1891 – 1958

Category: Builder

Year of Induction: 2010




Manager of Women’s Olympic Track team in 1928.

Born and raised in Toronto (1891-1958), Alexandrine Gibb was a pioneer and driving force behind the advent of women’s organized sport in the 1920’s. She organized the Toronto Ladies Club (1921) as an umbrella organization for sports managed and coached “for women and by women”. In 1925 she brought the WAAF into existence as a means to help women compete outside the confines of the male-oriented AAU, becoming the “foremother” of women’s organized sport in Canada. In this capacity she was solicited to manage the first Canadian women’s team to compete internationally at the Tri-meet in Track & Field in England in 1926. This paved the way for women to compete in Track & Field at the Olympics in 1928 – she managed the “Matchless Six” women’s team that came back with 2 gold medals (most of whom were inducted at our inaugural event in 2009). She later established and donated the Velma Springstead award in 1934 – annually presented to Canada’s Outstanding Female Athlete (She was a Hamilton athlete on that 1926 team who had died in 1927 at 20 years of age). Alexandrine was a sports reporter (Toronto Star) and paved the way for other female athletes like Bobbie Rosenfeld and Myrtle Cook to follow suit in expressing a women’s perspective on sport.