. They played a grueling schedule to keep baseball going while the men served during World War ll. She returned home and on October 26, 1947 she married Robert Hundeby. The couple settled in Elbow, Saskatchewan where the couple raised their seven children.  November 5,1988 the AAGPBL was included in the Cooperstown National Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1992, director, Penny Marshal told their story in the film A League of Their Own. June 4,1998 the AAGPBL Canadian members were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. Source: AAGPBL Online (Accessed February 2014)
Dorothy Hunter Born January 28, 1916, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Died August 2005 ( various dates of her death are recorded August 9, August 17) Her dad was a soccer coach and Dottie enjoyed playing all the games like soccer, basketball and baseball with the boys. She was scouted for the All American Girls Professional League and played with Kenosha Comets and Racine Bells in 1943 before joining the Grand Rapids Chicks from 1945- 1954. She is one of the few players who played all 11 years of the League. The women in the AAGPBL wore one piece short skirted uniforms with knee socks, baseball shoes and caps. They played a grueling schedule to keep baseball going while the men served during World War ll. Dottie not only played for the team but she was also a team chaperone. Chaperones protected the morals of the players at home as well as on the road. The girls were officially forbidden to drink, gamble, violate curfew, wear shorts or slacks in public, or go out on dates alone without permission and an interview of the prospective swain. November 5, 1988 the AAGPBL was included in the Cooperstown National Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1992, director, Penny Marshal told their story in the film A League of Their Own. In 1998 the AAGPBL Canadian members were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. The women from Manitoba who played in the AAGPBL were inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 1998. . Source: AAGPBL Online (Accessed February 2014)
Daisy Juror (née Knezovich). Born October 7, 1920, Regina Saskatchewan. Died April 29, 2012. As a child she loved and excelled in sports. In 1935 she played fast ball with the Regina Caps. The team sown the Western Canada Championships in 1945 with her as all-star left field and power hitter. In order to live one had to have a paying job so she worked as a packer at the Burns Meat Company. In 1942 she married Dave Juror, foreman of the meat plant. In 1943, with men becoming involved in the impending war a four-team league of women’s baseball was formed to keep the fans interest. She refused their first offer but her sister Ruby signed on. When the league was revived and expanded in 1946 Daisy join in on the fun. This was the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, brought to modern attention through the movie a League of their own. Daisy was interviewed for the movie. She had played for the South Bend Indiana Blue Sox, the Springfield Sallies and the Fort Wayne Daisies. The teams played seven nights a week and double headers on Sundays and Holidays! Daisy returned home in 1949 and enjoyed the bowling where by the late 1950’s she was a team member of the Ladies Western Canadian Championships. She also enjoyed golf  and in 1967 was the Regina City Ladies Golf Champion. In the 1970’s she was Senior Ladies Golf Champion and a member of the five teams playing in the Canadian Championships. She has been inducted into the Saskatchewan Baseball Sports Hall of Fame, the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and as part of the AAGPBL the Baseball Sports Hall of Fame , Cooperstown, New York, U.S.A. Source: “Pro Baseball player in league of her own, went on to excel in bowling, golf” by Chris Ewing-Weisz. The Globe and Mail May 19, 2012.
Dorothy B. Fergusson Key (née Fergusson) Born Virden, Manitoba. Died May 8, 2003, Rockford, Illinois, U.S.A. “Dottie” as she was called enjoyed sports. She excelled as a young girl in the winter sport of speed skating and in summer it was softball. She would have represented Canada at the 1940 Olympic Games had the games not been cancelled due to World War ll. She was scouted by the All American Girls Professional Baseball League and in 1945 played for the Rockford Peaches. The women in the AAGPBL wore one piece short skirted uniforms with knee socks, baseball shoes and caps. They played a grueling schedule to keep baseball going while the men served during World War ll. The women were not only coached in the game but off the field as well. They women attended charm school as part of the spring training camp. Dottie married Donald Key in 1949 but would not accept his proposal until he accepted that she would continue to play for the League. Dottie averaged 46 stolen bases each year with 91 in the 1951 season alone. She was also a member of 4 League Championship teams. November 5, 1988 the AAGPBL was included in the Cooperstown, New York, U.S.A. National Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1992, director, Penny Marshal told their story in the film A League of Their Own. In 1998 the AAGPBL Canadian members were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and the Manitoba women were inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame. Source: AAGPBL Online (Accessed February 2014)
Mary Kustra (née Shastral) Born December 10, 1925, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Died May 16, 1999, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Mary enjoyed sports and was scouted by the All American Girls Professional  Baseball League. In 1944 she played for the Milwaukee Chicks. The women in the AAGPBL wore one piece short skirted uniforms with knee socks, baseball shoes and caps. They played a grueling schedule to keep baseball going while the men served during World War ll. The women were not only coached in the game but off the field as well. They women attended charm school as part of the spring training camp. After the season was over Mary returned to Winnipeg and played softball for four years. She married and the couple had one son. November 5, 1988 the AAGPBL was included in the Cooperstown, New York, U.S.A. National Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1992, director, Penny Marshal told their story in the film A League of Their Own. In 1998 the AAGPBL Canadian members were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and the Manitoba women were inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame. Source: AAGPBL Online (Accessed February 2014)
Olive Bend Little (née Bend) Born May 7, 1917 Poplar Point Manitoba. Died February 2, 1987. As a young girl she loved to play baseball with her coaching Dad. She would become the star player and pitcher of the local girl’s team. She was pitcher for the Saskatchewan Moose Jaw Royals which moved from the bottom of their league to win the Saskatchewan Championships in 1940. Returning home she taught school before marring George Little in 1942. By 1943 she had been scouted and was playing in the All American Girls Professional Baseball league where she holds the record of pitching 4 no hitter games. She retired from the AAGPBL in 1945 and returned home to coaching with her Dad. She and husband George became coaches for the Poplar Point Girls Fastball Team. Some of their team members joined the Ukrainian Athletic Club which won the 1965 Canadian Championship. In 1985 Olive was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame. She is also a member of the Softball Canada Sports Hall of Fame and the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. Starting in 1998 the Olive Little memorial Award is presented annually to the Manitoba Softball Association’s top female player. Source: Herstory The Canadian Women’s Calendar 2008 (Coteau Books, 2007) : Women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League: a Biographical Dictionary by W.C. Madden (McFarland & Co., 2005)
Mildred "Millie" Marion McAuley (née Warwick) Born October 18, 1922, Regina, Saskatchewan. Died December 9, 2006, Edmonton , Alberta. She enjoyed playing sports with her twin brother and other members of her sport active family. She played softball at school and enjoyed additional sports such as basketball, gymnastics, volleyball and speed skating. When she was 20 she was playing softball for the Regina Army Navy Bombers. In 1940 , 1941 and again in 1948 she was a member of the Ladies Softball Championship teams.  On May 17, 1943 she was in Chicago to play baseball in the All  American Girls Professional Baseball League and on July 1, 1943 after a season with the Rockford Peaches she was playing the 1st All Star Game. She returned home to Saskatchewan before relocating to Edmonton , Alberta where she played with the Edmonton Mortons and was a member of the 1951 National Championship team. In 1986 she was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame along with her brothers, Claude, a professional boxer, Grant, Richard, and William all professional hockey players. November 5, 1988 the AAGPBL was included in the Cooperstown, New York, U.S.A. National Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1991 she entered the Alberta Hall of Fame. In 1992, director, Penny Marshal told their story in the film A League of Their Own. In 1998 the AAGPBL Canadian members were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. Source: AAGPBL Online (Accessed February 2014)
Kay Helen McDaniel (née Heim) Born August 21, 1917. As a girl she always enjoyed sports. She was living in Edmonton, Alberta when she was scouted to play baseball in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. Nicknamed Heimie she played the position of catcher in 1943 and 1944 with the Kenosha Comets. The women in the AAGPBL wore one piece short skirted uniforms with knee socks, baseball shoes and caps. They played a grueling schedule to keep baseball going while the men served during World War ll. In 1988 the AAGPBL was included in the Cooperstown National Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1992, director, Penny Marshal told their story in the film A League of Their Own. In 1998 the AAGPBL Canadian members were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. Source: AAGPBL Online (Accessed February 2014)
Ruby Martz (née Knezovich) Born March 18, 1918, Regina, Saskatchewan. Died August 1, 1995. She and her family all enjoyed sports. In 1943 she was scouted for the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. In 1943 and 1944 seasons she was catcher for the Racine Belles. Her sister Daisy Junor was also scouted and played with the League from 1946 through 1949. The women in the AAGPBL wore one piece short skirted uniforms with knee socks, baseball shoes and caps. They played a grueling schedule to keep baseball going while the men served during World War ll. The women were not only coached in the game but off the field as well. They women attended charm school as part of the spring training camp. In 1988 the AAGPBL was included in the Cooperstown National Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1992, director, Penny Marshal told their story in the film A League of Their Own. In 1998 the AAGPBL Canadian members were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.   Source: AAGPBL Online (Accessed February 2014)
Kay Helen McDaniel Born August 21, 1917. “Heimie” enjoyed playing sports playing Hockey, basketball and baseball. As a young woman she worked at the local Hudson Bay Company department store earning $9.50 a week. She played baseball with the Harmy Navy Pats, a department store team when she was  scouted by the All American Girls Professional Baseball League and offered $85.00 a week to play baseball!. She would play almost all eleven years of the league’s existence. She played for the Kenosha Comets and later for the Rockford Peaches. The women in the AAGPBL wore one piece short skirted uniforms with knee socks, baseball shoes and caps. They played a grueling schedule to keep baseball going while the men served during World War ll. In 1988 the AAGPBL was included in the Cooperstown National Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1992, director, Penny Marshal told their story in the film A League of Their Own. In 1998 the AAGPBL Canadian members were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.   Kay retired to Tempe , Arizona, U.S.A. Sources: “Women ballplayers to gather for a reunion of their own” by Mike Sakal, East Valley Tribune, Arizona, U.S.A. October 13, 2011 Online (Accessed March 2014) ; AAGPBL Online (Accessed February 2014)
Anne Jane McFarlane (née Thompson) Born Edmonton, Alberta. As a girl she enjoyed playing baseball. She was scouted for the All American Girls Professional Baseball League and was pitcher for the Racine Belles in 1943. The women in the AAGPBL wore one piece short skirted uniforms with knee socks, baseball shoes and caps. They played a grueling schedule to keep baseball going while the men served during World War ll. In 1988 the AAGPBL was included in the Cooperstown National Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1992, director, Penny Marshal told their story in the film A League of Their Own. In 1998 the AAGPBL Canadian members were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.   Source: AAGPBL Online (Accessed February 2014)
Genevieve "Gene" McFaul (née George) Died March 11, 2002. Her sister Mary “Bonnie” Baker was scouted for the All American Girls Professional Baseball League and played from 1943 through 1952. Gene was scouted by the AAGPBL and played for the Muskegon Lassies. The women in the AAGPBL wore one piece short skirted uniforms with knee socks, baseball shoes and caps. They played a grueling schedule to keep baseball going while the men served during World War ll. November 5, 1988 the AAGPBL was included in the Cooperstown National Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1992, director, Penny Marshal told their story in the film A League of Their Own. In 1998 the AAGPBL Canadian members were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. Source: AAGPBL Online (Accessed February 2014)
Evelyn "Evie" Moroz (née Wawryshyn) Born November 11, 1924, Tyndall, Manitoba. The only girl in a family with three brothers she usually was included in sports with the boys. She enjoyed ice hockey in winter and track & field and baseball in the summer. In 1940 she was the North Eastern Manitoba Girls Track and Field Champion. She played fastball pitch with the Canadian Ukrainian Athletic Club Blues, who were the provincial championship tem in 1945. That year she won the Koman Trophy for most valuable player. She was scouted by the All American Girls Professional Baseball League in 1946 began playing with the Kenosha Comets before switching to the Muskegon Lassies. In 1948 she played with the Springfield Lassies and 1949 through 1951 she played with the Fort Wayne Daisies. The women in the AAGPBL wore one piece short skirted uniforms with knee socks, baseball shoes and caps. They played a grueling schedule to keep baseball going while the men served during World War ll. In her baseball off season she played ice hockey. She was the top scorer for the Senior Women’s Hockey team in Winnipeg. The team won both the Western and Eastern Canadian finals in 1950. In 1951 she married. November 5, 1988 the AAGPBL was included in the Cooperstown National Baseball Hall of Fame. June 4,1992, director, Penny Marshal told their story in the film A League of Their Own. In 1998 the AAGPBL Canadian members were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.  Evie was also inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 1992. In the Great Canadian Book of Lists, she is listed as one of the five greatest Canadian born female baseball players.  Source: AAGPBL Online (Accessed February 2014) :
Doreen "Betty" Allen Mullins (née Petryna) Born November 26, 1930, Regina Saskatchewan. Active in sports she excelled in baseball. She was scouted for the All American Girls Professional Baseball League and would play 3rd base in 1948 for the Grand Rapids Chicks. It was at one of the games that she met her husband Ron Allen. The couple had three children who were all introduced and coached in baseball by their mother. In 1949 Betty played for the Fort Wayne Daisies and in 1950 for the Muskegon Lassies. She settled in Sycamore, Illinois, U.S.A. The women in the AAGPBL wore one piece short skirted uniforms with knee socks, baseball shoes and caps. They played a grueling schedule to keep baseball going while the men served during World War ll. In 1988 the AAGPBL was included in the Cooperstown National Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1992, director, Penny Marshal told their story in the film A League of Their Own. In 1998 the AAGPBL Canadian members were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. Source: AAGPBL Online (Accessed February 2014)
Arleen Johnson Noga Born January 1, 1924, Ogema, Saskatchewan. In 1945 she was scouted for the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. In 1945 she played for the Fort Wayne Daisies and 1946through 1948 she played with the Muskegon Lassies. Back in Canada she played softball in Regina from 1949 through to 1979. During her 30 year competitive amateur career she would play on 9 provincial championship teams and 5 Western Canadian Championship teams. She was voted Most Valuable Player twice. In 1963 she married Ron Noga and the couple raised 2 children. An ardent supporter of her sport she was 12 years a member of the Board of Directors of the AAGPBL Players Association. In 1988 she was inducted into the Saskatchewan Baseball Sports Hall of Fame and in November of that year the AAGPBL was included in the Cooperstown, New York, U.S.A.  National Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1989 she was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame. In 1998/1999 Arleen served on the Saskatchewan Baseball Association. In 2004 she was inducted into the Regina Sports Hall of Fame and Saskatchewan Baseball Association recognized her as a builder of the sport. Source: AAGPBL Online (Accessed February 2014)
Vickie Panos (Panos is sometimes recorded as Pano) Born March 20, 1920, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. She enjoyed sports especially baseball. She was scouted to play with the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. In 1944 she played with both the South Bend Blue Sox and the Milwaukee Chicks. She stole 141 bases in the 115 games she played with the League. The women in the AAGPBL wore one piece short skirted uniforms with knee socks, baseball shoes and caps. They played a grueling schedule to keep baseball going while the men served during World War ll. In 1988 the AAGPBL was included in the Cooperstown National Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1992, director, Penny Marshal told their story in the film A League of Their Own. In 1998 the AAGPBL Canadian members were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. After she left the AAGPBL she played with the Chicago Bluebirds of the National Girls Baseball League. She married as World War ll airman and the couple settled in Australia. Her great Grandson (born 2000) also enjoys playing baseball.  A book, Vickie Panos was written by Lambert M. Shurhone, Jessie Russell and Ronald Cohn. Source: AAGPBL Online (Accessed February 2014) : “Players of the AAGPBL and the NGBL by Lois Browne , Girls of Summer: blog. (Accessed March 2014) ; Great grandson  enjoys playing baseball , The Cardinals on Tumblr. Accessed March 2014)
Janet Margaret Anderson Perkin (née Anderson) Born November 21, 1921, Montreal , Quebec. Died March 30, 2012, Regina , Saskatchewan. Her family moved to Bethune, Saskatchewan where Janet attended school. She began a career as a teacher when she was scouted for the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. In 1946 she was pitcher with the Kenosha Comets. The women in the AAGPBL wore one piece short skirted uniforms with knee socks, baseball shoes and caps. They played a grueling schedule to keep baseball going while the men served during World War ll. Returning home after one season with the League she worked for Allied Van lines. In 1953 she was part of the team that won the 1st Western    Canadian Curling championships. She would be a member of the provincial curling championship teams in 1953, 1959 and again in 1964. In 1954 she also enjoyed playing with the Regina Govins Softball Club. In 1988 the AAGPBL was included in the Cooperstown National Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1992, director, Penny Marshal told their story in the film A League of Their Own. In 1998 the AAGPBL Canadian members were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. She was also inducted into the Saskatchewan Curling Association Hall of Fame in 2004. In 2005 she was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame for her curling achievements. In 2008 she was inducted into the Regina Saskatchewan Sorts Hall of Fame for her softball achievements. Source: Obituary, Regina Leader Post, April, 2012. ; : AAGPBL Online (Accessed February 2014)
Lucella "Lu" Catherine Ross (née MacLean) Born January 3, 1921, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan. Died June 25, 2012. She always enjoyed sports of all kinds. She began to skate when she was four at  school she played field hockey, basketball, softball and even track and field. From 1935 through to 1942 she played softball with teams such as Lloydminster’s womens team who won the Ester Trophy from 1937 through 1940. In 1940 she joined the Saskatoon Pat’s who in 1941 won the provincial Hunking Trophy. Most players had jobs to pay for “life” and Lu worked as a telephone clerk. She was scouted for the newly formed All American Girls Professional Baseball League that offered $50.00 a week for playing ball there was only one decision to make. She played for the South Bend Blue Sox in 1943 and 1944. Back in Canada in 1945 she played with the Army Navy Pats in Edmonton, Alberta. She retuned to the U.S.A. and from 1946 through 1953 she played with the National Girls Baseball League. In 1951 she married Jesse More but in 1957 she became a widow. She married George Ross in 1960. November 5,1988 the AAGPBL was included into the Cooperstown, New York, U.S.A. National Baseball Hall of Fame. April 6, 1991 she was inducted into the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame. She is also a member of the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame. In 1998 the AAGPBL Canadian members were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.  ; AAGPBL Online (Accessed February
Helen Sandiford (née Nelson)  Born June 13, 1919, Toronto, Ontario. Died February 6, 1993. An avid sports person, Helen was scouted by the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. She played catcher for the Rockford Peaches in 1943. The women in the AAGPBL wore one piece short skirted uniforms with knee socks, baseball shoes and caps. They played a grueling schedule to keep baseball going while the men served during World War ll. In 1988 the AAGPBL was included in the Cooperstown National Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1992, director, Penny Marshal told their story in the film A League of Their Own. In 1998 the AAGPBL Canadian members were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. After leaving baseball she worked for Walgreens Drugstore where she rose to be executive secretary to the Senior Vice President of the company. Source: AAGPBL Online (Accessed February 2014)
Yolande "Yoyo" Schick (née Teillet) Born September 28, 1927,  St. Vital, Manitoba. Died January 26, 2006, Winnipeg, Manitoba. She enjoyed sports while growing up and played catcher for the St. Vital Tigerettes girls softball team. She was scouted by the All American Girls Professionals Baseball League. In 1945 she was one of the 1st Métis players in the AAGPBL.  She played first for the Fort Wayne Daisies. In 1946 she played with the Grand Rapids Chicks in 1947 with the Kenosha Comets. The women in the AAGPBL wore one piece short skirted uniforms with knee socks, baseball shoes and caps. They played a grueling schedule to keep baseball going while the men served during World War ll. She Married William Schick and became a dedicated mother to their 9 children. In 1988 the AAGPBL was included in the Cooperstown National Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1992, director, Penny Marshal told their story in the film A League of Their Own. In 1998 the AAGPBL Canadian members were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998. The women from Manitoba were also inducted into the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame. Source: AAGPBL Online (Accessed February 2014) : Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, January 2006.
June Rose Schofield Born 1926, Toronto, Ontario. Died June 24, 2002, Santa Monica, California, U.S.A. Growing up in Toronto, June excelled at baseball and although she played in her late teens with the Sunnyside Girls team called the Sunday Morning Class she much preferred to be one of the boys. She was scouted by the All American Girls Professional Baseball League for which she played for two years. In 1948 she played with the Springfield Sallies and in 1949 she played for the Muskegon Lassies and the Peoria Redwings. It would be most interesting to know how she earned her nickname “Moneybags.” The women in the AAGPBL wore one piece short skirted uniforms with knee socks, baseball shoes and caps. They played a grueling schedule to keep baseball going while the men served during World War ll. In 1988 the AAGPBL was included in the Cooperstown National Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1992, director, Penny Marshal told their story in the film A League of Their Own. In 1998 the AAGPBL Canadian members were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998. After June left baseball she settled in Santa Monica where she was married two times. Source: AAGPBL Online (Accessed February 2014) ; June Rose Schofield: Ballplayer in storied women’s League” by Valerie Hauch, The Toronto Star, July 12, 2002
Thelma Jo Walmsley Born April 13, 1918, Sudbury, Ontario. Thelma enjoyed sports in her youth, especially baseball. She was scouted by the All American Girls Professional Baseball League and played for the Racine Belles in 1946. That was the year that the belles won the League championships. The women in the AAGPBL wore one piece short skirted uniforms with knee socks, baseball shoes and caps. The players in the first years of the League were coached on and off the field when they had to attend charm school. The women played a grueling schedule to keep baseball going while the men served during World War ll. In 1988 the AAGPBL was included in the Cooperstown, New York, U.S.A. National Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1992, director, Penny Marshal told their story in the film A League of Their Own. In 1998 the AAGPBL Canadian members were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998. The Copper Cliff (Sudbury area in Ontario) keeps Thelma’s 1946 baseball jacket on display for all to see. Source: AAGPBL Online (Accessed February 2014) ; Copper Cliff Museum, Online (Accessed February 2014)
Elizabeth "Betty" Ann Berthiaume Wicken (née Berthiaume) Born May 26, 1927, Regina Saskatchewan. Died April 24, 2011, Vancouver, British Columbia. Betty enjoyed playing ball and was scouted by the All American Girls Professional baseball League. She played for the Grand Rapids Chicks 1945  and in 1946 the Muskegon Lassies. The AAGPBL women were coached on and off the field. Charm school was a part of every spring training camp. The women wore one piece short skirted uniforms with knee socks, baseball shoes and caps. They played a grueling schedule to keep baseball going while the men served during World War ll. In 1988 the AAGPBL was included in the Cooperstown National Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1992, director, Penny Marshal told their story in the film A league of Their Own. In 1998 the AAGPBL Canadian members were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. When the leagues folded and Betty retired from the sport she worked in a newspaper office and as a school secretary. Source AAGPBL Online (Accessed February 2014)
Doris Witiuk (née Shero) Born May 22, 1929, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Died January 26, 2014, Spokane, Washington, U.S.A. She enjoyed sports and was scouted for the All American Girls Baseball League to play in 1950 with the Racine Belles and in 1951 with the Battle Creek Belles. Fellow players nicknamed her “baser” because of her amazing speed in rounding the bases. The women wore one piece short skirted uniforms with knee socks, baseball shoes and caps. They played a grueling schedule to keep baseball going while the men served during World War ll. In 1953 Baser married her childhood sweetheart, professional hockey player Steve Witiuk. The coulple would have 4 children. In 1962 the family relocated from Winnipoeg to Spokane, Washington, U.S.A. Doris worked as secretary treasurer for S&W Electric Inc. for 20 years.  November 5,1988 the AAGPBL was included in the Cooperstown National Baseball Hall of Fame. 1992, director, Penny Marshal told their story in the film A league of Their Own. June 4, 1998 the AAGPBL Canadian members were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. The Manitoba women who played in the League were also inducted into the Manitoba Softball Hall of Fame.  In her honour the Doris Shero Witiuk Softball Scholarship was established at Mead High School, Spokane, Washington, U.S.A. Source: Obituary, Spokesman-Review, Spokane , Washington, U.S.A. January 29, 2014.
Basketball  
Noel MacDonald Robertson

