Debbie Arden Brill, is a Canadian high jump athlete who at the age of 16 became the first North American woman to clear 6 feet. Her unique reverse jumping style—which is now exclusively the technique of elite high jumpers—was called the "Brill Bend" and was developed by her when she was a child, around the same time as Dick Fosbury was developing the similar Fosbury Flop in the USA. Brill won gold in the high jump at the 1970 Commonwealth Games, at the Pan American Games in 1971, she finished 8th in the 1972 Summer Olympics quit the sport in the wake of the Munich massacre, returning three years later. She won gold at the IAAF World Cup in 1979, at the 1982 Commonwealth Games, she has held the Canadian high jump record since 1969, set the current record of 1.99 meters in 1982, a few months after giving birth to her first child. Brill was born in Mission, British Columbia, one of five children of a Canadian father and an American mother, she developed her unique style of jumping as a preteen on the family farm when her father made a landing pit containing foam rubber.
Fifty years she described it as "a natural extension of what my body was telling me to do. It was physical intuition; the technique, which involved jumping over the bar with her face to the sky and landing on her back, was dubbed the "Brill bend". Her clubmates thought it was unique until they learned that an older American athlete, Dick Fosbury, was becoming known for using the same technique. Brill started competing provincially in British Columbia in 1966, at age 13; the following year, she competed at the Canadian national level. Her first international competition was in 1968, at age 15. In 1970, at age 16, she became the first woman in the western hemisphere to jump 6 feet. Brill has held the Canadian National High Jump record since 1969, establishing her first Canadian High Jump record when she was 16, she set her final Canadian outdoor record in September 1984 with 1.98 metres. Her indoor record of 1.99 metres was set in 1982. As of 2017, Brill's Canadian records still stand, she won the Gold medal at the first Pacific Conference Games in 1969.
She would again win the Pacific Conference Games title in 1977. Brill won the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, was presented with the gold medal by Queen Elizabeth, she the 1971 Pan Am Games. Brill came in eighth at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, she campaigned to have the Games stopped after the Munich massacre, retired after the Games, becoming disillusioned with the Olympic experience. She placed 4th at the Pan Am Games. At the 1976 Montreal Olympics she was eliminated after failing three times at the opening height, was criticized for laughing in a subsequent interview, although she wrote afterwards that she was disappointed by her failure, she placed 3rd at the first World Cup in 1977, won a silver medal at home in Edmonton, at the 1978 Commonwealth Games. In 1979 Brill won a gold medal in the athletics World Cup held in Canada, she was the world's number one high jumper for 1979. Having been ranked number one in the world by Track and Field News in 1979, Brill was one of the favourites going into the 1980 Olympics which Canada boycotted because of the U.
S. S. R.'s military involvement in Afghanistan. In January 1982, Brill established a World Indoor High Jump record of 1.99 meters in Edmonton, Alberta, 5 months after giving birth to her first son, Neil. She has a daughter, a son, Jacob, she is married to Dr. Douglas Coleman, she was again Commonwealth Champion in 1982 at the games in Brisbane. From 1970 to 1985, in the annual Track and Field News merit rankings, Brill was ranked in the world's top ten for the high jump twelve times, she was ranked in the top 5 six times. The only female high jumpers with more top ten rankings are Inha Babakova and Stefka Kostadinova, both with thirteen. In 1983, Brill was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in recognition for being "Canada's premier woman high-jumper". In 2012, she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 1999, at the age of 46, Brill broke the world masters record when she cleared 1.76 metres in Gateshead. In 2004, she broke the age 50+ masters record by clearing 1.60 m in Langley.
As of 2016, Brill's world age group records still stand. Canadian National High Jump Record – 1.98 m Canadian National Indoor Record – 1.99 m World Masters Record – 1.76 World Masters Record – 1.60 m 11 times Canadian National High Jump Champion – 1968-71,1974,1976,1978,1980,1982-1984 2 times United States National High Jump Champion – 1979, 1982 WAAA National High Jump Champion – 1971Note: At the 1976 Olympic Games, Brill had three failures at her opening height of 1.75 m in the qualifying round. Debbie Brill at IAAF Statistics at gbrathletics.com Canadian Olympic Committee Debbie Brill at the Canadian Olympic Committee Deborah Brill at the International Olympic Committee Debbie Brill at Olympics at Sports-Reference.com
Theresa Ione "Tessa" Sanderson, is an English former javelin thrower and heptathlete. A six-time Olympian in the javelin, she won the gold medal in 1984 for Great Britain, in 1996 she became the second track and field athlete, after discus thrower Lia Manoliu, to compete at six Olympics, she is one of only five women in history to have thrown the javelin over 73 metres. She is the first black British woman to have won an Olympic gold medal. Sanderson was born in Jamaica of Ghanaian ancestry, she emigrated to Wolverhampton, England. Member of Wolverhampton & Bilston Athletic Club coached in the progressive days by John Moogan, subsequently by National Track and Field Coach Wilf Paish. Sanderson was the UK's leading javelin thrower from the mid-1970s, winning silver in the 1978 European championships and gold in the Commonwealth Games three times, but was eclipsed during the 1980s by the up-and-coming Fatima Whitbread, with whom she shared a long-standing rivalry; when Sanderson won the gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics in the javelin, becoming the first British woman to win Olympic gold in this event, her victory was quite unexpected.
