Posts Categorized: Advocate

Patricia Vertinsky

Dr. Patricia Vertinsky is a clear pioneer in gendered sport and health culture. She is regarded as perhaps the most influential thinker and producer in the fields relating to sport studies. As a social and cultural historian her research has focused on the body and its role in society. She is past-president of the North… Read more »

Sue Griffin

As a young girl, Sue could be found on an outdoor rink taking figure skating lessons, on a field playing field hockey, hiding behind the portable during track and field practices or on horseback competing in show jumping at local gymkhanas. Watching Rod Laver compete at Wimbledon as a young teenager led to her love… Read more »

Debbie Pyne

Debbie Pyne has devoted a lifetime of work to create opportunities for young girls and women in sport here in British Columbia. Her involvement with ProMOTION Plus and CAAWS began in 1994, almost thirty years ago, to pilot the “On the Move” program.  A national program to inspire young girls to participate in sport and… Read more »

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.