Born January 23, 1915, Mortlach, Saskatchewan. During the 1920’s she moved with her family to Edmonton Alberta. She enjoyed sports and excelled in high school basketball. After secondary school she played for 1 ½ years with the Gradettes, the developmental team for the famous Edmonton Grads Basketball team which she joined in 1933. She became captain in 1936 the year the grads won the Underwood Trophy, the top North American Basketball team award. The Grads never lost the Underwood trophy and it was given to them permanently when the trophy was retired. In 1938 the Canadian Press named Noel the Canadian Female Athlete of the Year. She retired in 1939 as Captain of the time and having played 135 games with the Grads. She was the team highest scorer of all time. When she retired she married Harry Robertson, a hockey player who became a successful petroleum exporter. The couple travelled internationally for Harry’s business. Noel would serve on the executive of the Canadian Amateur Basketball Association and would coach basketball at high schools in both Saskatchewan as well as the team at the University of Alberta. In 1971 she was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. Source: Our Story in Sport (Fitzhenry and Whiteside 2002) ; Saskatchewan Sports: Lives Past and Present. Online (Accessed February 2014) ; Canada’s Sport Hall of Fame. Online (Accessed February 2014)

Frances "Fran" Anne Wigston Eberhard Born May 28, 1935, North Bay, Ontario. Fran delighted in sports all through school. All thorough high school and University of Western Ontario she excelled in volleyball, basketball as well as track and field. In 1957 she was teaching physical Education at South Secondary School, London, Ontario, where she was the 1st woman to referee boys high school basketball in London.  She was playing with the Canadian volley ball championship teams 1966-1968 and the Canadian basketball team 1967-68. She was a coach-player with the London Grads basketball team 1964-1974. She was on the silver medal Basketball team in the 1967 Canada Winter Games, and again when the team took gold in 1971.  Soon she was working at Althouse College, University of Western Ontario training High School teachers. She coached the UWO women’s track and field team to provincial champions three times. Her 14 passenger Suburban was known as the “WigMobile”, transporting teams to numerous events. She earned $300.00 a year as full time women’s coach while the Men’s hockey team coach earned $5000.00. She fought hard for women’s team financing often using her own funds to get her teams to events. She also served on the National Advisory Council on Sports pushing for women to become involved in sports administration. In 1994 she received the Women’s Athletic Alumnae Award. It was one of many awards she would earn. In 2005 she was inducted into the London Sports Hall of Fame and in 20012 she became the first woman inducted into both women’s basketball and women’s volleyball Halls of Honour. The Fran Wigston Award is given each year in London to the outstanding female High School Athlete. Sources: Who’s Who in Canadian Sport by Bob Ferguson (Prentice Hall, 1977) ; “Fran Eberhard (Wigston)” Celebrating London’s Women’s History. London Women’s History Project. Online accessed November 2013
Ruth Wilson Born  Calgary, Alberta.  April 27, 1919. Died   2001. Her family moved to British Columbia where the youth was encouraged by her mother to play tennis. Winning the provincial doubles, mixed doubles and Pacific Northwest Doubles championships did not however keep her interest in the sport. She attended the University of British Columbia and went on to earn her Masters in education at Western Washington State College. She enjoyed varsity basketball and went on to play on 5 national championship basketball teams in the 1940”s. As a coach in the sport she founded the Eilers and the team won the 1950-51 senior “A” title. In 1967 she was the coach of the Pan Am Games Team that won Canada’s first medal, a bronze. In 1973 her Buzz Bomb team were also national title holders. In total her basketball coaching career spanned 35 years. She also enjoyed softball and played in two women’s world  series. As a golfer she played on eight Interprovincial teams and won the Canadian title four times as well as playing internationally. She has been inducted into the UBC and the British Columbia Sports halls of Fame. She is considered British Columbia’s greatest all round female athelete.
Body Building      back
Sherry Ann Boudreau Born Victoria British Columbia March 25. Growing up in Richmond, British Columbia she enjoyed being both a Brownie and a Girl Guide. Sherry Ann completed her studies in cosmetology and is also certified in aerobics and weight training. After the birth of her second child she decided to become competitive in fitness events. She has worked her way to first place in international events. In 2004 she was competing successfully in body building events at the international levels!!!  She is in the process of writing a book called : Start Today, Tomorrow Never Comes. She hopes it will inspire all who will read it. Sherry Ann loves a challenge and feels it is so much fun staying health, find and positive. If you search for her name on the internet you will find her personal web page.
Bowling     back
Cathy Townsend. Born June 8, 1937. In 1975 she was the first Canadian woman to win the Bowling Cup. During her trip to these world games her equipment and clothing were lost in transit and she had to obtain a new bowling ball and special shoes required for a left handed bowler! She is a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
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Jessica Rakoczy Born Hamilton Ontario April 14, 1977. In high school she was active in many competitive sports including hockey, baseball, soccer, track and swimming and was twice elected athlete of the year. At 20 she too up amateur boxing and went on to take the Ontario provincial bantamweight title. Her tryouts for the Canadian national team seemed prone to misfortune as a serious accident and broken bones kept her from the team. She made her professional debut on October 21, 2000 in Philadelphia, Mississippi, U.S.A. By spring 2005 she has had 20 professional fights with a 19-1 win record and holds the world lightweight championship.
Curling      back
Jan Betker

Born Regina, Saskatchewan July 19, 1960. She and her good friend Sandra Schmerler (1963-2000) enjoyed curling. In 1998 Jan was a member of Team Schmerler at the Nagano Olympics. The Team won the first gold medal for Olympic Curling. The Team also won three World Curling titles in 1993, 1994 and 1997. The women were entered into the Curling Hall of Fame in 1999 and made members of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 2000. Source: Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame online accessed July 2011.

Marilyn C. Bodough. Born March 9, 1955. A business woman who managers her own lumber yard and has owned several businesses including a funeral home and flower business. She is a well known motivational speaker. In her spare time she found time to be a member of the 1996 Canadian and World Championship Curling teams. She has also co-authored a book on the sport of curling. She is a member of the St Catherines Ontario Hall of Fame. 
Marcia Gudereit

née Schiml Born Moose jaw, Saskatchewan September 8, 1965. She enjoyed the sport of curling and in the 1990’s she joined Team Schmerler led by Sandra Schmerler (1963-200). The team would not only lead local rinks, provincial rinks and National rinks but would take three world championships in the sport in 1993, 1994 and 1997. In 1998 they would win the first gold medal ever presented for Curling in the Nagano Winter Olympic Games. The Team was inducted into the Curling Hall of Fame in 1999 and into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 2000. Marcia continued curling when Jan took over the lead of the team after the death of Sandra in 2000. Sources: Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame online accessed July 2011.

Jennifer Jones

Born Winnipeg, Manitoba July 7, 1974. As a youth she enjoyed the sport of curling. She continued in her sport while obtaining a degree as a lawyer and working as a Corporate lawyer. In 1991 she won the provincial Games Silver medal. By 1994 she was the Canadian Junior Champion. In 2002 she won the Manitoba Women’s Provincial Championships and went on to win the Canadian National Tournament of Hearts in 2002 and 2005.  In 2006 she won the inaugural World Curling Tour Players Championship. She was also busy in 2008 winning the Tournament of Hearst and once again the World Championship as skip of her team. A sports master Athelete to watch!!!  To keep up to date check out the Jennifer Jones team website.

Joan Elizabeth McCusker

née Inglis Born Yorkton, Saskatchewan June 8, 1965. In the early 1990’s she joined Sandra Schmirler (1963-2000) on the curling rink and they became one of the powerhouse teams in Canadian curling history. The Team would not only win Canadian Championships but went on to win three World Curling Championships in 1993, 1994 and 1997. In 1998 at the Nagano Olympic Winter Games they won the first Olympic Gold medal presented for the sport of Curling. Team Schmerler was the Canadian Press choice for Team of the Year. In 1999 they were inducted into the Curling Hall of Fame and the next year into the Canadian Sports Hall of fame. Joan became a commentator for the CBC events in curling. Married to Brian McCusker the couple have three children. Joan has become a motivational speaker and performance consultant and still enjoys curling. Sources:  Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame online accessed July 2011. JoanMccusker.com accessed July 2011.

Sandra Schmirler Born Biggar, Saskatchewan June 11, 1963.  Died March 2, 2000. Curling was her passion. She was a three time Canadian and World Champion.  The Schmirler team worked as a real sisterhood and dominated their sport for 6 years. As well as winning Canadian championships in their sport the Team won three World Curling championships in 1993, 1994 and 1997. In 1998 Schmirler  led her foursome, Joan McCuster, Jan Betker, Marcia Gudereit and Atina Ford  to the first ever Olympic gold medal in women's curling. She and her team are members of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and she is a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
Cycling      back
Tanya Dubincoff Born Winnipeg, Manitoba November 7, 1969. At four years of age she took the training wheels from her bicycle. She has won the Canadian National track cycling championship 16 times! She has won four gold medals at the Pan Am Games and has represented Canada in 3 Olympics. She was personally disappointed in her effort placement in Sydney's Olympics but she knew that retirement from competition was her future. In 1993 she was the first Canadian woman to win a cycling world championship and in that same year was first in World Cup standings. Tanya has since opened her own café, the Sugar Gallery Café and she has taken a position with The Olympic Oval in Calgary. She uses her communications skills and acts as a bridge between athletes and the media. What she gets most satisfaction from, however, is training young cyclists.
   
