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. Encouragement from speed skating parents, strong self-motivation and a fierce competitive instinct enabled this “Queen of the Blades” to succeed. Without formal coaching, she learned to leave the starting post quickly and had the stamina to hold her lead. Between 1921 and 1935 she won all the speed skating titles available to women, from provincial to world levels, and set new records at most of these levels. She competed at the 1932 Olympics but did not medal. Brooks was also named to the 1936 Olympic team but opted instead for marriage and retirement. She was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and the Speed Skating Canada Hall of Fame in 1972.
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- Ferguson, Bob. "Lela Brooks". The Canadian Encyclopedia, 30 September 2016, Historica Canada. www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/lela-brooks. Accessed 06 December 2023.
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- Ferguson, B. (2016). Lela Brooks. In The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/lela-brooks
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- Ferguson, Bob. "Lela Brooks." The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica Canada. Article published March 10, 2008; Last Edited September 30, 2016.
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- The Canadian Encyclopedia, s.v. "Lela Brooks," by Bob Ferguson, Accessed December 06, 2023, https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/lela-brooks
Article by Bob Ferguson
Updated by Tabitha Marshall
Published Online March 10, 2008
Last Edited September 30, 2016