Year of Birth: 1945
Year of Induction: 2016
As a member of the Don Mills Track Club in Toronto Nancy McCredie was one of the continent’s dominant throwers and holder of both the Canadian shot and discus records. She was just 19 years old when she competed at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo throwing 15.89m to place 7th.
At the 1963 Pan Am Games in Sao Paulo, Brazil ‘Nan” as she preferred to be called, won gold medals in both the shot put and discus. Four years later she successfully defended her shot title at the 1967 Pan American Games on home soil – Winnipeg, Manitoba.
In addition, she represented Canada at the 1966 Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica and claimed the bronze medal in the shot there. A knee injury cut short her career and she retired from competition in 1968. To many athletics followers she is remembered for being a pioneer in women’s throwing events.
In 1963 Nancy was awarded the Velma Springstead Trophy as Canadian female athlete of the year.
Her father was a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force and so the family moved around a lot. Nancy was born in Belleville, Ontario but it was while residing in Brampton that she enjoyed her athletics success as a member of Don Mills Track Club.
The City of Brampton has since honoured her by naming a street Nancy McCredie Drive and a park, Nancy McCredie Park, after her.