Clara Hughes. Born September 27, 1972. Clara is a dynamo on wheels. This cyclist holds 13 Canadian National titles. She as silver and bronze medals from the 1991 and 1995 Pan American Games; a silver medal from the 1994 Commonwealth Games; a silver medal from the 1995 World Championships. In the 1996 Olympics  she won 2 bronze medals which were Canada's first cycling medals in 100 years!
Linda Jackson. Born Winnipeg, Manitoba November 13, 1961. She enjoyed music as a child and studied music and theatre at the Banff School of Fine Art and after making her opera debut in 1982 transferred to the schools opera program. She launched her career at the San Francisco Opera, made her European debut in 1987and appeared at the Metropolitan Opera in 1991. She has made several recordings.
Genevieve Jeanson Born Lachine, Quebec August 29, 1981. She began an interest in cycling in 1993. In 199 she became the first Canadian to win the Junior World Championship time trial and then won the road race itself. She has over 14 top titles to her credit. In her mid twenties she has the courage and determination to continue appearing in the winners circle in the future.
Lori-Ann Munenzer Born Toronto, Ontario May 21, 1966. Although at 5’10” she is the shortest in her family it was never a drawback. It seems she was always on her bicycle. In 1987 she began Road Racing at the Toronto Cycling Club. In 1994 she embraced Veledrome Racing and became a member of the National Cycling Team. She has accumulated 13 National titles and 11 World Cup medals during her career. She has also earned medal at the Commonwealth Games in 1998 & 2002. She made her debut at the Olympics in 200. At the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004 she became the first Canadian to win a gold medal in Cycling. Selected as the Canada’s Female Athelete of the year in 2004 she was also the 2005 winner of the Lois E. Hole Lifetime Achievement Award from the YWCA. After the 2004 Games she began her own business called Pure Momentum which seeks to find and promote a community of female speakers. She has published her own biography and a documentary both called One Gear, No Breaks. Nomination and Information submitted by Wayne Mackenzie.
Diving      back
Sylvie Bernier Born Quebec City, Quebec January 31, 1964. Sylvie was the first Canadian to win a medal in Olympic Diving.  She won the gold in the 3-meter springboard diving in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. She is a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
Beverly Boys. Born July 4, 1951. For 10 years (1966-77) this diver won 34 Canadian championships in springboard and platform competition.  She holds gold medals from Commonwealth Games and was a member of three Canadian Olympic teams.  She is a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
Anne-Josée Dionne. Born October 26, 1975. A member of the Canadian National Diving Team, Anne-Josée has been 9 times National Champion (in various age groups). She has also won medals at international events.  In 1993 she earned 3 gold medals at the Canada Games.  In her spare time she enjoys photography, movies, and camping. 
Irene Margaret MacDonald. Born November 22, 1933. Brought up in an orphanage in Hamilton, Ontario she reigned as Canada’s champion diver from 1951-1961. She won medals at the 1954 and 1958 Commonwealth Games and in 1956 she won Canada’s first Olympic diving medal, a bronze. She became a dedicated administrative supporter to the Canadian Diving fraternity. She is a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, 1981, received the Order of British Columbia in 1991, was Female Athlete of the Year 1958, and won the YWCA Woman of Distinction for sport in 1998. The Irene MacDonald Fund was established for the support of children in diving.
Anne Montminy Born January 28, 1975.  A member of the national Canadian Diving Team, Anne has won 19 international medals to date.  She won the gold medal in the Junior World Championships and she is the Canadian record holder in Women's Platform Diving. 
Peggy Seller Born January 22, 1904. This Montreal athlete began her interest in sport by competing in track and hold provincial titles in javelin, broad jump and running relays. She also excelled in swimming and diving, holding the national record for the  3 meter diving championship. Perhaps her legacy is better shown in her writings of the rules  of synchronized swimming. 
Cinderella "Cindy" Shatto

Born Toronto, Ontario June 16, 1957*. Died Florida, U.S.A. October 2, 2011. Cindy always enjoyed sports. At 2 she was roller skating! She took up playing the violin but continued in aerobatics and modern dance. It was diving, however that had her heart. From the age of 9 she  had her sights on the Olympics. There were no pools with diving boards in Toronto, so she lived in a train caboose in Peterborough in order to practice diving. She followed her coach from western Canada to Quebec for her sport training. She participated and won gold at numerous winter and summer national diving events. At 15 in 1973 she represented Canada at the world’s in Yugoslavia. In 1974 she took gold at the Commonwealth games. Bev Bays and Teri York took silver and bronze at the same event. In the 1976 Olympics in Canada she placed 5th but many contended that the judging was not impartial with the Soviet Union judge supporting the gold for her home contender. Judging rules changed after this event. Cindy married Bill Weingostner and the couple raised to sons. She is considered a true pioneer in her sport setting the stage for those who followed. Sources: Who’s Who in Canadian Sport by Bob Ferguson (Prentice Hall 1977): Olympic Diver felt cheated out of medal by James Christie The Globe and Mail, October 5, 2011 page R 5 (Photograph included in article)  * Some Sources report her birthday as May 16.

Equestrian       back
Gail Greenough. Born Edmonton, Alberta July 13, 1960. She took up equestrian sports at age 11. She joined the Canadian Equestrian Team in 1983 and in 1986 became the first Canadian and first woman to win the world show jumping championships. She is a member of the Order of Canada.
Beth Underhill. Born Guelph, Ontario September5, 1962. In 1991 this equestrian jumper won a double sliver medal at the Pan American Game. She also rode for the Canadian team which won an Olympic Silver Medal at Barcelona, Spain. In 1993 she was the first woman to win the Canadian World League. Her favourite jumping horse partner was named Monopoly, with who she won over one million in prize money!!
Figure Skating      back
Patricia Kim Alletson

Born Brockville, Ontario January 30 1953. She loved to skate from when she was little. She joined the Minto Skating Club in Ottawa and after hours of hard practice she became a goad medalist in her club and in Eastern Ontario Championships. She skated on the national and international scene with the peal of her career being in the 1970’s when she was Canadian Champion in 1975 and 1976. She was a member of the Canadian Olympic Team in 1976  and she won the Skate Canada International Championships that same year. Suggested sources: Ferguson, Bob Who’s Who in Canadian Sport (Scarborough; Prentice Hall, 1977

Sandra Bezic Born Toronto, Ontario April 6, 1956. She and her brother Val loved to skate. So much so that they became involved in Canadian pairs skating. They were coached by renewed coach Ellen Burka. In 1967 they won the Canadian novice title. In 1969 they joined Canada’s international skate tem a position they showed they deserved when from 197- through 1974 they won the Canadian Seniors pairs titles. They represented Canada in the 1972 Olympics and placed a respectable 9th place. In 1973 they won the Zagreb international Skate for pairs. Then just prior to the 1976 Olympics a torn ankle ligament kept Sandra at home watching the Games. She and Val turned pro as one of the World’s pair skaters and skated in every major city in the world including Paris, New York, Paris, Moscow and Tokyo. Sandra continued her interest in skating by becoming a skate choreographer to such Canadian and international skaters as Barbara Underhill and Paul Martini, Brian Boitano and Kristi Yamaguchi and Kurt Browning. She also was choreographer for the traveling show Stars On Ice. Also over the years she has also enjoyed benign a specialist sports commentator at international events for NBC, ( a major U.S.A. Broadcasting company). She has written of her experiences in a book : Passion to Skate.
Isabelle Brasseur. Born July 28, 1970. Isabelle and her partner Lloyd Eisler are one of Canada’s finest pairs figure skating teams. . They hold 5 Canadian Championships, 5 World Championship medals, and 2 Olympic Bronze medals. She is a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
Ellen Burka.  Born August 11, 1921. A coach of renown she has seen her efforts crowned at 26 Canadian Olympic and World Championships when her pupils have received medals.  Her own daughter Petra Burka was one of her winners. Both family members are members of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
Petra Burka. Born Amsterdam, The Netherlands November 17, 1946. At the age of 15 she became the first Canadian to complete the triple salchow jump in competition. .1965 she won the Canadian, North American and world championships and was the Canadian athlete of the year.
Josée Chouinard. Born August 21, 1969.  She was 3 times Canadian figure skating champion.  She turned professional n 1994 and won the Canadian Professional Championships that same year and again in 1997.  She is an ambassador for the Heart & Stroke Foundation.  She married Jean-Michel Bombardier in 1997.
Frances Dafoe - Mellick  Born January 17, 1929, Toronto , Ontario. In 1952 she and her partner Norris Bowden (1926-1991) placed second in the Pairs event at the figure skating championships. They would go on to place 1st a title they would hold through to 1955. In the 1952, their 1st Olympic appearance the couple place 5th . It was said that their style of skating featuring imaginative lifts and jumps was considered too “athletic” for the European judges. In 1953 they became the 1st Canadians to win the World Pairs Figure skating and they repeated another world win in 1954. They would hold the North American Championships titles from 1953-1956. In 1955 the pair were inducted into the Canada’s Sport Hall of Fame.  In the Cortina d’Ampezzo Olympics in 1956 they earned a silver medal. In 1958 the couple were inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame. After her retirement from completion Frances had a successful career as a fashion designer. She remained involved in her sport as a judge, team leader and of course she enjoyed designing costumes for such Canadian greats as Toller Cranston. In 1991 she was inducted as a member of the Order of Canada. In 1993 the pair were inducted into the Skate Canada Hall of Fame. Source: Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame Online (Accessed January 2013)
Maria Jelinek. Born November 17, 1942.  In 1950 the brother and sister pair of Otto and Maria Jelinek decided to figure skate seriously. In 1962 they won the World’s Pairs figure skating title. In 1955   they won the Canadian Pairs title and came second at the senior level in 1956-57-58 and 1960. In 1961 and 62 they were Canadian Champions and were silver medalists at the worlds.
Karen Diane Magnussen. Born North Vancouver, British Columbia April 4,1952. A accomplished free-skating performer, Karen was Canadian champion in 1968. She withdrew from 1969 world championships because of stress fractures in both legs but returned to become Canadian champion 1970-1973 and world champion in 1973.  The doll that was made and sold as the Karen Magnussen doll did not have any of the characteristics of the determined young athlete.
Elizabeth Manley. Born Belleville, Ontario August 7, 1965.  Canada's top female skater in 1987 and 1988  she would win the hearts of her home country at the 1988 Olympics in Calgary with a silver medal. Her home is Gloucester (Ottawa) Ontario where they have named an arena  after her. She continues to skate professionally and packs the arenas wherever she goes in Canada. She is known  as the tiny skater with the big heart. (Check out the paper dolls in the Famous Canadian Women pages).
Jennifer Lee Robinson. Born Goderich, Ontario December 2, 1976. Figure skating is her first love. Her heroine was skater Elizabeth Manly. She won the Canadian Junior Championship in 1994. In 1996 she won her first Canadian Senior Championship title. She has been Canadian ladies figure skating champion 6 times. Check out her official web site: http://skatinginc.com/Skaters/Robinson/
Barbara Ann Scott. Born Ottawa, Ontario 1928.Died Amelia Island, Florida, U.S.A. September 29, 2012.  One of Canada’s best remembered sports personalities, Barbara Ann  won the Canada's first gold medal in figure skating in the Olympic Games of 1948 on an outdoor rink in St Moritz, Switzerland. She won the Lou Marsh Trophy in 1945, 1948, 1948 as Canada's top athlete.  She married Thomas Van Dyke King and lived in the U.S.A.. She remained involved in figure skating as a judge promoting her sport and encouraging many others to partake in the sport.  The Barbara Ann Scott doll that came out shortly after the games did not really look too much like the young skater but it is today a very highly prized collectors item.
Sandra Tewksbury

Born Chatham, Ontario 1942 (?) Died June 1962. At nine years of age she joined the Chatham Figure Skating Club and was recognized as a talent. At 11, she was the youngest skater to win the Canadian Figure Skating Silver Dance Medal. In 1959 she was very busy, placing third in the Canadian Figure Skating Championships and 5th in the North American Championships and then being first in the trial for the Olympic Games. She placed 10th overall in the women’s figure skate at the Squaw Valley Olympics. Shortly after she was married, Sandra Tewksbury Ritchie died in an automobile accident when she was 20 years old.

Barbara Ann Underhill. Born Pembroke, Ontario June 24, 1963. With her skating partner, Paul Martini she would win five consecutive Canadian Pairs Championships. In 1984 they won the World Championships on home ice in Ottawa. They turned professional and worked with Ice Capades after their amateur successes. They are both members of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
Barbara Aileen Wagner. Born Toronto, Ontario May 5, 1938.  She and Robert Wagner formed one of Canada’s most successful figure skating pairs.  They began skating in 1952 and in 1957 won the Canadian, American and World Championships. So spectacular was their gold medal routine at the 1960 Olympics that 7 judges ranked them first place.  This was the first time that the gold had gone to non-European pair skaters.  They are both members of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
Golf      back
Jocelyn Bourassa

Born Shawinigan Quebec. May 30, 1947. Jocelyn embraced sports all through her childhood. She attended the University of Montreal and then the University of Wisconsin in the U.S.A. She enjoyed an active sports life at both universities staring in basketball, volleyball, skiing, and track and field. During her years at Wisconsin she earned the nickname “Frenchy”. Her interest in golf actually stared in the early1960’s when she was a caddy for her brother Gilles. She earned the Quebec provincial junior championships in 1963-1965 and she was hooked for life on competitive golf. She would win provincial amateur championships, the Canadian ladies amateur championships in 1965, and 1971. She was a member of the Canadian team winning the World Cup in Spain in 1971 and then on to win the New Zealand amateur title. In 1972 she turned pro and earned the honour of “Rookie of the Year” in the Ladies Pro Golf Association. She was the first woman to be names as the Quebec Athelete of the Year and in 1972 was the Canadian Female Athelete of the year. From 1980 though 200 she was the executive director of the du Maurier Ltd. Classic which is one of the LPGA’s four major championships. She holds the Royal Order of Merit of Canada and in 1996 she was inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame. Sources: Who’s who in Canadian Sport by Bob Ferguson, (Scarborough: Prentice Hall ) : Royal Canadian Golf Association. Canadian Golf Hall of Fame www.rcga.org/hall_of_fame (accessed February 2009)

Florence Harvey Born Hamilton, Ontario 1878. Died 1968. She excelled in her sport of Golf as a competitor and gave back to it her energies to help the sport evolve for women in Canada. She was Ontario Ladies Amateur Champion 1904, 1906, 1913, and 1914. She was also Canadian Ladies Champion in 1903 and 1904 and placed as runner up in both 1911 and 1913. She was a great advocate of her sport. She founded and served on the executive of the Canadian Ladies Golf Union, now known as the Canadian Ladies Golf Association. During World War I she organized women golfers to raise money to purchase an ambulance to be used in Serbia. She is a member of Canada's Golf Hall of Fame.
Dorothy Campbell Hurd Howe

Born Troon , Scotland 1883. Died 1946. She embraced the sport of golfing in her home country. Prior to emigrating to Canada in 1910 she held numerous titles in both Scotland and Britain. In 1910 she was the first person to win three national titles: The Canadian, The U.S.A., and the British amateur championships. She went on to win the 1911 and 1912 Canadian Ladies Amateur Championships. She married in 1912 and moved to the U.S.A. where she took the Ladies Amateur title again in 1924. She is considered on of the most successful lady golfers of the first quarter of the the 2oth century. She was induced into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 1991 and is also a member of the world Gold Hall of Fame. Source: Royal Canadian Golf Association http://www/rcga.org.hall_of_famer (accessed February 2009)

Angela Kelly

Born Scotland October 3, 1971. Her hometown was Brantford, Ontario where she finished high school at North Park Collegiate before attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, U.S.A. She was an assistant coach for the women’s soccer team while she studied. She graduated in 1994. From 1989 through 1996 she was a member of the Canadian women’s national soccer team. Re-establishing herself at the University of Tennessee in January 2000 she became a popular and winning coach of the university’s VOLS ladies Soccer team. She was inducted into the Brantford and Area Sports Hall of Recognition and the  Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame in 2004.  Sources: The Brantford Public Library, Famous local Sportsmen http://www.brantford.library.on.ca/genealogy/famoussports (accessed October 2008) : University of Tennessee Women’s Soccer Official website utladyvols.com (Accessed October 2008)

Ada Mackenzie Born Toronto, Ontario October 31, 1891. Died October 25, 1973.  She would win the Ontario Ladies Amateur Golf title 9 times and the Canadian Ladies Open Amateur  title 5 times.  In 1933 she was declared the Canadian Athlete of the Year.  She would open a ladies only golf club in Thornhill, Ontario in May 1925.  This sporting pioneer with her club and her leading titles would make ladies golf a sport to be taken seriously.
Sandra Post. Born Oakville, Ontario June 4, 1948. She became Canada’s first woman professional golfer in 1968 and won the Ladies Professional Golf Association Championship at Sutton Massachusetts that same year. In 1979 she was Canada’s Athlete of the Year. In 2004 Sandra became a Member of the Order of Canada.
Judy Sams. Born Toronto, Ontario October 7, 1947. Canadian amateur-of-the-year in 1980 this Ontario Athlete is best known on the golf course.  
Cathy Sherk Born Bancroft. Ontario June 17,1950. She loved her chosen sport of golf. In 1977 Cathy  claimed her first Canadian Women’s golf title. In 1978 she was the U.S. Amateur and Medalist at the World Amateur. Golf Digest named he the World’s no. 1 Woman Amateur. She also received the Velma Springstead Trophy for outstanding Canadian Athelete of the year. She joined the Ladies Profession Golfing Association Tour and was a key player for many years. After retiring from the LPGA in 1983 she worked closely with the Canadian Ladies Golf Association junior program. She still had time to reign as  the 1986, 1987 and 1990 CPGA Champion.  From 1995 through 1999 she was the National Coach of the CLGA. In 1995 she was inducted into the Royal Canadian Golf Hall of Fame.  Source: Canadian Golf Hall of Fame. (Online accessed February 2002.
Marlene Streit. (née Stewart) Born Cereal, Alberta March 9, 1934. A powerful golfer she would win the Canadian ladies champion title 11 times between 1951 and 1973. She was the Canadian Female Athlete of the Year in 1951 and 1956. In 1967 she was inducted as an officer in the Order of Canada. During her golfing career she would win 24 Canadian Ladies Golf Association Championships and by 2003 she had a career total of 30 national or international championships with at least one championship each decade . She claimed her third U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur in 2003, the oldest person to ever triumph in that event. She is the only person to have won the Australian, British, Canadian and United States women's’ amateur championships!  She is a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame and in 2004 she became the first Canadian member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Violet Pooley Sweeny

Born Dec. 18, 1886, Victoria,  British Columbia; Died March 19, 1965, West Vancouver, British Columbia . Violet first played Golf as a child of eight years. .She would play for more than thirty years. In 1905, she won the first of seven Pacific Northwest and nine B.C. championships. She moved to Vancouver, and in 1915  and married “Bimbo” Sedley Campbell Sweeny (1888- 1966), a famed rugby player and rower. She sold cars for Consolidated Motors, then demonstrated the basics of the golf swing at McLennan, McFeeley & Prior sports and hardware store. "It has been said “She didn't hesitate to raise eye brows and hemlines ... she simply did her own thing." In 1936 she funded the Sweeny Cup for ladies Golf for those with a 10 and under handicap. From 1933 through 1942 she was president of the Canadian Ladies Golf Association. She was inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 1998.  After having been honoured by the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame in 1974. Sources: The Sweeny Cup http://sweenycup.shawwebspace.ca/pages/view/sweeny_cup_history/ (Accessed November 2012) . Suggested reading:  Backspin, 100 Years of Golf in B.C. by Arv Olson.

