One of the world’s largest and more prestigious sporting events – the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup – once again put British Columbia in the international spotlight. The World Cup will provide a lasting legacy for girls/women and sport in BC. This tournament brought some of the best female athletes in the world to Canada… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Athlete
Tracy Wilson was a National Champion in Ice Dancing with partner Rob McCall. They won seven national championships from 1982 to 1988, and won the bronze medal on their at the 1988 Calgary Olympics.
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.
Elaine Tanner, known as “Mighty Mouse” captured four gold medals in Swimming at the 1966 Commonwealth Games. She was named Canada’s Best Female and Best Overall Athlete in 1966.
Alison Sydor and was a three-time consecutive World Champion (1994 to 1996), a three-time overall World Cup Mountain Bike Champion (1996, 1998 and 1999) and a silver medalist in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.
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.
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 won six Commonwealth Games medals in Badminton and was the first Canadian female athlete to compete in five Commonwealth Games.
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.
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.