Posts By: Jason Beck

Violet Pooley Sweeny

Violet Pooley Sweeny was a true golf pioneer, winning multiple golf championships throughout the Pacific Northwest during the early 1900s and travelling overseas to compete in the British Ladies Open. Violet also founded the Canadian Ladies Golf Union, and the BC chapter of the union of which she was president of for 13 years.

Donalda Smith

Donalda Smith worked as a coach, judge and official for Synchronized Swimming for over 33 years. She was instrumental in promoting the inclusion of the sport in the 1984 Olympics.

Bev Smith

Bev Smith has contributed to women’s Basketball, both as an athlete and as a coach. She competed at the 1984 and 1996 Summer Olympics and is arguably the finest female basketball player Canada has ever produced.

Claire Sharpe

Claire Sharpe won six Commonwealth Games medals in Badminton and was the first Canadian female athlete to compete in five Commonwealth Games.

Erminia Russo

Erminia Russo has been a strong competitor for Team Canada in two World Championships, three World Cups and two Pan American Games. Russo competing in beach Volleyball at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.

Diane Nelson

Diane Nelson is a pioneer and former owner of the Vancouver Griffins female hockey team, attracting some of the finest women’s hockey talent in the world to BC.

Ann Mundigel Meraw

Ann Mundigel Meraw has set seven world marathon Swimming records. At the age of 10, she swam across Howe Sound. In 1958, she swam 88km, the length of Lake Okanagan in a record setting 32 hours and 12 minutes.

Karen Magnussen

Karen Magnussen was Canada’s only medalist in the 1972 Sapporo Olympics, winning a silver medal in Figure Skating. In 1971 and 1972 she was named Canadian Female Athlete of the Year.

Irene MacDonald

Irene MacDonald (d. 2002) advanced the sport of Diving as an athlete, coach, judge and commentator. She won a bronze medal at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and was the first Canadian to win an Olympic medal in diving.

Ljiljana Ljubisic

Ljiljana Ljubisic is a five-time Paralympian and six-time medalist, winning a gold medal in discus at the 1992 Barcelona Paralympian Games. She is a strong advocate for women in sport.