Gymnastics
Ernestine Russell Weaver née Russell. Born Windsor, Ontario, June 10, 1938.At 16 she won the Velma Springstead Award as Canada’s Outstanding Woman Athlete of the Year for 1953. She would win again in 1954 and 1955. At 18 she was the first Canadian woman to participate in gymnastics in the 1956 Games in Melbourne, Australia. In 1959 when gymnastics were introduced to the Pan American Games she dominated the field by winning four gold and two silver medals. She also held nine Canadian Championship titles. After retiring from competition she turned to coaching gymnastics at the college level in Pennsylvania and Florida. She has also written several books on her beloved sport and been coach to the US world gymnastic team. In 1981 she was inducted into the Windsor/Essex County Sports Hall of Fame.  
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Shirley Cameron

Shirley played hockey on outdoor rinks when the girls teams shoved newspapers in their socks as shin pads. It would be several years before girls’ teams would have access after 11:30 p.m. on indoor hockey rinks. She would play on team Canada at the 1st Women’s World Hockey Championships. She would skate for 20 years in competitive hockey. In 1972 she was a founding member of the Edmonton Chimos and with this team she would win 16 National Championships.  One year when she wanted to play in the national championships she could not get time off work so she called in sick. She was sanctioned by her boss when he saw her photo in the newspaper. She retired from competition in 1992 and turned to
coaching. The Cameron cup which is the prize for a 10 game series between teams in Alberta is named in her honour. She is considered the 1st superstar of women’s hockey in the modern era.
Source: The Hockey Hall of Fame Time capsule Notable Women Hockey players , The Hockey Hall of Fame  Online (Accessed February 2014)

Cassie Campbell

Born Richmond Hill, Ontario November 22, 1973. It seems as if Cassie has always loved to play hockey. As a youth she played in Calgary with the Oval X-Team In 1995 she as Captain of the University of Guelph team, The Gryphons, which she led to winning the Ontario University Championships. She earned her honours BA in Sociology in 1997. In 2000 she was named top forward in the Esso National Women’s Championships. In 2005 she was on the team winning the inaugural Western Women’s Hockey League cup. She was on the Olympic teams that won silver in 1998, and gold medals in 2002 and 2006. She is the only hockey captain (male or female) to lead her team to two Olympic Gold medals. She has also played in Seven World Championships and is the longest serving Hockey team captain to date. On October 14, 2006 she became the first woman to provide colour commentary on Hockey Night in Canada. She is the first woman hockey player inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and into the University of Guelph Sports Hall of Fame in 2007. This was the same year she published her first book, H.E.A.R.T. which was written for youth showing what success is. As of 2011 she has been a member of 21 National Women’s team medal games that includes 17 gold Medals! No wonder the City of Brampton proudly named their Community Centre in her honour. In June 2011 she received an honourary degree from the university of Guelph. Cassie is married to Brad Pascal and the couple have one daughter. (c 2011) Sources: Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame: The Portico, University of Guelph Fall 2011.

Joan Ann Cooch Born September 6, 1932, Kingston, New York. Died March 23, 2013. She earned her doctorate at Cornell University in New York State, U.S.A. and moved to Canada to teach medicine at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg and later the University of Ottawa. She Married Dr. F. Graham Cooch on September 5, 1958. Somehow it was easy for him to remember both her birthday and wedding anniversary this way. The couple had three children. In 1972 she took on the up and coming sport of Girl’s Hockey. Not every girl who skated wanted to be a figure skater! She gathered together her own daughters and other girls who loved to skate and convinced skeptical parents to sponsor the all girl hockey Team. She recruited her non- hockey husband to become a dedicated coach. Using hand-me down equipment mainly from older brothers the team travelled to Toronto, Montreal and even down to New York State to play games and tournaments. Fundraising was a constant and the girls even played demonstration games with boys Peewee hockey teams. Joan’s efforts and determination on behalf of the girls hockey teams laid the foundation for a permanent legacy for women’s hockey. She remained with the tam through to the early 1980’s. The Nepean Girl’s Hockey Association initiated the Joan Cooch Trophy for the Junior Division Champions of the Association’s International Tournament which has boasted having over 30 teams as participants. Sources: Life Story by Janice E. Mathis (Cooch) Ottawa Citizen May 4, 2013..
Lori Dupuis

Born Cornwall, Ontario November 14, 1972. Lori always enjoyed playing hockey and played Minor hockey in Cornwall She attended the University of Toronto and earned an honours BA in French and geography. While studying she played hockey for the University of Toronto Blues 1991-1997 and was U of T’s Female Athlete of the Year 1996 and 1997. Considered one of the best women hockey players in the world she joined Team Canada in the mid 1990’s. She has played with the team as it won three world championships in 1997, 1999 and 2000. She played on two Olympic teams for Canada , the sliver medal team in 1998 and the gold medal team of 2000. She runs a hockey school with teammate Jayna Hefford in Brantford, Ontario. She was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in both Cornwall and Brantford.

Gillian Ferrari Born June 23, 1980 Thornhill, Ontario. She has played women’s team hockey since she was on the Team Ontario Under 17. As she aged she gained entry into the provincial and national women’s teams. In 1997 she won a silver medal with Ontario and was named top defenseman at the National Midget Championships. She served as captain in the Canada’s National Women’s team under 22 in 2001. She began playing hockey with the Brampton Thunder of the National Women’s Hockey League in 2004/5.  She has bee on 9 gold medal winning games with the Canada National Women’s Hockey team including the 2006 Olympic Games, the 2004 and 2007 II HF World Women’s Championships and 6 times at the 4Nations/3Nations Cup from 2001through 2009. Canadian international teams won silver in 2008 and 2009 with her defensive plays. During her career she earned the nick name Ferdawg. In 2006 she was elected to the Brampton (Ontario) Sports Hall of Fame. She retired from playing internationally hockey in September 2011 but has not given up the game and intends to enjoy playing. She studied civil engineering as Seneca Collage in and in 2010/11 she played with the McGill University ladies Team. She is looking forward to continuing play after graduation from university. Sources: SR/Olympic sports online (Accessed January 2012)
Charline Labont1é Born October 15, 1982, Broisbriand, Quebec. She is only the 2nd hockey player (after Manon Rhéaume) to play Major Junior Hockey in Canada. She earned her Bachelor in Education and her Masters in Psychology at McGill University. In 1999 she was part of the hockey team for Quebec, winning silver medals at the Canada Winter Games. She has been a member of Women’s World Championship teams winning gold or silver medals from 2004 through 2014. She has also been on three Gold Medal  Olympic women’s hockey teams in 2002, 2006, and 2014. In 2006 she was the top goaltender in the Esso Women’s National Hockey Championships (pool A) She has played for the Montreal Axion and Laval LeMistral teams of the National Women’s Hockey League and the Montreal Stars of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. Source: Charlinelabonte.ca (Accessed February 2014
Manon Rhéaume.  Born Lac Beauport, Quebec February 24, 1972.  The daughter of a hockey coach, she began to play at the age of 5 years. She loved hockey and played well. She was the first girl to play in the Annual Quebec Peewee Hockey Tournament.  She went on to become the first woman to play professionally. She was goalie with the Tampa Bay Lightening of the National Hockey League. If you want the whole story read Manon: alone in front of the net.  She is still active in her sport today teaching young girls how to play the sport she loves. Her web site is located at;  http://manonrheaume.com
France St Louis. Born October 17, 1958.  A member of the Canadian Women’s Hockey team since 1990, she was a member of the silver medal team at the 1998 Olympic games in Nagano, Japan.
Tammy Lee "Barbie" Shewchuk-Dryden Born December 31, 1977, St-Laurent,  Quebec. In 1991 and 1995 she played on team Quebec in hockey at the Canada Winter Games.  In 1994, with now girls ice hockey teams around she played as the only girl on the Lac-St.- Louis Lions Ice hockey team. By the end of the 1990’s she was attending Harvard University at Cambridge, Massachusetts and was a member of the Crimson University hockey team. In 1998-1999 she was named First –Team All American leading Harvard to College Hockey Championships. Her skills allowed her to earn Harvard’s John Dooley Award for combining sportsmanship and devotion to hockey. By 2000 and 2001 she was a member of the Canadian gold medal team at the Women’s World Hockey Championships. On February 21 2002 she was a team member when Canadian women won Olympic gold for women’s hockey. In 2004 she was coaching at Wesleyan University in Connecticut and was Acting Dean of Admissions at Lawrenceville School, New Jersey, U.S. A.
Isabel Constance Mary Stanley

 (Lady Stanley)

Born September 2, 1875. Died December 30 1963. The daughter of Lord Stanley, Governor General to Canada, the gentleman of the Stanley Cup fame. The family saw a game of ice hockey in Quebec and Isobel became enthusiastic about the sport. She helped popularize hockey in Canada. She is one of the first women to be photographed with a hockey stick and puck in the 1890’s. The first recorded women’s hockey game was on March 8, 1899,. The game was reported in the Ottawa Evening Journal as being between the Government House team and the Rideau Ladies team. The women found their longer skirts handy in stopping the puck! In 1898 Isobel married Sir John Francis Gathome-Hardy and the couple had on daughter, Elizabeth (1904-1958) In Hockey the Isobel Gathome-Hardy Award is presented to an active player whose values, leadership and personal traits represent the best of the female athletes. At one time Isobel held the office of Woman of the Bedchamber to Her Majesty Queen Mary. She was invested as Dame Commander, Royal Victorian Order (D.C.V.O.). Sources: http://collectionscanada.gc.ca/hockey/kids  … accessed June 2011; The peerage.com http://the peerage.com/p1394. Accessed June 2011; Women in Ottawa: Mentors and milestones http://womeninottawa.blogspot.com accessed June 2011.

Haley Wickenheiser.  Born Shaunavon, Saskatchewan December 8, 1978. Team sports are her favourite. She played in competition in the World Junior Softball Championships in 1995. Then it was hockey. She played with a gold medal team at the 1997-99 World Hockey Championships and the silver medal team at the 1998 Nagano Olympics, and Gold Medal Olympic teams in 2006, 2010, 2014.  She was invited to play with the Philadelphia Flyers training camp which she found a great opportunity to learn at the NHL level. She has done studies science and the University of Calgary and was the first woman to have accepted a contract to play hockey on a men's team. She has played her sport of hockey in Finland.
Judo    back
Michelle Buckingham Born Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. September 1, 1968. She loves her sport of Judo. She has been Canadian Champion 7 times and competed with team Canada in three Olympics. The fact that Olympic medals have eluded her have not dampened her competitive spirit. She has been in the tope medals , including gold, in both the Pan American Games and the Pan American Championships since 1997. She has been first in the US Open competition in 2001 and 2002. She shares her love, dedication and knowledge of her sport with up and coming competitors in and elementary after school Programme when she is at home.
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Caroline Brunet. Born March 20, 1969. In March 1998, Caroline became the recipient of the Velma Springstead Award to become Canada's Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year. Her recognition began in 1995 when she won a gold and 2 silver medals at the World Championships. In Atlanta's Olympic Games in 1997 she claimed the silver medal. She swept the World Sprint Canoe Championships in 1997 when she won three gold medals which represented "a best ever" Canadian Kayak team performance.  She gold medal also represented a first for a Canadian woman in a singles event. She also won a medal in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.
Lucy Slade Born May 16, 1972. Died January 14, 2011, Whistler, British Columbia. Growing up in Ottawa, Lucy spent many summers at the Rideau Canoe Club doing what she loved most, sprint racing canoes and kayaks. She would go on to win four gold, three silver and eight bronze medals at Canadian championships from 1987 through 1996. She also held four gold medals at the 1989 Canada Summer Games in Saskatoon. . She would wear the championship purple jersey of the RCC for ten years.  In 1991 she was a member of the four – woman kayak silver medal team at the American Games in Cuba. She retired from the sport in 1996 and kept in shape by biking, skiing  running. She took a coaching position with the Cascade Canoe Club moving to Chelsea Quebec. In the late 1990’s she completed university and she and her partner Andy Ball became parents to twins. Source: Paddler remembered for her zest for life by Carole Hardy-Kavanaugh and Mike Scott Globe and Mail February 26, 2012. Suggestion submitted by June Coxon, Ottawa, Ontario.
Motorcycle Racing
Kathleen Coburn                  She attended a motorcycle race at Mosport track, outside of Toronto, in 1985  and became instantly hooked. She did not even ride. She attended Norm Sheppard’s       Race   School and bought herself a Yamaha RD350LC. At school she was called “Crashleen” but she was not detoured. With the support and encouragement of her father she became the 1st woman to earn points in the Camel Pro series for the American Motorcycle Association. She did not want to be god for a woman she wanted to be the best in the field. In Brainerd, Minnisota, U.S.A. she placed second. In 1987 she became the 1st woman to qualify for the Datona (Florida, U.S.A.) 200! Yamaha was impressed enough to send her to Japan for competitions. In 1990 financial restraints of competition caused her to give up racing. She married Jonathan Head and the couple settled to a landscaping business in Uxbridge, Ontario. They have two daughters who are both no. 1 plates in cross-country races. Source: the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Online. Accessed August 2013.
Mountain Biking    back
Alison Sydor Born Edmonton, Alberta. 1966. A graduate of the University of Victoria, she has also found time for her love of sport, especially riding her mountain bike. She is considered one of Canada's most accomplished women mountain biker and a tough competitive athlete. She has dominated her sport both at the national and international level with gold medals in World championships in 1994, 1995 and 2002. She places second at the world level championships in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2003. In 1996 she won silver at the Olympics as was the Canadian Press Female Athlete of the Year and World Cyclist of the year from the Velo News. In 1998 she ran the last part of a race with her broken bicycle on her back to cross the finish line! Today she works for her sport through a kids ride program in North Vancouver.
Mountaineering      back
Phyllis Munday. (née Jarnes) Born 1894. Died 1990. This woman has a mountain named for herself and her husband Don. Mount Munday is the highest peak in the Waddington Range of the Canadian Rockies. A competent climber she and Annette Buck in 1924 became the first women to reach the summit of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. While she would enjoy climbing more than 100 peaks in the Rockies she was more than a mountaineer. She was a scientist, cartographer, naturalist, humanitarian and adventurer. In 1973 she received the Order of Canada for her pioneering efforts in these fields and for her dedicated service to the Girl Guides, St. Johns Ambulance and the Alpine Club of Canada. In 1992, Canada Post issued a stamp with Phyllis Munday on it as part of its Legendary Canadians series.
Urszula Tokarska

Born Poland 1963. She emigrated to Canada in 1988 and studied environmental design at the Ontario College of Art, Toronto, Ontario. In 1998 she visited the Mount Everest bas camp in Nepal where she was smitten with mountain climbing. In 2001 she joined an expedition up Mount Aconcagra, the highest peak in South America. Inspired by fellow climber, Peggy Foster, who was attempting to be the first Canadian woman to climb to the top of the seven tallest summits in the world she continued her climbing. In 2002 she climbed the highest peaks offered in Europe and Africa. She also claimed Mount Elbrus in Russia and Mount Kilimanjaro in Kenya. In 2004 it was Mount McKinley in North America and Australia’s mount Kosciuszko and even Vinson Massif in Antarctica that she conquered. She was turned by from the summit of Everest by storms. In June 2005 she and Peggy Foster made another attempt at Everest with Urszula the one to claim the top of the mountain. Urszula had become the first Canadian Woman to climb all seven of the world’s tallest peaks. Sources: Herstory: the Canadian Women’s Calendar 2007 Coteau Books, 2006 page 80: www.everstnews.com /everst2005/ … accessed June 2011.