In the end, her career outlasted Whitbread's, she competed at senior international level until 1996. Her best performance in the javelin was 73.58 m set in Edinburgh on 26 March 1983. Sanderson served as Vice-Chairman of Sport England from 1999 to 2005, she ran an academy in Newham, London that helped to find and train athletes to represent Britain in the 2012 Summer Olympics. In September 2009, Sanderson registered her own charity sports academy carrying on her work alongside the established Newham Sports Academy; the name of the charity is Academy. The charity is helping Sanderson to work on a wider basis to help other youngsters who are disabled and non disabled achieve their goals and creating a pathway and more opportunities not just in Newham but the wider areas of London and with a vision of a national roll out. In April 2009, Sanderson again because of her work in the community made history again by organising the first 10K road run to run through the Olympic Park offering the community and other visitors to Newham the Host Borough of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games a fantastic birds eye view of the Olympic 2012 athletics stadium.
The Newham Classic 10K was so successful that it takes place annually and has led to other active running events for anyone such as the City of London West Ham Park Runs which takes place most Sunday mornings in West Ham Park in the East End of London. Sanderson was appointed as a board member of the Olympic Park Legacy Company chaired by Baroness Ford, to oversee and help with the formation of the Olympic Park for the Newham community and people living in the East End of London. Sanderson organised and was associated with the Redbridge 10k on 24 July 2011, the first run in the Borough of Redbridge. In 1984, Sanderson made an appearance on Bullseye. Starting in the late 1980s, she starred in a number of fitness videos alongside Derrick Evans. In the 1990s, she worked as a sports reporter for Sky News, appeared alongside Cilla Black as a co-host on ITV's Surprise Surprise. In 2005, she took part in the one-off special, Strictly African Dancing, as part of the Africa Lives season on the BBC, she was voted into third place by the viewers.
Sanderson took part in the Dancing on Ice goes Gold program on ITV, aired on 22 July 2012. She took part in a one-off exclusive BBC Red Button episode of EastEnders, aired on 16 July 2012. At 58 years of age, she began working as a model for the Grey Model Agency. In 2018, Sanderson took part in Channel 5's reality series Celebrity 5 Go Barging. Sanderson was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 1985 New Year's Honours, following her Olympic gold, raised to Officer in the 1998 New Year's Honours for her charity work, to Commander in the 2004 New Year's Honours for her services to Sport England. Sanderson is an honorary graduate of the University of Wolverhampton and was made an Honorary Fellow of London South Bank University in 2004. In 2004 Sanderson was awarded a Sunday Times Lifetime Achievement Award. There is a housing estate named after her in her adopted home town of Wednesfield: Sanderson Park, it is located in the vicinity of the playing fields of Wards Bridge High School.
There is a road named after her in Wandsworth, South London: Tessa Sanderson Place. On 1 May 2010, Sanderson married Densign White, former Olympic judo athlete, at St. Paul's Cathedral in London, her bridesmaids were her fellow Olympic teammates Sharron Davies, Kelly Holmes and Christine Ohuruogu. She and White are the parents of Ruby Mae. 10 Times AAAs National Champion 3 Times UK National Champion Notes: Results with a q, indicate overall position in qualifying round At the World Cup competitions, Sanderson was representing Europe. List of athletes with the most appearances at Olympic Games Official website The Tessa Sanderson Foundation and Academy Tessa Sanderson Track and Field Statistics Tessa Sanderson at Olympics at Sports-Reference.com
Katharine Kreiner-Phillips is a former World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympic gold medalist from Canada. She won the giant slalom at the 1976 Winter Olympics in Austria. First out of the gate on Friday the 13th, Kreiner prevented double gold medalist Rosi Mittermaier from sweeping the women's alpine events, as Mittermaier won the silver medal, it was Canada's only gold medal in Innsbruck. Born in Timmins, Kreiner was an alpine racing prodigy in Canada, the youngest of six children of Margaret and Harold O. Kreiner, a Timmins physician and her coach until she made the national team, he was the team doctor for the Canadian alpine ski team for the 1966 World Championships in Portillo and the Canadian Olympic team for the winter games in 1968 in Grenoble, France. Kreiner made the national'B' team at age 13 for a year, was promoted to the'A' team in the summer of 1971, she had her first World Cup top ten result in mid-January 1972, a sixth place in a downhill at Grindelwald, Switzerland. Three weeks Kreiner placed 14th in the slalom at the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo, Japan.
