Posts Categorized: Advocate

Ruth Wilson

Ruth Wilson (d. 1982) was considered BC’s best all-around female athlete throughout the 1940s and 50s. She is best known for her hard work as an athlete and advocate of women’s Basketball.

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.

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.

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.

Marion Lay

Marion Lay was Canada’s 100m freestyle Swimming champion (1964-68) winning bronze at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics with the 100m freestyle relay team. She is a long time advocate for women in sport and a founding member of ProMOTION Plus and CAAWS.

Isabell Cavallin

Isabell Cavallin (d. 1994) was an advocate for the rights of people with intellectual disabilities. Her contribution to sport includes training track athletes with intellectual disabilities with the Burnaby Athletic Club.

Sandra Stevenson

Sandra Stevenson was an elite athlete winning nine national Badminton titles. She has spent over 40 years on the playing field, in the classroom, and in the boardroom and as a senior sport executive.

Roberta “Bobbie” Steen

Roberta Steen (d. 1995) was a dedicated teacher, coach, volunteer, administrator and advocate for women in sport. For the 1994 Commonwealth Games, she successfully lobbied for more sport events for women, resulted in the gender equity beakthroughs that characterized those games and its future policies.

Tricia Smith

Tricia Smith has made significant contributions to the sport of Rowing through her athletic and sport administration skills. Tricia’s first Olympic Games were in 1976 in Montreal, which was the first-ever Olympic regatta for women.

Wendy Ladner-Beaudry

Wendy Ladner-Beaudry (d. 2009) was a nationally ranked swimmer, a member of the Ontario and BC senior field hockey teams, and a FIS World Masters champion in telemark skiing. Wendy focused on increasing participation and developing knowledge and awareness of physical literacy.