Henrietta "Hettie"  Loetitia Tuzo Wilson  Loetitia Tuzo Wilson. (née Tuzo) Born Victoria, British Columbia May 6, 1873. Died January 11, 1955.Ottawa, Ontario   A founding member of the Alpine Club of Canada she had a real passion for climbing. In 1906 she was the 1st  woman to ascend Peak seven of the Valley of the Ten Peaks near Moraine Lake and bordering the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta.  In 1907 Peak Seven was renamed Mount Tuzo in her honour. She stopped climbing in 1907 when she was 34 years old. She moved to Ottawa, Ontario  with her husband, John Amistead Wilson, a well established Scottish engineer, to raise their family. In 1928 she was elected president of the National Council of Women, still climbing the mountains set up in front of women by society. She was also an active volunteer with the Red Cross The Ottawa Women's Canadian Club. and a proponent of the League of Nations. She also found time to write for the Canadian Geographical Journal. She was presented with the King's Jubilee Medal in 1935 and in 1937 the King's Coronation Medal. John Tuzo Wilson, her son became a well known Canadian geologist in the area of continental drift and plat tectonics. Sources: "Mrs. Wilson Familiar Figure" by Madge Macbeth, Ottawa Citizen August 17, 1957. ; Off the Beaten Track; women adventurers and mountaineers in western Canada by Cyndi Smith. Coyote Books, 1998.
Sharon Adele Wood. Born Halifax, Nova Scotia May 18, 1957. One might say mountaineering is in her blood. In the spring of 1986 she became the first woman from the Western hemisphere to stand on top of the world on Mt. Everest. She was 17 years old!!! On a smaller scale she was part of an all woman team to navigate to the top of Mt. Logan. She enjoys teacher her sport to others when she is not working as a helicopter ski guide.
Rhythmic Gymnastics    back
Lori Fung Born Vancouver, British Columbia February 21, 1963. She has a passion for her Rhythmic Gymnastics. She started at the British Columbia Rythmicka Club. She was an able student and a good listener. These talents paid off when in 1983 she became Canadian Champion and later that same year the Four Continents Gold medalist . She would during her competitive career be Grand Champion of Canada seven times. To the media she was a relative unknown contender, yet she won gold at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics when the sport was inaugurated into the Olympic Games. Retired from competition, she remains a valued coach in her sport. She also works for Canadian charities in such positions as Chairperson of the Canadian Cancer Society. She is a recipient of the Order of Canada and a member of Canada's Sport Hall of Fame.
Ringette     back
Agnes Jacks Died April 1, 2005. In 1963 her husband introduced the sport of Ringette in a school in North Bay, Ontario. After his death in 1975, Agnes poured her heart an soul into the sport. She became a true 'mother of the sport'. She promoted the sport, often traveling across the country to tournaments. She took great pride in the sport and the participants as she handed out the top medals. She also became an overseas ambassador for the sport. She was recognized with the Order of Canada and the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal for her contributions to women's sport.
Rowing     back
Silken Laumann. Born November 14, 1954. At the age of 19 she had won a bonze medal in the double rowing event at the Los Angeles Olympics. She would be in the hearts of  many Canadians,  when she suffered a severe leg injury in a rowing accident while practicing for the 1992 Olympics.  With little time remaining until her event, she trained with a special brace on her leg and, with the perseverance of a real winner,  she went on to win the bronze medal in singles rowing in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics! She was Canada's Female athlete of the year in 1991 and 1992 and she was also declared Canada's Outstanding Athlete in 1991. She retired shortly after winning a silver medal in the 1996 Olympics.  She works as a promotional speaker to help people overcome obstacles in their lives. She is also a devoted mother. 
Theresa Anne Luke.  Born February 20, 1967. She has completed her studies at the University of Victoria where she holds a B.Sc. She is a full-time coach and athlete who is looking into a possible sports-related career. As a member of the Canadian Olympic Rowing Team she won a silver medal in the 1996 Atlantic City Olympic Games. 
Marnie McBean Born Toronto, Ontario January 28, 1968 Although at 5'10" tall she was not considered tall enough for competitive rowing there is no measure of the ingrained competitive spirit. As a teen, Marnie became interested in rowing. She has bee 4 times an Olympic medalist including double gold medal. She is the first rower to win a medal in every rowing event…Olympic, world championships while competing in 6 different boats! She is a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. She is as passionate about her charity work as she is about her sport and works hard to help such foundations as the Kids Help Phone and the Special Olympics.
Anna Van Der Kamp. Born Abbotsford, British Columbia June 20, 1972.  This young athlete competed for Canada in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games in rowing where she earned a silver medal. She gained prominence in her sport in 1993 when she was Female Crew of the Year. 
Emma Robinson. Born November 26, 1971. This athlete is a member of the Canadian Olympic Rowing team. In the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, she won a silver medal. She had worked her way to the Olympics with participation and recognition in international regattas, U.S. Championships, World University Games and World Championships. While participating in her beloved sport she also was a Canada Scholar 1990-1994 and the winner of the Petro Canada Olympic Torch Scholarship 1995. She won a bronze medal in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. She pulls her weight with her medical studies and her sport!
Shooting      back
Vera Holdsworth Died September 23, 2002.  Vera had a remarkable career as one of Canada's outstanding trapshooters. She was an Alberta Champion nineteen times, a Canadian Ladies Champion thirteen times, the 1959 North American Ladies Champion, and was the 1st woman to qualify for both the Canadian and American Trapshooting Teams. She also qualified for the All-Canadian and All-American Teams in her chosen sport. In 1961, she competed as a member of the Canadian Men's Team with a personal score of 99 out of 100. Vera Holdsworth is a life member of the Amateur Trapshooting Association of America and the Alberta Trapshooting Association. She was inducted into the Alberta Trapshooting Hall of Fame; named All-American five times, captain of the All-Canada Trap Team; and, voted to the Sports Field Magazine Award All-American Trapshooting Team. Since induction update: Canadian Ladies Champion: 1956, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972. Source: Alberta Sports Hall of Fame. Online. (Accessed February 2014)
Susan Nattrass. Born Medicine Hat, Alberta November 5, 1950. She was taught to shoot by her father when she was 17 and by 19 she defeated 1300 men at an international shoot in Nevada! In the 1976 Olympics in Montreal she was the only woman entered in the trap shooting event. In the 1990 Commonwealth Games she became the first woman to be entered in a shotgun event. She has set 4 world records and has been World Champion on 7 occasions. She is a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
Linda Thom.  Born Hamilton, Ontario December 30, 1943. She is a strong and highly motivated Olympic medalist. She first became interested in shooting as a child, when she learned the basics of the sport from her shooting enthusiast father. She successfully entered pistol competitions in 1969. By the mid 1970's she concentrated on her career as a chef and on family life. She took up the challenge of shooting again when it was announced that women would compete in this event in the Olympic Games.  Her pistol individual gold medal in the 1984 Los Angeles games was the first for a Canadian women and the first gold medal for a Canadian woman since 1928. Linda felt that the Gold Medal belonged to all the people of Canada, and she carried it with here wherever she went so that people could see and touch the medal for themselves. Linda is the first pistol shooter included into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. She is also a member of the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame and the Canadian Amateur Sports Hall of Fame. In 1985 she received the Order of Canada.
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Janet "Jay" Barbara Action

Born April 10, 1941, Kirkland Lake, Ontario. Died October 18, 2012, Ottawa, Ontario. Her Aunt Ida introduced her to the sport of skiing when she was a young girl and she was hooked for life. As a teen she was a top Ontario slalom, downhill and cross country skier. She was a member of the Canadian Junior ski championship team and attended the Olympic Training School in Quebec. She was instrumental in founding the Kirkland Lake Ski Club and served willingly as it’s Director. She would involve her entire family including her husband Peter Maheux and her five children. Her niece Brigitte skied for Canada in 2006 and 2010 Olympics. Source: Lives Lived, Globe and Mail, January 16, 2013. Suggestion submitted by June Coxon, Ottawa, Ontario.

Myriam Bedard.  Born December 22, 1969.  While with cadets she took up biathlon and entered her first competition on rented skis. In 1991 she was the first Canadian to win a World Cup in Biathlon. She won a bronze medal in the Olympic games in 1992 when women's biathlon was a demonstration sport  The next year it was a  a gold at the World Championship. She went n to win gold for the 7.5 km inaugural event, and a gold in the 15 km event at the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics.  She was the first non-European to win gold in Biathlon.  She received the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada’s outstanding athlete in 1994. She is a member of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.
Betsey Clifford. Born Old Chelsea, Quebec October 15, 1953. Betsey began skiing at Camp Fortune at age 5.  At 12 she was Canadian Junior Champion. She became the youngest ever world ski champion in 1970.  How old was she?
Laurie Graham. Born March 30, 1960. Ski racing since the age of 9, Laurie Graham made the national Ski team in 1978. The 1985-86 season was her most successful.  She recorded two World Cup Downhill victories along with 2 second and 3 third place finishes.  The winner of a total of 6 World Cup races Graham retired after an eleven-year career.
Nancy Greene. Born Ottawa, Ontario May 11, 1943. A skier of determination, Nancy won the 1967 World Cup and dominated the racing scene the next year as well winning a gold medal in the giant slalom and a silver medal in the slalom at the Olympic games as well as her second World Cup.  She was awarded the Order of Canada in 1967 and named Athlete of the year in 1968.  She is a member of the Canadian Sports hall of Fame.
Anne Heggtveit Born Ottawa, Ontario January 11,1939. A member of a skiing family, Anne, came to international attention at the age of 15 when she won the 1954 Holmenkollen Giant Slalom event in Norway, the youngest winner in the events’ 50 year history.  At the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympics she won an Olympic Gold Medal for Canada. In that same year she won the giant slalom and combined women’s alpine titles the 1st time ever by a non European.
Sue Holloway . Born May 19, 1955. Sue was a four time Olympian competing in 1976 in Cross Country Skiing and Kayak, 1980 and Kayak again in 1984 where she took Silver and Bronze medals. Although Canada withdrew from the Moscow Olympics in 1980 she was the appointed Olympic flag bearer. She was the first Canadian woman to ever compete in both winter and summer Olympic Games in the same year. She and her husband, former Olympian Greg Joy, now work together as motivational speakers.
Claudia Kerckhoff-van Wijk She proved herself a worthy competitor in a male dominated sport. She held the Canadian Women’s Whitewater Kayaking Championship position for an entire decade from 1974-1984. She was the first woman and the youngest competitor to participate in the grueling ten sections of the Coureurs des bois gold category in the Canadian Ski Marathon.  She now owns and operates Madawaska Kanu Centre which is the first kayak and canoe school in North America.
Kathy Kreiner. Born Timmins, Ontario May 4, 1957. In 1974 she won the gold medal in the Skiing World Cup giant slalom and two years later at her second Olympics she captured the gold medal in the giant slalom event.  In 1976 she was named Canada’s outstanding female athlete of the year and was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
Lucie Laroche. Born October 23, 1968. Her youthful  love of skiing led her to become a member of a group of freestyle skiers known as the "Quebec Air Force".
Kerrin Lee-Gartner. Born Rossland, British Columbia September 21, 1966. She grew up in Rossland B.C. and became a member of the elite group of skiers to hold an Olympic Gold medal. This medal was the first in history for a Canadian (male or female) on the downhill event in an Olympic games.
Kate Pace Born February 13, 1967, North Bay, Ontario. She started skiing at the age of two! By the time she was five she was racing! She skied and raced with the North Bay Ski Racers and was soon with the North Ontario Division and the Ontario Ski Team. In 1984 she was Junior Champion for Northern Ontario Ski Division. In 1985 and 1987 she won a National Achievement Award.  In May 1988 she qualified as a member of Canada’s National Women’s Alpine team, a membership that lasted ten years. She competed internationally with the Federation International du ski (FIS) World Cup circuit 64 times in downhill and super G. In 1993 she was 1st place at FIS World Ski Championships Downhill event in Morioka, Japan and took 1st place in two World Cup events. That same year she was Ontario’s and Canada’s Female Athlete of the year.  In 1994 she was ranked no 2 in World Cup competition, downhill events. In 1995 she took gold in FIS Downhill Cortina, Italy ;  2 gold in Super G at Mount Tremblant, Quebec and a third at Mont Ste Marie, Quebec, an event that she also won in 1996. In 1997 she took 1st at the European Cup downhill in Switzerland. During the 1990’s she also won national and North American events in downhill and super G. In 1998 She was presented with the Winterstart Award by Alpine Canada. She has received the Governor General of Canada’s Canadian Medal 125 in 1992, has been inducted into the North Bay Sports Hall of Fame and the Canadian ski Hall of Fame and was awarded the United States Air Force Achievement Award on two occasions. She is married to Mark Lindsay. In addition to her awards and medals the City of North Bay has named a sports walk/run/cycling and online skating path the Kate Pace Way. Source: The Canadian Ski Hall of Fame Online Accessed June 2013.
Karen Percy. Born October 10, 1966.  At the 1988 Calgary Olympic Games she became the first skier in 20 years to win two Olympic medals in the same games. She is a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
Dorothy "Dee" Anne Read (née Burden) Born June 21, 1926, Montreal , Quebec. Died May 8, 2004, Calgary, Alberta. She learned to ski as a child in the Laurentians just north of Montreal, Quebec. In 1948 she was Dominion Champion in Alpine downhill racing. She married hockey player John Read and t he Ottawa couple had four children. The family relocated to Calgary in 1968. Two of her children, Ken and Jim were Olympic team skiers as was her grandson Stefan in 2006. Dee herself became an alpine racing coach and technical expert She served for 17 years as a technical delegate to  the International Ski Federation. She worked with the Alberta Alpine Ski Association and was a Board member of Alpine Canada. In 1990 the Calgary Booster Club named her Sportsman of the Year. In 2001 she was inducted into the Canadian Skiing Hall of Fame. In 2005 she was included as one of one hundred outstanding contributors to sport and recreation in Alberta. At 77, just two weeks before her death she was on the slopes skiing. Source: Herstory 2008: the Canadian Women’s Calendar (Coteau Books, 2007) : Dorothy (Dee) Read, Matriarch of Canadian Ski Family, Dies at 77, in Ski Racing: the International Journal of Snow Sport Competition Online (Accessed January 2014)
Lisa Savigarvi.  Born December 29, 1963.  She first learned to ski at 14 months! She was a national competitor at 14 years. In 1985 she was overall alpine Canadian Champion.  She was forced out of competition in 1987-88 season after shattering her knee and injuring her back while in World Cup training. 
Beckie Scott  Born Vegreville, Alberta August 1, 1974. She began cross country skiing at the age of five and her passion for competition was stirred when she won her first competition at age 7. Scott is a two-time Olympian. She participated at the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan and the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. Scott won a gold medal in cross-country skiing at the Salt Lake City games. She originally finished third in the five-kilometer pursuit, but she was soon upgraded to the gold medal when winner and runner-up were disqualified for using darbepoetin, a performance-enhancing drug. She became the first Canadian and first North American woman to win an Olympic medal in cross-country skiing. Her Olympic gold medal was presented to her in a ceremony in Calgary, Alberta and She was extremely proud to be the first Canadian winter sport athlete to receive a gold medal at home in Canada. In addition to her superb athletic accomplishments, Scott is equally well known for her outspoken stand on anti-doping and drug-free competition. She relentlessly challenged the International Ski Federation (ISF) to be more aggressive in its efforts to catch cheats. She never dreamed she would be a direct benefactor of those efforts. On March 29, 2005 Scott agreed to join the World Anti-Doping Agency’s athlete committee. Aware of the world outside of sport, she spearheaded a Canadian team challenge to donate all prize money won from the Continental Cup competition in British Columbia to the UNICEF efforts in Afghanistan. The Beckie Scott Nordic Centre at Panorama Mountain Village in Invermere, British Columbia, has been named in her honour. She is a member of the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame.
Mélanie Turgeon.  Born Alma, Quebec October 21,1976. As a baby her father carried her in a back pack when he skied down the slopes! As a junior in 1994 she won 5 medals! This Quebec skier has raced Slalom, Downhill, and Super G for the Canadian Ski Team since 1992.    In 1998 she was the top Canadian skier in the World Cup. In 2001 she became the first Canadian to win two Two World Cup medals in one day! She place # 1 at the World Championship down hill races.
Lucille Wheeler Born Montreal, Quebec January 14,  1935. Lucille first skied when she was two years old! At 12 she was the national junior ski champion and named to the Canadian National Ski Team at 14!. In 1956 she won bronze at the Cortina Olympic Games and became the first ever Canadian Olympic ski Medalist. In 1958 she won both the downhill and giant slalom event at the World Championships. She is a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
Lauren Woolstencroft

Born Calgary, Alberta November 24, 1981. Lauren was born missing both legs below the knees and missing her left arm below the elbow. This never held her back! She was taught how to ski when she was 4 years old. While she was exposed to learning other sports such as horseback riding she soon became bored with these other sports. She started ski racing as a teen of 14 when a friend convinced her to join the Alberta disabled Ski Team. She attended the university of British Columbia and earned a degree in electrical engineering. She is proud to work for BC Hydro. In 1998 she joined the Canadian Disabled Alpine Ski Team.  An accomplished participant in the Paralympics Games in 2002 she won 2 gold medals in Super G and Slalom as well as a bronze medal in Giant Slalom. That same year she was British Columbia’s Female Athlete of the Year also winning the Whang Youi Dai Award. Back at the 2006 Turin, Italy Paralympics Games there was a gold medal in Giant Slalom and Silver in the Super G. In 2007 during the International Paralympics Games she was named the Best Female Athlete and was inducted into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame. Although she though of retiring she returned to the 2010 Paralympics Games at Whistler, British Columbia to win 5 gold medals (Giant Slalom, Super G. Downhill, Slalom,& super combined.) She is the first Canadian to win 3 or more gold medals during a Paralympics Games. She was very proud to be the person to carry the Canadian Flag for the Turin Games closing ceremony. Source: Petro Canada. Paralympics School Program Lauren Woolstencroft http://paralympiceducation.ca accessed June 2011.

