1916 – 1977

Category: Athlete

Year of Induction: 2010

 

 


Honours:

Won Bronze medal at the 1936 Olympics in the 80m Hurdles. Born in Ingersoll in 1916 (died in 1977), she was a Hamilton Athlete in the 1930’s (competing for the Hamilton Olympic Club, and later attending McMaster University) under the tutelage of “Cap” Cornelius. She competed in and won the sprint hurdles event at the 1930 National championships for women conducted at the same time as the 1930 British Empire Games in Hamilton (as no women’s events were included). She went on to become the premier Hurdler in Canada during the 1930’s.

She competed in the 1932 Olympics in the 80m hurdles. She later won silver medals at the 1934 British Empire Games and at the Women’s World Games (a competition arranged for after the BEG competition). Her career culminated with a Bronze medal at the 1936 Olympics, equalling the WR of 11.7ht in the Semi-final (11.81 for 80m Hurdles), after which she retired from competition. She was named the Velma Springstead and Bobbie Rosenfeld awards winner for 1936.