Helen and Margaret Callaghan Helen Callaghan (d. 1992) played 5 seasons as a center-fielder for the All-American Girls’ Professional Baseball League from 1944 to 1949. Her sister Margaret Callaghan played infield for 8 seasons for the same league from 1944 to 1951. Their story was the inspiration behind the much acclaimed Hollywood film “A League… Read more »
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 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.
Andrea Neil’s achievements in women’s Soccer in Canada make her a trailblazer in the sport. Having played for both the Vancouver Whitecaps women’s team and the Canadian Women’s National team, Andrea reached the 100 mark in games played.
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.
Darlene Currie played on the Canadian National Women’s Basketball Team from 1959 to 1968. She won gold in the 2005 World Masters Games with the Vancouver Retreads Basketball team in the 65+ category inspiring the film “The Oldest Basketball Team in the World”.
Shirley (Gordon) Olafsson was one of the world’s top high jumpers. In the 1948 London Olympics she placing 10th out of 62 countries. In the 1950s, she coached and managed basketball teams and officiated at the 1954 British Empire Games in Vancouver.
Kathy Newman is dedicated to improving the lives of countless individuals with disabilities by removing barriers to participation in sport from the grassroots to the international level. She was integral in the creation of the Bridging the Gap Program and is one of CAAWS 2006 Women of Influence alumni.
Allison McNeill has been the head coach of the Canadian National Women’s Basketball Team and led them to the World Championships in 2006, 2009 and 2010. She is an accomplished keynote speaker and provides female basketball coaches with many mentorship opprtuities.
Diane Clement became the first New Brunswick male or female athlete to compete in the Summer or Winter Olympics, running in the 100 and 220 yard dash, and 440 yard relay. Diane is the first woman to coach the University of British Columbia’s women’s track team and is the co-founder of the Vancouver Sun Run,… Read more »