Soccer  
Carrie Serwetnyk

Born Hamilton, Ontario. July 17, 1965. When her family moved to Mississauga, Ontario she played soccer for the Peel-Halton Soccer Association. Eventually her promising skills in the sport earner her a scholarship to the University of North Carolina in the USA. In 1985 she was the leading scorer and was voted the team’s offensive MVP of the year. She played in the NCAA women’s finals on winning teams in 1985 and 1985. Back home in Ontario for the summers she also played in the Canadiana Nation Championships / She played 19 times for Canada’s full national team. She played in competition in Taipei and in Cuangzhou China in the late 1980’s. Between 1988 and 1990 she played in France where the team reached the national final. In the spring of 1992 she signed to a Japanese Club and played in the 10 team Japanese Women’s League where she was the leader in number of goals in the league. In 1993 she came back from a knee injury and helped her team win their championships and the national tournament . In 2001 she was inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame. Source: thesoccerhalloffame.ca Accessed March 2007.

Christine Margaret Sinclair

Born June 12, 1983 Burnaby, British Columbia.Born June 12, 1983 Burnaby, British Columbia.  As a youth she played both baseball and soccer. She played with the Boys league for baseball and the Burnaby Girls Soccer and was a player of achievement in both sports. She would accompany her soccer team to provincial wins as well as National games. At the University of Portland her academic standings were all American as well as in sport where she was college woman athlete of the year for her soccer efforts. In 2000 she made her debut with the Canadian National Soccer team. In 2003, 2007 and 2011 the team was in the FIFA world cup and in 2008 they played at the Olympic Games. In 2011 there were international gold medals and in 2012 at the London Olympic Games she scored 6 goals in the last game to bring home bronze medal for Team Canada. She was honoured to carry the Canadian flag at the closing ceremonies. She has been winner of the Canadian Soccer player of the year ten times by 2012. From 2002 through 2012 she as been one of the tope 5 players in world status. In December 2012 won the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada’s top athlete after having won the  Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as top Canadian Female Athlete. In 2013 she was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame Source: Beverly Smith “What it takes to be a champion” The Globe and Mail, July 1, 2006. : Canadian Women’s Soccer Association online (Accessed December 2011) : Olympics Canada online biographies. Accessed June 2013. ; Canada’s Walk of Fame Online accessed June 2013.

Speed skating       back
Lela Alene Brooks Lela Brooks Born February 7, 1908, Toronto, Ontario. Died September 12, 1990, Owen Sound, Ontario. Her parents enjoyed winter sports and encouraged their daughter in her pursuit of speed skating. Without a coach or a planned training program. she would take her love the the sport to the highest competition allowed to women at the time. She was the 1st woman admitted to the Old Orchard Skating Club in Toronto. From 1923 to 1935 she would be called the "Queen of the blades." She won more that 65 championships fro the provincial level to world championships. In 1924 she earned 19 titles including 3 Canadian titles and three international titles. In 1924 alone she broke 6 world records and by 1927 the teen held 2 world championships titles.  She was the 1st Canadian woman world champion. She dominated events from the short 220 yard events to the one mile event (1600 m) She participated in the 1932 Olympics at lake Placid only to place 4th overall. Her time in the 1500 m heats was 2:54;o was more than 15 seconds under the official record but could not be recognized because she skated under the North American mass start rules!  While she qualified for the 1936 Olympics she decided to retire and not to participate. Later that year she married Russ Campbell and the couple settled in Owen Sound, Ontario. In 1972 she was inducted into the Canadian Speed Skating Hall of Fame and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.  Source: Canadian Sports Hall of Fame Accessed 2001.
Christine Boudrias. Born September 3, 1972. A member of the Canadian National Speed Skating Team since 1990/91, Christine is a 3 time Olympian with silver and bronze medals to her credit.
Sylvie Burka Born Winnipeg, Manitoba June 4, 1954. A top speed skater and cyclist she burst onto the Canadian sports scene first as a cyclist taking the 1970 Coors International Bike classic. She switched to speed skating and she took the 1973 world junior speed skating title. Set over 40 Canadian records and won 5 national speed skating titles. She won the world senior championship in 1976 and the sprint championship the next year. In cycling whe won three gold medals at the western Canada Games
Sylvie Daigle.  Born Sherbrooke, Quebec February 29, 1962.  She began speed skating when she was 8 years old.. She would go on in her sport to win an Olympic gold medal at the Calgary games 1988 in the 1500m event and sliver medals in the 1000m and 3000m events. In the  Albertville Olympic Games it was gold again, this time as part of the short track relay event. The Lillehammer Olympics would be a silver medal again in the relay.  She is also a student in medicine at l'Université de Montréal.
Catriona LeMay Doan.  Born December 23,  1970.  This young skater from the Canadian prairies is a member of the national long track speed skating team.  She won 2 medals in the Olympics in Nagano, Japan.  In 1997-8 she was the fastest woman on ice!  She lost only one 500m race all year! She is actively involved in public speaking where she is challenging and motivating people to achieve their full potential. In the 2002 Olympic Winter Games she became the first Canadian individual to successfully defend a gold medal at any games.
Cindy Klassen Born Winnipeg, Manitoba August 12, 1976. It seems Cindy has always loved and been involved in sports. In 1994 she was a member of the field Lacrosse team in a demonstration sport at the Commonwealth Games. In 1996 she was a member of Canada's National Junior Women's Hokey team. Her real love however is speed skating which she began when she was 18. In 2002 she was second in the world all-round championships. February 10, 2002 she won the Canada's first medal of the 2002 Olympic Games, a bronze, in the 3000m event.  In 2003 she clinched the number one spot as World All-round Speed Skating Champion. in 2005, suffering from a bad cold she was second in this world event.
Annie Perreault. Born July 29, 1971.  Annie, who hails from Windsor, Quebec, has been a member of the National Short Track Speed Skating Team for more than 12 years. She is one of Canada's most decorated female Olympians with credits of one bronze medal and two gold medals. She also coaches some of her family members who have also become recognized skaters. She enjoys her sport and wants to maintain her performance level and to have fun while doing it. 
Catherine Priestner-Allinger

née Priestner Born Windsor, Ontario May 27, 1956. She joined the national speed skating team in 1971 and that same year she won gold and silver medals at the Canada Winter Games. She was a member of the 1972 winter Olympic team but it was not until she spent more time in international competitions winning podiums that she would stand on the Olympic podium. In 1976, at the Innsbruck Olympic Games she became the first Canadian woman to win an individual medal with a silver in the 500 metre event. In 1975 she was Calgary’s Athlete of the year and in 1976 she was inducted into the Alberta Hall of Fame and received the Governor General’s Award of Excellence. In 1981 she was inducted into the Canadian Speed Skating Hall of fame. After retiring from competition she established a successful career as an Olympic television commentator with the CBC and CTV. She worked as an organizer for the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics and with the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.

Jean Wilson. Born Glasgow, Scotland July 19, 1910. Died September 3, 1933. In 1931 she was the North American indoor speed skating champion.  At the 1932 Olympics when women’s speed skating was a demonstration sport, Jean won the 500m race in 58 seconds and came second in the 1500 m event.  At only 23 years of age she died from a progressive muscular disease. She was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1955.
Sports  Administrators
Roberta "Bobbie" Steen

Born April 9, 1946, North Vancouver, British Columbia. Died  November 12, 1995, Burnaby, British Columbia. A tireless promoter of B.C. and national sporting opportunities for women.  In 1990 she was founding chair and executive director of Promotion Plus, the B.C. organization for girls and women in sport and physical activity. She was chair, Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity and co-chair, British Columbia. Games Society. In 1994, she was named volunteer of the year by the Canadian Sport Council, the first time that the national sport community recognized an individual for increasing opportunities for girls and women. The Bobbie Steen Legacy Foundations presents an annual award to an emerging female leader in British Columbia who demonstrates an interest in gender equality in sports. Coaches BC presents the Bobbie Steen Award of Excellence recognizing an individual who demonstrates exemplary leadership in sport  and serves as an outstanding model. Source: Vancouver Hall of Fame Online (Accessed November 2012)

 
Swimming     back
Gail Amundrud

Born Toronto, Ontario April 6, 1957. She began competitive swimming at the Ottawa Kingfish Club in 1967. She moved to Vancouver and continued her training with the Dolphin Swimming Club. All the training paid off. She was the first Canadian girl to swim 100meter free style under one minute at the 1973 World Championships. In 1974 at the Commonwealth Games she took two gold, silver and a bronze medal. She continued to swim breaking Canadian records and placing on the podiums in the 1976 Olympics ( Bronze in the 4X100 FS relay), and the Pan Am Games.  Suggest sources: Ferguson, Bob Who’s Who in Canadian Sport (Scarborough; Prentice Hall, 1977  pg. 5.

Sara Barber

Born January 25, 1941 Brantford, Ontario. As a teen she was a member of the Canadian International Swim teams from 1954 through 1962.In 1956 she was one of the youngest team members at the Melbourne Australia Olympic Games.  In 1959 she held the world record for the 100 meter back stroke. And won a silver medal at the Pan Am Games. In 1958 and 1969 she represented Canada at the British Empire Games and won silver and bronze medals. She is married to Donald Jenkins and they have three children. In 1964 she attended McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario for her BA and went on to earn her BNE. She is a member of the group of Olympians who were honoured in 2002 on the Brantford walk of Fame. Suggested source: Who’s who in Canadian Sport by Bob Ferguson.

Marilyn Bell. Born Toronto, Ontario October 19, 1937. t was September in 1954 when a 16-year-old Toronto Girl entered the Canadian National Exhibition sponsored marathon swim race across Lake Ontario. She was the only entrant to actually finish the 32-mile race. It took 21 hours! She was the first to successfully swim Lake Ontario. She is a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. She attended university and married and lives in the United States where she was teacher for 20 years . A back injury forced Mrs Di Lascio to give up swimming a few years ago. She enjoys coming home to Canada for visits as often as she can.
Ethel Viola Bieber

née Gilbert. Born Winnipeg, Manitoba May 6, 1920. Died October 22, 1988 Winnipeg, Manitoba. . She enjoyed swimming in at ten began a competitive career. At 15 she held the Nation Junior title for her freestyle events and was a member of 5 championship relay teams. All through the 1930’s and into the early 1940’s she would continue to hold provincial and national records in various events. She competed on five championship relay teams, but was best known as a long distance swimmer, winning the Wrigley Mile five times and the Western Canada Mile three times from 1937-1940.  In 1941 she won her last individual National title in the 200 yard freestyle. Unfortunately World War ll prevented any international competitions. She was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 1991.Sources: Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 24 October 1988, page 23. Memorable Manitobans. Profile by Kris Keen. Online (Accessed December 2011) ; Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame. Online (Accessed December 2011.

Michelle Cameron. Michelle Cameron Coulter Born December 28, 1962, Calgary, Alberta. From 1981through 1988 she was on the synchronized swimming team that would win 6 of 8 national championships. She was a member of the team that demonstrated the new sport to the International Olympic Committee to have the Games accept the sport. She and her partner Carolyn Waldo were the gold medal team in the 1988 Olympics. She is a member of the Alberta sports Hall of Fame and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. As of 2000 she is included in the International Aquatic Sports Hall of Fame. In 1988 she was inducted into the Order of Canada. In 1991 she was the Assistant Chief du Mission for the World Aquatic Gamed in Perth Australia and in 1996 she served as Athlete Services Officer for the Atlanta Olympic Games. She an active volunteer who has served on numerous Boards with Rogers Broadcasting, the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, special Olympics, and the Canadian Olympic Alumni. She began a charitable foundation that was inspired by her children called “A gift of Love” to share and help others and has her own company “Gold Medal Inspiration”. Michelle married Al Cameron and the couple have four children. Source: Alberta Sports Hall of Fame online (Accessed January 2014) ; michellecameroncoulter.ca (Accessed January 2014)
Karen Clark. Born April 9, 1972. She is a member of our Canadian Olympic Synchronized Swim Team. She earned a sliver medal at the Atlanta Olympic Gamed in 1996. She holds several Canadian titles and has won medals at the Pan American Games and the World Cup. She is also continuing her studies at the University of Calgary.
Leslie Cliff. Born 1March 11, 955.  One of Canada’s finest swimmers she won 27 gold, 19 sliver and 10 bronze international medals, including world and Olympic silver . She set Commonwealth Games records in 1974 in both the 200 and 400 meter events.
Phyllis Dewar. Born 1916. In 1934 & 1935 she held every single Canadian freestyle swimming record from 100 yards to one mile! She set records and won a gold medal at the British Empire Games and returned to the games in 1938 for another gold medal triumph.  She is a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
Sylvie Fortier. Born July 31, 1953. Between 1973 and 1976 Sylvie won 24 national level individual and team synchronized swimming gold medal! She also holds 7 medals from the 1975 & 1976 Pan American and Pan Pacific Games and won the world championship title in 1976. She is a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
Sylvie Frechette Born Montreal, Quebec June 27, 1967.Swimming has always been her passion. She was Female Athlete of the Year in Aquatic Sports in 1989, 1990, 1991 and 1992. She earned this distinction by winning Olympic medals, in Atlanta in 1996 a Silver, Olympic Gold in Barcelona in 1992, German Open Champion 1992, Japan Open Champion 1992, World Aquatic Champion 1991 where she was not only first but also set a world record. The list continues with medals won at the Fina World Cup 1991,and the the 1990 Commonwealth Games. In 1992 the Canadian Sports Federation created the Sylvie Frechette Award in her honour. Today she follows her sport closely while working as a professional in communications and marketing in the Montreal area.
Nancy Ellen Garapick.  Born Halifax, Nova Scotia September 24, 1961. A swimmer who did well in butterfly, free style and individual medley events she had the most success in the backstroke event.  She set the world record in 1975 and in the same year was named Canada’s female athlete of the year.  She was just 14 years old! In the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal she won two bronze medals.
Allison Higson Born Mississauga March 13, 1973. In 1985 this your breastroke swimmer set 11 records at a single swim meet! That same year she became the youngest medalist in the world when she won a bronze medal for the 200 m breastroke event. In 1986 the Canadian Amateur Swimming Association awarded her top Female Athlete of the year.
Marion Lay

Born 1823. Died 1872. Her father Philippe (Fillippe) was a soldier in the British army and in 1831 the family settled in Upper Canada on a farm in what is now Toronto, Ontario. Life was a struggle for the family which lost everything to fire in 1833. In early December 1837 rumblings of rebellion saw the father set out with his daughters, Charlotte and Cornelia to reach Government House. They encountered a group of rebels and Charlotte distracted the men allowing her father to slip past the rebels and make it to his destination. The following days were busy with rebellion d activities Charlotte worked behind enemy lines relaying messages. At one point she was shot and slightly wounded while dodging the rebels. There was a write up about the heroism of Charlotte and her sister in an American newspaper but there is no mention of the girls in Canadian contemporary newspapers. Little is known of this heroine after the Rebellion of 1837 other than she married an American and settled in the United States. De Grassi St. in Toronto is named after the girls’ father and the name is now famous with the TV series about De Grassi schools. Source: 100 more Canadian heroines by Merna Forester (Dundurn Press 1911) : Remembering the Don by Charles Sauriol (Consolidated Amethyst Communications, 1991)

Marianne Limpert Born Matagme, Quebec October 10, 1972. This swimmer has won 20 national titles and 81 international medals including Olympic silver. Marianne considers medal just symbols of her journey through life. She has been Swim Canada's top female athlete of the year in 1996, 1997 and 2000. At a qualifying event in 2000 she gave her place on the Olympic event to the young swimmer who placed 1/100 of a second behind her! A Maple Leaf tattoo just above her right ankle lets people know she is Canadian. Out of the pool she is a spokeswoman for the New Brunswick Arthritis Association and she has traveled with the "Future is Female" program that encourages girls to pursue their dreams.
Flora Miller