She made her first World Cup podium in 1973 at Alyeska in Alaska in giant slalom, gained her first and only World Cup victory at age 16 in 1974 at Pfronten, West Germany. Kreiner raced 10 seasons on the World Cup circuit and finished with 1 victory, 7 podiums, 46 top tens. After her Olympic victory, she was named the Canadian Female Athlete of the Year in 1976. From 1948 to 1980, the Winter Olympics served as the World Championships for alpine skiing, making the Olympic champion the concurrent world champion. Kreiner was inducted into the Canada's Sports Hall of Fame at age 18, she was inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 2002. Kreiner's Olympic win in 1976 surprised her, her older sister Laurie was a World Cup racer and two-time Olympian. Laurie had just missed an Olympic medal in 1972 with a fourth place in the giant slalom. At the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, Kreiner finished fifth in the downhill and ninth in the giant slalom, held at Whiteface Mountain. During her final season in 1981, Kreiner ascended her only World Cup podium in downhill, raced independent of the Canadian national team.
Her sixth and final podium in giant slalom came nearly four years earlier at Sun Valley in March 1977. Kreiner married a former freestyle skier with the Canadian national team; as of 2010, she remains the only Olympic gold medalist from Timmins. Points were only awarded for top ten and top fifteen finishes. 1 win 7 podiums Kathy Kreiner-Phillips – 2009 video on YouTube Kathy Kreiner at the International Ski Federation FIS-ski.com – Kathy Kreiner – World Cup season standings Ski-db.com – Kathy Kreiner – results Evans, Hilary. "Kathy Kreiner". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Canada's Sports Hall of Fame – Kathy Kreiner Canadian Ski Hall of Fame – Kathy Kreiner Timmins Ski Racers
Canada is a country in the northern part of North America. Its ten provinces and three territories extend from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres, making it the world's second-largest country by total area. Canada's southern border with the United States is the world's longest bi-national land border, its capital is Ottawa, its three largest metropolitan areas are Toronto and Vancouver. As a whole, Canada is sparsely populated, the majority of its land area being dominated by forest and tundra, its population is urbanized, with over 80 percent of its inhabitants concentrated in large and medium-sized cities, many near the southern border. Canada's climate varies across its vast area, ranging from arctic weather in the north, to hot summers in the southern regions, with four distinct seasons. Various indigenous peoples have inhabited what is now Canada for thousands of years prior to European colonization. Beginning in the 16th century and French expeditions explored, settled, along the Atlantic coast.
As a consequence of various armed conflicts, France ceded nearly all of its colonies in North America in 1763. In 1867, with the union of three British North American colonies through Confederation, Canada was formed as a federal dominion of four provinces; this began an accretion of provinces and territories and a process of increasing autonomy from the United Kingdom. This widening autonomy was highlighted by the Statute of Westminster of 1931 and culminated in the Canada Act of 1982, which severed the vestiges of legal dependence on the British parliament. Canada is a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy in the Westminster tradition, with Elizabeth II as its queen and a prime minister who serves as the chair of the federal cabinet and head of government; the country is a realm within the Commonwealth of Nations, a member of the Francophonie and bilingual at the federal level. It ranks among the highest in international measurements of government transparency, civil liberties, quality of life, economic freedom, education.
It is one of the world's most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations, the product of large-scale immigration from many other countries. Canada's long and complex relationship with the United States has had a significant impact on its economy and culture. A developed country, Canada has the sixteenth-highest nominal per capita income globally as well as the twelfth-highest ranking in the Human Development Index, its advanced economy is the tenth-largest in the world, relying chiefly upon its abundant natural resources and well-developed international trade networks. Canada is part of several major international and intergovernmental institutions or groupings including the United Nations, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the G7, the Group of Ten, the G20, the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. While a variety of theories have been postulated for the etymological origins of Canada, the name is now accepted as coming from the St. Lawrence Iroquoian word kanata, meaning "village" or "settlement".
In 1535, indigenous inhabitants of the present-day Quebec City region used the word to direct French explorer Jacques Cartier to the village of Stadacona. Cartier used the word Canada to refer not only to that particular village but to the entire area subject to Donnacona. From the 16th to the early 18th century "Canada" referred to the part of New France that lay along the Saint Lawrence River. In 1791, the area became two British colonies called Upper Canada and Lower Canada collectively named the Canadas. Upon Confederation in 1867, Canada was adopted as the legal name for the new country at the London Conference, the word Dominion was conferred as the country's title. By the 1950s, the term Dominion of Canada was no longer used by the United Kingdom, which considered Canada a "Realm of the Commonwealth"; the government of Louis St. Laurent ended the practice of using'Dominion' in the Statutes of Canada in 1951. In 1982, the passage of the Canada Act, bringing the Constitution of Canada under Canadian control, referred only to Canada, that year the name of the national holiday was changed from Dominion Day to Canada Day.
