Year of Birth: 1958

Category: Athlete

Year of Induction: 2019

Key Contributions:

Jill Ross was a very versatile athlete in her competitive years, and was a top performer in the heptathlon. She was Canada’s top performer in the heptathlon from 1980 through 1984, and her Canadian record of 6,038 points stood from 1982 until 1993. Also, in 1982, she set a new Canadian Indoor Pentathlon Record of 4,523 points, and also a Canadian Record in the 60m Hurdles.

Her success in track and field began in 1979 where she competed at the Pan Am Games. In 1980 Jill was selected to the national Olympic team (boycott year), and later that year she competed in the Pan Pacific Games where she received a bronze medal. In 1982 she won another Bronze at the Commonwealth Games, and finished 5th at Gotzis in the Heptathlon, with a Commonwealth record of 6,034 points. She was also 4th in the Indoor Pentathlon world standing, and set a record which stood for 30 years. In 1984, Ross was selected to the L.A. Olympics, where she was able to compete. In 1994 she was inducted into the University of Toronto’s Hall of Fame.

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