Born Hamilton, Ontario January 9, 1931. Flora started swimming at an early age in the local Jimmy Thompson pool. Even though she was an undersized youth she became a member of the Aquatic club and was  coached by Jimmy Thompson.  In local press articles she was often referred to as Mighty Mite or Mighty Mouse. In August 1947 she was a member of  Jimmy Thompson’s Hamilton Aquatic Club Swim Team attending the Canadian Swimming championships in Vancouver, British Columbia. Flora won gold in the Backstroke event. Upon her arrival back home the kids in her neighborhood threw a street parade for Flora. A few says after her return Icon Flora Henderson gave the young medal winner the key to the City of Hamilton in a ceremony on the steps at city hall. Flora married a former swim team colleague who was a club diver. In 1967 the couple moved for a new job with Stanley Steel in LaSalle , Quebec.  Swimming was just not a part of the passions of her children However Flora has hopes that a new great granddaughter , who loves swimming, may just take up the passion of the sport. Source: Ron Mackie oldguin86@yahoo.com

Vicki Keith Munro. Born Winnipeg, Manitoba February 26, 1961. A superb marathon swimmer, she would use the butterfly stroke to swim into the record books both nationally and internationally and all for the benefit of charity. In 1985 she swam her first world-record crossing of Lake Ontario. In 1988 she became the first person to swim cross all five Great Lakes. She also conquered the harbour in Sydney, Australia, the English Channel between Europe and England, and Juan de Fuca Strait on the North American west coast and Lake Winnipeg in the geographical heart of Canada. He sponsorships would earn hundreds of thousands of dollars most of which went to Variety Village to benefit disabled children. She was named a Member of the Order of Canada in 1992, earned the Variety Club Heart Award in 1989, B’Nai Brith Woman of the Year for 1989 and the Vanier Award in 1989 and was inducted into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame. Although she officially retired in 1991 from long distance swimming, she hit the waters of the lakes again in 2005 to raise awareness and funds for children with disabilities.
Cynthia Cindy Nicholas. Born Toronto, Ontario August 20,1957.  At 16 years old Cindy bettered the record for swimming Lake Ontario. In 1975 she swam the English Channel in record-breaking time. In 1977 she became the first woman to complete a double crossing of the English Channel  She would go on to swim the Channel 18 more times including 5 two-way trips! Her honorary title was Queen of the Channel.  She received the Order of Canada in 1979. She is a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. She was inducted into the Ontario Sport Legends Hall of Fame in 2003.
Anne Ottenbrite. Born May 12, 1966.  She was the first Canadian woman to win an Olympic gold medal in swimming. She won the medal in 1984 in the 200m-breastroke event. At the same games she won sliver in the 100m breaststroke and played a key role in the 400m-medley relay team that won bronze.  She is a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
Ann Louise Caspell Schulman (née Caspell) Born July 19, 1941, Kindersley, Saskatchewan. Died April, 23, 2003. In 1965 she graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Nursing Sciences (BSN). She worked as an oncology nurse not only serving child patients but also spending time serving the families as well. In 1987 she became an executive member of the Saskatchewan Institute for Prevention of Handicaps. 1988 she established Camp Circle of Friends for kids who lives were touched with cancer. She was motivated to take the job after her son suffered head injuries in an automobile accident. She also worked for programs for car safety restraints, shaken baby syndrome and fetal alcohol syndrome. She helped to establish a network of adolescent wellness centres located throughout her home province. As a volunteer her avocation was administration work for various swimming associations. From 1970 through 1983 she held various administrative positions at the Saskatoon Goldfin Swim Club and from 1983 to 1986 with the Saskatoon Laser Swim Club. In 1979 she bring the Western Canada Summer Games to her home town. She was a member of the executive of Swim Saskatchewan and worked with Jeux Games Canada. In 1993 she earned the SaskSport Inc. Volunteer Recognition Award which was followed in 1994 with the President’s Award from Participation Canada. In 1996 she was given the National President’s Award from Swimming Canada. She managed swim teams for events from local, provincial, national and the Olympic  Games. In 2001 she was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and in 2002 she received the Order of Canada. Source: Herstory: The Canadian Women’s Calendar 2008, Saskatoon Women’s Calendar  Collective (Coteau Books, 2007) p; The encyclopedia of Saskatchewan Online (Accessed January 2014) Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame. Online (Accessed January 2014)
Mary Stewart-McIlwaine

née Stewart. Born Vancouver, British Columbia December 8, 1945. Swimming was enjoyed by both Mary and her sister Helen. In 1956 when the Dolphin Swim Club was established in Vancouver what would be more natural for the sisters but to join in the swim of things. Freestyle swimming was Mary’s choice and the butterfly was her strength. At the 1959 Pan Am Games she won a sliver medal in the 4 X 100 freestyle relay. Her sister Helen was also a member of this team.  August 12, 1961 she broke the world record in women’s 100 m butterfly and would hold a second world record from July 28 1962 through to August 16, 1963. Before she was 17 she would claim every Canadian freestyle and Butterfly Record in all distances up to 220 yards showing that she deserved the 1961 Women’s Athlete of the Year Award. She followed this up with a gold medal (100 yd butterfly), 2 silver medals and a bronze medal in the British Empire/Commonwealth Games and 4 silver medals in the 1963 Pan Am Games. She was also a member of the Canadian Olympic Swim team in Tokyo, 1964. Mary was inducted into the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame in 1966. Mary retired from teaching with the Vancouver School Board in 2006. Source: British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame Online (Accessed June 2008)

Elizabeth "Betty" Edwards Tancock Born February 22, 1911. Died Toronto May 28, 2009. Her avocation was swimming. She graduated from the University of Toronto in 1933 and was inducted in the University Sports Hall of Fame in 1990. She was a silver medal winner in the 1930 British Empire Games. In 1932 she competed in the Los Angeles Summer games. She was part of the 4X100 freestyle relay that took fourth place.  She also competed in the 1934 British Empire Games. She would also set Canadian records for the 1,000 yards and one mile events.  She also served as President of the University of Toronto Women’s Swim Club. After her Olympic career she worked as an administrator at York University of Toronto.  In 2005, she was introduced to the Ontario Chapter of Olympians as Canada's oldest living Olympian. Source: Toronto Star.
Elaine Tanner- Watt Born Vancouver, British Columbia February 22, 1951.  When she was 6 her family moved to California where she took naturally to swimming. Back in Vancouver she joined the Dolphin Swimming Club. Standing 4’9” She became known as  “Mighty Mouse” for her swimming prowess, versatility and speed. At 15 years of age she was Canada’s outstanding athlete of the year, the youngest person to ever receive the Lou Marsh Trophy.   She holds 4 gold medals from Commonwealth Games 1966, plus 3 silvers and broke 2 world records!  She was the 1st Canadian Woman to ever win 4 gold. In 1967 she won 2 gold and 3 silver medals in the Winnipeg  Pan-American Games and broke 2 more world records. At the Mexico Olympic games in 1968 she provided Canada with 2 individual silver medals and a relay bronze medal. She is the 1st person ever to win 3 medals in a single Olympic Games and the 1st Canadian female swimmer to win a medal. . However all Canada asked “Why did you not win gold?”. The weight of not winning gold for Canada was the beginning of a downslide in life. At just 18 she retired from competition.    In 1969 she received the Order of Canada and in 1971 she was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. In her personal life she would marry and have two children only to find herself divorced and distanced from her family. Suffering from anorexia and depression she felt that they would be better off without her.  She worked at bringing herself out of this dark period of her life in the late 1980’s earning a diploma in kinesiology from Simon Fraser University in 1986. However it was not until she met John Watt in 1988 that she was able to gain stable ground. The couple now have a classic car business. Elaine has also counseled youth to not make excessive expectations of themselves. She has also done some writing which she has published on her website. She wants her story to be a help and encouragement to others. She and John also work advocating water safety and drowning prevention in Ontario. In 2010 the Canadian Sport Advisory Council voted Elaine into the Top 50 greatest Canadian Athletes of all time.   Sources: The Canadian Encyclopedia. - online.  Information provided by Thomas Brandenberg.: aquestbeyondgold.ca The Elaine Tanner-Watt website (Accessed January 2013)
Helen Vanderburg Born Calgary, Alberta  January 12,1959.  A synchronized swimmer who won the 1973 Canadian Junior Championship. By 1977 she placed first  at the Pan Pacific Games and swept the Canadian championships with 6 gold medals.  In 1978 she became  the first Canadian to win the world championship with gold medals in the  solo and duet events.  In 1979 she defeated 90 competitors to win the solo title at the world aquatic championships.  She was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1983.
Carolyn Waldo. Born Montreal, Quebec December 11, 1964. After nearly drowning at the age of 3 years she took 7 years to overcome her fear of the water. In the 1984 Olympics she captured a silver medal in synchronized swimming! At the World Aquatic Championships she and partner Michelle Cameron won gold and Carolyn also took gold in the solo event.  In the 1988 Olympics she won gold in solo and again with Michelle won gold in duet.  She became the first Canadian woman to win 2 gold medals at one Olympics. She currently perusing a career in sports broadcasting.
Rhoda Isabella Wurtele-Eves Born Montreal, Quebec January 21, 1922.. As a young girl she and her twin sister Rhona enjoyed competitive swimming winning both provincial and national swimming titles in the 50 and 100 yard freestyle events. With her twin sister Rhoda,  she won the Canadian Female Athlete of the year in 1944
She loved competitive skiing and while her promising sports career was interrupted by World War ll she earned placement in the winners circle in North American events prior to being  a member of the 1948 and 1952 Canadian Olympic ski teams.
Rhona Wurtele-Gillis Born Montreal, Quebec January 21, 1922. She attended both, Sir George Williams University, Montreal, and the University of Oregon for her education. As a youth she excelled in competitive swimming winning both Quebec provincial and Canadian National swimming titles in the 50 and 100yard freestyle events. With her twin sister Rhoda,  she won the Canadian Female Athlete of the year in 1944. BY 1950 she was earning US National titles in skiing in slalom, downhill and giant slalom events. She was a member of the 1948 Canadian ski team for the Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland. By 1973 she was showing her abilities as a member of the Quebec Ladies Interprovincial golf team. In 1982 she was inducted into the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame.
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Roxanne Forget A 5-Dan Black belt in taekwondo, Roxanne won the gold medal at the Pan American Games in 1990. In 2001 she was considered the underdog in the competition but came through to win the gold medal at the World Cup held in Vietnam.
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Ethel Mary Babbit

née Hatt. Born Fredericton, New Brunswick July 13, 1876. Died August 20, 1969. A well rounded Athlete Ethel enjoyed and excelled playing in hockey, golf and Tennis. She appeared in both amateur and professional leagues. She was an accomplished tennis player from 1908 through 1927 . She earned titles in Ladies singles and mixed doubles and took national honours in 1910. As a mother of three children she turned to hockey in winter and enjoyed Golf in the Maritime summers. She was the provincial champion and top scorer for the Charlestown Abbies hockey tem in 1937-38 and played with the Hibbing Monarchs the next year. In 1946 she was with the Maritime Intermediates of the Charlestown Legion hockey Team.  She played in Moncton in 1947 and 1948. She was an 8 time member of the PEI Willington Cup golf team between 1939 and 1962. She was ten times in the Canada Amateur Golf Championships and 29 times in the Canadian Professional Golf Association as well as from 1969 through 1976 she was seven times Maritime Champion. She is a welcome member of the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame. Suggested sources: New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame on line.

Carling Kathrin Bassett-Seguso. Born Toronto, Ontario October 9, 1967.  This young tennis player burst onto the Canadian sports scene in 1981 when she won the Canadian indoor junior title.  In 1982 she was ranked the number 1 junior in the world. She turned professional in 1983 and played in such international events as the French and Australian Opens and at Wimbledon.  She retired from competition in 1988. 
Marjorie Blackwood

Born Ottawa, Ontario May 1, 1957. She seemed to have always loved tennis. From 1972-1980 she was a member of the Canadian Fed Cup Team. All in all she would capture 14 titles in singles and double play. She was three time Canadian Champion and was ranked by the World Tennis Association 50 top players. From 1977-1979 she was the top ranked player in Canada. In 1983 she was ranked # 48 in the world. She has been able to follow her sport into a professional career and is the Director of Tennis at Whistler , British Columbia Racquet Club. Suggested sources: Who’s Who in Canadian Sports by Bob Ferguson and the Whistler B.C. Racquet Club online.

Susan Butt

Born Vancouver, British Columbia March 19, 1938. She studied for her B.A. and her Masters at the University of Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. She also received her PhD and earned the respectful title of Doctor. She married Dr. W.D. Liam Fin and the couple have two children. Her joi de vive was enhanced by her avocation for the sport of tennis. In 1960-61 and again in 1967 she was ranked #1 in Canadian singles.  In 1971-72 she returned time to her sport as the non playing Captain for the Canadian Federation Cup team. In all she was the winner of more than 60 Canadian singles and doubles titles. She was a gold medalist in doubles in the 1st Canada Games. She also enjoyed serving her sport and was Vice President of the Canadian Lawn Tennis Association in 1971-71. Combining her love of her professional life and her sport she wrote a book: The Psychology of Sport. Suggested source: Who’s Who in Canadian Sport by Bob Ferguson.

Jane Young Cooper Born 1965, Waterloo, Ontario. In 1983 her love of tennis and a racket borrowed from her brother both  helped her to win the Canadian Junior Championship. In 1984 she was presented with a full sports scholarship to the University of Mississippi where she received a BA in Business and administration in 1988. In 1984 she earned the Canadain National Female Sportsmanship Award and the following year, 1985, she was the Canadian Women’s Tennis Champion. In 1986 she was presented the Outstanding Young Citizen Award. in 1987 she was winner of the Tennis teaching professional outstanding Service Award. Her sport took her around the world in competition. Once she had retired from competition she earned a degree in Law from the University of Ottawa and was called to the Bar. Jane married Mark Cooper in 1997 and she works as an assistant Crown Attorney for Waterloo Region of Ontario. Source: Waterloo Region Hall of Fame. Online (Accessed July 2014)
Sarah Hunter

Born White Rock, British Columbia March 16, 1965. As a youngster she loved sports playing in her brother’s soccer league and she was the first girl in her home town to play little league baseball. She became an official at local men’s hockey tournaments. She worked as a youth supervisor at a youth custody centre when on January 23, 1997 while playing hockey she suffered a spinal cord injury that left her with limited mobility in her arms and legs. She became confined to a wheelchair. After extensive rehabilitation the avid sports enthusiast and sports participant was introduced to Have-A-Go Days where people with disabilities were allowed to try various sports and she fell in love with wheelchair tennis. By 200 she was the most improved athlete of the years of the Canadian Tennis Federation. Not only does she play her beloved sport but she is Director of Tennis Canada’s Wheelchair Division. She is a certified tennis instructor and runs beginner tennis programs for both able bodied and disabled student. With her life partner Janet Petros, in March 2006 she became one of a handful of quadriplegic women in Canada to carry a full tem pregnancy. The couple are proud parents of a daughter, Katie.  In 2008- and 2009 she was the Female Athlete of the year of the Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association. Source: Accidental Rebel by Charlie Gillis September 24, 2007 Macleans.ca http://macleans.ca/article...   accessed June 2011.

Patricia Hy-Boulais. Born Phnom Penh, Kampuchea August 22, 1965.  This tennis player began her career in Honk Kong before moving to Canada. Canadian Champion from 1992 through 1999. She has also represented Canada at two Olympic games.
Helen Mersi Kelesi. Born Victoria, British Columbia November 15, 1969. This tennis player had a form that was so flamboyant on the courts that she was known as "Hurricane Helen". She was chosen as Canada's Female Athlete of the Year in 1990.  She began to suffer from headaches and blackouts and was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She survived several operations and returned to her sport as a coach with Tennis Canada.  She is also a "Colour News Commentator" for many major tennis events. She is also a motivational speaker for the Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada.
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Natasha Cecily Bacchus Born Toronto, Ontario 1977. Being hearing impaired has never deterred the efforts of this internationally successful track athlete. She began running when she was 10, continued training and attended her first World Summer Games for the Deaf in Bulgaria in 1993. She came home with a gold medal and a sliver medal in the 100 metre and 200 metre event. Since her debut she has competed in Denmark, Germany and other countries. Her accomplishments of some 50 gold medals and trophies have been recognized by such awards as the Jo-Anne Robenson Award for Female Athlete of the Year in 1997, the Harry Jerome Award for Athlete of the Year in 1995 and the Outstanding Achievement in Athletics from the Guyanese Heritage and Cultural Association. Currently studying at university on scholarships she hopes to work with children and be a voice for the needs of other hearing impaired youth in our communities.
Marjorie Evelena Bailey

Born Lockeport, Nova Scotia November 21, 1947. A Practical Nurse by profession, her avocation was track and field especially track sprinting. She competed internationally for Canada. In 1975 she won a bronze medal for the 100 meter in the Pan Am Games. She now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia and enjoys life with her son, Anthony. Suggested source: Who’s who in Canadian Sports by Bob Ferguson.

