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Phyllis Dewar

Phyllis Dewar, swimmer (b at Moose Jaw, Sask 5 Mar 1916; d at Toronto 8 Apr 1961). Spurred from age 4 by a strong competitive instinct, Dewar was the best swimmer on the prairies by age 17.

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Betsy Clifford

Betsy Clifford, alpine skier (b at Old Chelsea, Qué 15 Oct 1953). Practically raised on the slopes of her father's Camp Fortune ski area, she began skiing at age 5. At 12 she was national junior champion and at 13 Canadian senior slalom champion (1967).

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Lela Brooks

Lela Alene Brooks, speed skater (born 7 February 1908 in Toronto, ON; died 11 September 1990 in Owen Sound, ON). Brooks dominated women’s speed skating in the 1920s and 1930s, winning titles in all distances — from the 220-yard (200m) to the one-mile (1,600m) event.

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Myrtle Cook-McGowan

Myrtle Cook-McGowan , (born at Toronto, 5 Jan 1902; died at Elora, Ont 18 Mar 1985). Myrtle Cook was an athlete and journalist who participated in the 1928 OLYMPIC GAMES in TRACK AND FIELD.

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Silken Laumann

By 1991 she had become the premier women's rower in the world, winning the World Cup championship and the World Championship that year. Two months prior to the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Laumann's boat was rammed accidentally when she was preparing for a regatta in Europe.

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Sandra Post

Sandra Post, golfer (b in Oakville, Ont 4 June 1948). She became Canada's first female professional golfer in 1968 and won the Ladies Professional Golf Association Championship at Sutton, Mass, during her rookie year.

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Cindy Nicholas

Cynthia Maria “Cindy” Nicholas, marathon swimmer, lawyer, politician (born 20 August 1957 in Toronto, ON; died 19 May 2016 in Scarborough, ON).  Cindy Nicholas was one of Canada’s most dominant marathon swimmers. In 1977, at the age of 20, she became both the first woman and youngest swimmer to complete a return crossing of the English Channel, setting a new world record of 19 hours and 55 minutes. She completed 19 crossings of the Channel between 1974 and 1982, including a record five return-trips, and earned the nickname “Queen of the Channel.” Nicholas was named the women’s world marathon swimming champion in 1976 and won the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada’s female athlete of the year in 1977. She also practiced law and served as a Member of Provincial Parliament with the Ontario Liberal Party from 1987 to 1990. She is a Member of the Order of Canada, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame  and the International Swimming Hall of Fame.  

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Anne Ottenbrite

Anne Ottenbrite, swimmer (b at Whitby, Ont 12 May 1966). Ottenbrite showed promise as a swimmer early in life. As a 3 year old, swimming was made enjoyable and recreational: her father often played games of chase with her, and

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Elizabeth Manley

In 1989, Manley retired from amateur competition and went on to enjoy a successful professional career. She was involved in several television specials, including Elvis Tour of Champions. She toured briefly with the Ice Capades, where she played Cinderella in Cinderella: Frozen in Time.

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Elaine Tanner

Elaine Tanner, "Mighty Mouse,"; swimmer (b at Vancouver 22 Feb 1951). Tanner's career in international competition was brief but outstanding.

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Marlene Stewart Streit

Marlene Stewart Streit, golfer (b at Cereal, Alta 9 Mar 1934). Streit played junior golf in Fonthill, Ont. She was a powerful competitor, her game marked by fierce pride and will to win, and she became Canada's greatest women's amateur golfer.

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Marilyn Bell

 Later she became the youngest person ever to swim the English Channel and the Str of Juan de Fuca, but nothing could match the euphoria that gripped the waiting crowd in Toronto when she weakly touched the wall 20 hours and 59 minutes after setting out.

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Jennifer Heil

Jennifer Heil, freestyle mogul skier, community activist (born 11 April 1983 in Edmonton, AB). Mogul skier Jennifer Heil, nicknamed "Little Pepper," was the first Canadian female freestyle mogul skier to win a medal in Olympic competition.

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Angella Issajenko

Angella Issajenko, sprinter (b in Jamaica 28 Sept 1958). Known as "Angella Taylor" for most of her athletic career since 1978, Issajenko has been one of Canada's outstanding international sprinters.

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Allison Higson

Allison Higson, swimmer (b at Mississauga, Ont 13 Mar 1973). Higson established 11 age group records at a single meet in December 1985.

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Maëlle Ricker

Maëlle Ricker, snowboarder (b at North Vancouver, BC, 2 Dec 1978). Maëlle Ricker is the first Canadian woman to win an Olympic gold medal in SNOWBOARDING and the first Canadian woman to win Olympic gold on Canadian soil.

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Liisa Savijarvi

Liisa Savijarvi, alpine skier (b at Bracebridge, Ont 29 Dec 1963). Off to an early start at age 14 months, she began racing at 8 and was competing nationally by 14.