Gertrude Young Beattie (née Phinney) Born January 18, 1909 (sometimes recorded as 1910)  Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia . Died March 8, 2006, Wolfville, Nova Scotia.  Gertrude was a star athlete at Wolfville High School. She went on to Dalhousie University in Halifax where she enjoyed playing basketball and participating in track and field at the Halifax-Dartmouth Athletic Club. She earned a position on the 1928 Olympic track and field team, the 1st Olympic Games for Canadian women to participate but her father refused to let her attend the Games because he believed competition was too strenuous for a woman. She continued to compete in Canada where over 5 years she won over 40 gold medals, including Canadian championships 1927-1929. In 1929 she transferred to Acadia University to study home economics. Here, she played varsity basketball and tennis. Acadia University did not allow track and field events for women because the sports coach for women felt it was too strenuous. She graduated in 1932 and two years later she married Brennan Young (   - 1974). She continued to teach while raising their 5 children A Widow, she remarried in 1978 to Thomas Beattie.  Returning to University when a senior she earned a Bachelor of Education degree in 1981. Gertrude Beattie was one of the 1st two women inducted into the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame. In 2012 she became the 1st woman to be added to the Wall of Honour, Lawrenceville, Nova Scotia. Source: Obituary, Chronical Herald, April 27, 2006. ; Wall of Honour, Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia Online (Accessed January 2014)
Debbie Brill. Born March 10, 1953, Mission British Columbia. She began competitive track and Field in 1966 when she was just 13 years old and appeared in her 1st international event at 15. At 16 she became the 1st North American woman to cleat 6’ in the high jump. She used a style of jump that became known as the “Brill Bend”. It was a style that revolutionized this event. Debbie has held the Canadian high jump record since 1969. That year she won a gold medal at the 1st Pacific Conference Games. She took gold again at the 1977 games. In 1970 she earned gold at the Commonwealth games and in 1971 gold at the Pan Am Games. She was disillusioned in the 1972 Olympic Games and retired from competition. In 1975, confidence returned and she returned to place 4th at the 1977 Pan Am Games and a bronze medal at the World Cup. In 1978 she earned a silver at the Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, Alberta. In 1979 she took a gold at the World Cup in Montreal and was ranked #1 in the world. Canada boycotted the 1980 Olympics so Debbie continued to compete and in 1982 jumped 1.99 meters at the World Indoor High Jump Record just 5 months after giving birth to her son and went on to earn gold in the Commonwealth Games that year. In 1983 she was presented with the Order of Canada.  She set her final outdoor record 1.98 meters (6’6”) in September 1984. In 1989 she was inducted into the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame. During her days of competition she would attend 65 National and International competitions.  In 1999 she broke the World Masters (athletes over 45 years) record and in 2004 she broke the over 50 Masters record in Australia. Source: British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame Online (Accessed March 2014)
Ethel Catherwood. Born Hannah, North Dakota, U.S.A.  April 28, 1908. Died September 26, 1987.The family moved to Canada in 1910.  Ethel was on the 1928 Canadian Olympic team, the first Olympic games to allow women to compete. She won a gold medal for Canada in the high jump when she cleared 5feet 2 inches (1.588m). She is a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. Updated October 12, 2008. Updated information was supplied by K. V. Booth., a relative of Ethel.
Angela Chalmers

Born Brandon, Manitoba September 6, 1963. Even as a child on a military base in Shilo, Manitoba she enjoyed participating in sports days and running events. At 11 she knew she wanted to run in the Olympic Games. When the e family relocated to British Columbia she began running at school track meets and then at a club which saw her traveling to competitions throughout the Province and even into the U.S. At 13 she was back in Manitoba and competing in national events as  National Junior Champion competing with your of 18 years of age. While attending Northern Arizona University in the U.S.A. Angela was 8 time All American in track and cross—country running. In 1990 she competed in the Commonwealth games and won double gold, the first ever to win both the 1,500 and the 3,000 m events. That year the Manitoba Sports Writers named her “Athlete of the Year’ and she also picked up the national Phil Edwards Trophy as outstanding Track Athlete. In 1992 she attained her dream of running in the Olympics winning a bronze medal in the 3,000 m event in Barcelona, Spain. She says one of her proudest moments was when she led the Canadian tem into the Centennial Stadium, Victoria British Columbia. That same yeas Angela, now sporting the Sioux name ”Walks Fast Woman” won an Aboriginal Achievement Award. She was unable to participate in the 1996 Olympics due to injuries. In 2001 Angela was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame. Sources: Honour Song : A tribute by Barbara Hagen, Vancouver, Raincoast Books, 1996. ; Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame www.sportshalloffame.mb.ca (accessed September 2011)

Myrtle Cook ( married name McGowan) Born Toronto, Ontario January 5, 1902. Died 1985. While she excelled in track, Myrtle was an excellent all around athlete. In the 1928 Olympics (the first Olympic Games to allow women to compete) she was the anchor leg of the gold medal winning 400 m relay.  She also held national and British Empire Games medals. She is a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
Charmaine Crooks Born Jamaica. She emigrated to Canada when she was 6 years old. At 16 she took her favourite sport of running seriously and made the 1980 Olympic team. She would go on in her sport to win medals at the Olympics, Commonwealth and Pan American Games as well as the World Cup. She was time Canadian National Champion in the 400 and 800 metre event and was the first Canadian to break the to minute barrier for the 800 m distance. In 1996 she was Canada's flag bearer for the opening ceremony at the Olympics in Atlanta. She continued her Olympic commitment by being a founding member of the International Olympic Committee Ethics Commission and worked on the IOC Press Commission and the Culture and Education Committee. She received recognition for her community service with the 1992 Governor General's Award. It is no surprise to learn that she is working on the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Committee!!
Amy Diooenbaker

Wheelchair sports Champion

At 14 she had an operation after a ski accident but there was the complication of gangrene and lost the use of a leg.  At that time she was told that she would never finish school nor would she have a career. These statements just fueled her youthful determination. She became a wheel chair athlete playing basketball and claiming three world wheelchair track records. She also really enjoys the thrill of kayaking. She attended the University of Guelph in Ontario where she became a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. In 1992, just after being out of school a few years she was diagnosed with having Multiple Sclerosis. This did not slow her career as a vet or her enjoyment and participation in sports. She runs her own companion animal mobile service in Chelsey, Ontario which has earned her an entrepreneurial award in 200. In 1998 she earned the King Clancy Award in sports and in 2001 she was inducted into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame. She has raised more than $20,000.00 for Cancer Research with her participation in the Terry Fox Runs over the years. She has also begun to express herself by playing the violin and is learning how to construct her own instrument. To totally relax she enjoys gardening. Source: Saskatoon Women’s Calendar Collective. Herstory 2007: the Canadian Women’s Calendar (Regina: Coteau Books, 2006)  pg. 28

Dana Ellis Born December 7, 1979, Kitchener, Ontario. At four she was taking classes in gymnastics and loving it. She would carry on and earn a position on the Canadian National Gymnastics Team. However an injury prevented her from continuing in gymnastics and she tuned to track and field , specifically pole vault. In 2002 she was athlete of the year at the University of Waterloo. From 2000 through 2008 she was the indoor and outdoor Canadian National Record holder in Women’s Pole Vault. In 2004 and 2005 she was a gold medalist at the Canadian National Track and Filed Championships. At the 2006 Athens Olympic Games she placed 6th and 4th in the Commonwealth Games and was Canada’s Field Athlete of the Year. She could not compete in the Beijing Olympics due to injuries. Her sporting career did not interrupt her scholastic studies. She spent 2 years at St Mathew’s School of Medicine in the Grand Cayman Islands before transferring to Tulane University in Louisiana, U.S.A. to be near her husband who was a fellow pole vaulter and coach in the sport. Dr. Elles may have retired officially from her sport in 2008 but she still has the urge now and then and had to wait until the feeling passes. Sources: Waterloo Region Hall of Fame. Online (Accessed July 2014) ; g. Mercier ‘Dr. Ellis put pole vault firmly in her past. Waterloo Region Record Online (Accessed August 2014)
 
Abigail Hoffman.  Born Toronto, Ontario February 11, 1947.   At 15 she won her first national championship in the 880-yard foot race.  She competed internationally for Canada at many events, including 4 Olympic games, 4 Pan-American Games and 2 Commonwealth Games. A champion for athlete’s rights and women in sport she is following a solid career as a sports administrator.
Diane Jones Konihowski. Born Vancouver, British Columbia 1951.  As an athlete, she first competed in pentathlon and track and field internationally in 1967. She would go on to win gold medals in the 1975 and 1979 Pan-American Games, as well as gold in t he 1978 Edmonton Commonwealth Games. After leaving competition she continued her career as an amateur sports administrator. Her work included working with the Alberta Sports Council until 1994.  She is a Member of the Order of Canada. 
Aileen Alethea Meagher

Born November 26, 1910, Edmonton Alberta. Died 1987. She attended Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and received a teaching degree. On July 1, 1932 she participated in her 1st major track meet where she gained a position on the Canadian Olympic Track team. In 1934 she took a Bronze medal at the British Empire Games in 400 meter relay. In 1935 she was declared Canada’s Outstanding Woman Athlete and Canadian Athlete of the Year.  In 1936 at the Berlin Olympic Games she won silver and bronze medals on the track. In 1938 at the British Empire Games in Sydney Australia she won two medals. She is a member of the Nova Scotia and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.  The Aileen Meagher International Track Classic is held as an annual event in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Sources: Herstory: A Canadian Women’s calendar 2012. Coteau Books, 2011. ; Who’s Who in Canadian Sport by Bob Ferguson, Prentice Hall, 1977.

Leah Pells Born Vancouver, British Columbia September 11, 1964. She has loved to run since she was very young. She joined the Canadian team in 1990 and dedicated herself to being a full time athlete. She has represented Canada at 2 Olympic Games, 2 Commonwealth Games and has competed in 4 athletics World Championships. Her forth place finish at the age of 32, at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 was down to the wire! In 1999 she married, literally the boy next door, John Turenne. July 1, 2002 she became a first time mother to a son. Still dedicated to her sport she does public appearances  for sports organizations and writes a column 'On the Run With Leah' for her local newspaper.
Chantal Peticlerc.

Wheelchair sports

Born Saint-Marc-des Carriéres, Quebec  December 15, 1969. This television host for Lotto Quebec has become the first woman Canadian star in the sport of wheelchair athletics. In the summer of 1995 she won 5 gold medals at the world championships for wheel chair athletics, and in 1996 she brought home 5 medal from the Paralympics.  Go ahead find out more about Chantal and other paralympians on the Internet.
Fanny “Bobbie” Rosenfeld. Born Russia December 28, 1903. Died November 14, 1969. In 1950 she was declared Canada’s woman athlete of the half century. She was a member of the 1928 Olympic team. These were the first Olympic Games to allow women to compete. She brought home a silver and gold medal for Canada! She is a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame
Ethel Smith. Born December 31, 1907. She teamed with Bobbie Rosenfeld, Myrtle Cook and Jane Bell to win the gold medal in the 400m relay at the 1928 Olympic games, the fist games that allowed women to compete. She also won the bronze medal in the 100m sprint at the same games. A natural athlete she excelled at basketball and softball as well as track and field. She is a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
Hilda Strike. Born September 1, 1910. An avid participant in almost every sport at high school she was encouraged to join the Canadian Ladies Athletic Club. At the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics she won silver in the 100m sprint and silver as part of the relay team.  She is a member to the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
Angella Taylor.  (née Issajenko)  Born Jamaica, September 28, 1958.  Known in her sports career as Angella Taylor, she is one of Canada’s outstanding sprinters.  She holds international medals from the Commonwealth, Olympic, Pan-American, and World University games.  She has been female athlete of the year and holds 7 Canadian Championship titles.  She became a Member of the Order of Canada in 1985.
Thelma Sonia Wright née Wright Born Eastbourne, England October 9, 1951.She attended the University of British Columbia earning a Bachelor degree in Physical Education and then earned her teacher’s certificate while maintaining her sport career.  She joined the Canadian Track and Field National team in 1969 and for a decade held a position on the world competitive podium establishing a role model for those who follow. She specialized in running middle distances and later in cross country running. She has won sliver medals at the World Student Games (1972) and the Mexico Pan-Am Games (1975) Add to these,  bronze medals at the Commonwealth Games (1970), US Cross Country (1970) , Pan Pacific Games (1973), Commonwealth Games (1974) and the 1975 New Zealand Games. It is impressive podium time. She was a member of the Canadian Olympic Track and Field team in 1972 and 1976. During her career Wright was a four time Canadian champion in the 1500 metre, and seven-time Canadian champion in the cross-country. Returning to the University of British Columbia 1987 she was coach to the track and field team for one year and during the summer of 1988 coached UBC's cross-country team. In 1988 she was also responsible for resurrecting University‘s track and field summer sports camp. She has been inducted into the UBC Sports Hall of Fame and the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame.
Hilda May Cameron Young

Born Toronto, Ontario August 14, 1912. Died April 2001. She always loved to run. She competed in the 1934 British Empire Games where she finished firth in the 22o yard competition. The coaches  then suggested that she run a shorter distance. Although eliminated from the 100 yard individual event in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin Germany she and her team mates Dorothy Brookshaw, Mildred Dolson and Aileen Meagher would win the Bronze medal in the 100 yard relay (4 X 100). Hilda later married and spent the rest of her life in her beloved Toronto. Source: http://www.absoluteastronomy.com/topics/Hilda_Cameron  (Accessed May 2009).

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Maryse Turcotte In 1990, while a student in high school, she helped out at a sports event in weightlifting and she fell en love with the sport. In 1997 she made history by becoming the first woman in the America's to lift double her body weight. She has earned a silver medal at the 1998 World Championships, a gold medal at  the Pan American Games in 1999 and gold in both 2000 and 2001 College and University World Games. She place forth in the Olympics in Sydney Australia.
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Tina Poitras.  Born Thompson, Manitoba October 5, 1970. Tina grew up in Hull, Quebec across the river from Canada's capital, Ottawa.  This athlete is a race walker who specializes in the 10 km walk. She is currently ranked number 1 in this event in Canada.  She participated, for Canada, in the 1996 Olympic Games in this event. 
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Ann Klager Higgs

Born 1949, Hespler, Ontario In the 1969-1970 season she was the Overall Canadian Women’s Waterskiing Champion. In 1969 she won gold medals in Slalom, Tricks and Jumps at the Canada Summer Games in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In August 1970 she won the Canadian Women’s Overall Championship for a second time. Unfortunately in 1971 she was injured and forced to retire from her sport. Source: Waterloo Region Hall of Fame. Online (Accessed July 2014)

Beth Leboff Born Montreal, Quebec. It seemed that when she was growing up at her family cottage in the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec that all she wanted to do was water ski. Then she learned how to do it bare foot! She was hooked. The family found her a coach. She won the Canadian National Slalom event in 1991. In 1992 she swept gold in the overall category. She was the Quebec Water ski federation athlete of the Year for both 1991 and 1992. It was in 1992 she would become the only Canadian to win a world record elite title in barefoot water skiing. She accomplished this honour in grace and determination setting a new Canadian record in Women's jumping. She is currently practicing law in fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.A. where she is a mother of 2 children.
Judy McClintock-Messer née McCintock. Born 1963. The entire family of five brothers and one sister enjoyed water skiing. 4 family members would go on to be National Team Members. Judy won her first national title when she was just 9!  Between 1979 and 1995 she competed every year. She holds 2 word titles in tricks and overall water skiing categories. Her titles were won ten years apart in 1985 and 1995! Her career saw her break Canadian records 48 times! She won a a total of 30 national titles and claimed 4 masters titles. Retired from competitive water skiing she now enjoys competing in long distance running like the Boston Marathon. In summer 2005, Judy was inducted into the International Water Skiing Hall of Fame.
Pat Messner Born Hamilton, Ontario March 17, 1954. This former Girl Guide was the first Canadian woman to win a world championship in waterskiing in 1979. She is also the first Canadian woman to win an Olympic medal in her sport. Pat won a bronze Olympic medal in the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany. She holds 19 Canadian titles and 20 national records. She is also the first Canadian woman to have won the United States Master’s waterskiing title. She is the founder of the Water Ski and Wakeboard Canadian Hall of Fame. In her spare time she has a career as a high school teacher, musician and paramedic. She was inducted into the Order of Canada in 1980, the youngest Canadian woman to ever receive this honour.
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Carol Huynh

Born November 16, 1980 New Hazelton, British Columbia. Her parents were refugees from Vietnam who were sponsored by the United Church of Canada. She and her sisters all enjoyed wrestling when growing up but she was the one who joined competitions. In 1998 she stared university studies at Simon Fraser and in 2007 studied at the University of Calgary in Alberta. In 2005 she married Dan Biggs, the son of a former wrestler. In the 2008 Beijing Olympics she won gold in the 48kg weight class women wrestling. It was a first gold medal for Canada in this sport and she had defeated a 3 time world champion to gain the medal. Source: United Church Observer www.ucobserver.org October 2008.

Christine Nordhagen Vierling Born Alberta June 26, 1971. In ten years of competition, Christine won 10 consecutive Canadian Championships and 6 world titles! In 2004 women's wrestling was finally established as and Olympic sport and Christine placed 5th for team Canada. She is married and teaches physical education at a Calgary high school.
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