The term Dominion was used to distinguish the federal government from the provinces, though after the Second World War the term federal had replaced dominion. Indigenous peoples in present-day Canada include the First Nations, Métis, the last being a mixed-blood people who originated in the mid-17th century when First Nations and Inuit people married European settlers; the term "Aboriginal" as a collective noun is a specific term of art used in some legal documents, including the Constitution Act 1982. The first inhabitants of North America are hypothesized to have migrated from Siberia by way of the Bering land bridge and arrived at least 14,000 years ago; the Paleo-Indian archeological sites at Old Crow Flats and Bluefish Caves are two of the oldest sites of human habitation in Canada. The characteristics of Canadian indigenous societies included permanent settlements, complex societal hierarchies, trading networks; some of these cultures had collapsed by the time European explorers arrived in the late 15th and early 16th centuries and have only been discovered through archeological investigations.
The indigenous population at the time of the first European settlements is estimated to have been between 200,000
Nancy Greene Raine
Nancy Catherine Greene Raine is a former Canadian Senator for British Columbia and a champion alpine skier voted as Canada's Female Athlete of the 20th Century. She was born in Ottawa, Canada. Greene Raine won a decisive giant slalom victory in Grenoble, France in the 1968 Winter Olympics. After being elected to the Senate in 2009, Greene Raine retired on May 11, 2018 when she reached the mandatory retirement age of 75, she is the mother of retired alpine skier Willy Raine. Greene was born on May 1943, in Ottawa, Ontario, she moved with her family to Rossland, British Columbia. Rossland is a mountainous area and the site of the first ski competition held in Canada in 1897; the child of avid skiers, Greene began schussing at a young age and while in high school she competed in the Canadian Junior Championships. She would go on to become Canada's most decorated ski racer, male or female, in her day with 14 World Cup victories by 1975. Nicknamed "Tiger" because of her "go for it" attitude and her aggressive style of skiing, she won the Canadian ski championship nine times and the United States championship three times.
In 1967, Greene broke the European domination of the sport. That year she won seven of 16 events, taking the over-all title with four giant slalom victories plus two in slalom and one in downhill, her accomplishment earned. In 1968 she won the World Cup title again plus, at that year's Winter Olympic Games in Grenoble, she captured a gold medal in the giant slalom, by one of the largest margins in Olympic history, a silver medal in the slalom. For the second time, she was named Canada's "Athlete of the Year". Following her retirement from competition, she made a major contribution to Canadian sport by accepting an appointment to the federal government's "Task Force on Sport For Canadians". During this period Greene did promotional work for various companies including Rossignol and Mars Inc. In a 1970s television commercial for the latter product she was seen to discard the wrapper onto a ski slope in the course of consuming the product; this minor act, coming at a time of nascent environmental sentiment, appears to have entered the public memory as references to it have dogged her over the years.
Married with twin boys and her husband Al Raine were instrumental in the early development of the Whistler-Blackcomb Resort in Whistler, British Columbia, later in the development and promotion of skiing at Sun Peaks Resort, just north of Kamloops. The expansion of the resort was not without controversy as some Native groups opposed the move, protesters occupying the new site were removed by arrest under a provincial injunction. Greene is director of skiing at Sun Peaks Resort and skis every day, she and her husband built Nancy Greene's Cahilty Lodge. Dedicated to the promotion of her sport for more than 30 years, the Nancy Greene Ski League has been an important entry-level race program for young children. Over the years, Greene has been the recipient of numerous awards including her country's highest civilian honour, the Order of Canada, she has been honoured with the naming of "Nancy Greene Provincial Park" and "Nancy Greene Lake" in the Monashee Mountains of British Columbia's Kootenay region.
A stretch of Capilano Road in North Vancouver was renamed Nancy Greene Way. In 1999, her name was engraved in Canada's Walk of Fame and she was voted Canada's female athlete of the century in a survey of newspaper editors and broadcasters conducted by The Canadian Press and Broadcast News. In 1990, Greene and husband Al Raine were encouraged by the BC provincial government to pursue development of a new ski resort in the Melvin Creek Valley, between Mount Currie and Lillooet, both predominantly Native communities. Coincidentally, the rough road accessing the area was paved and upgraded at this time by the government as an extension to highway 99, the main road from Vancouver to Pemberton. Despite opposition from Native groups, backcountry recreationists and environmental organizations, the project received approval from BC's Environmental Assessment Office in 2000, but has been stalled in a series of protests and blockades since. In 1993, Greene announced her support for the right-wing Reform Party of Canada.
In April 2005, Greene was named chancellor of Thompson Rivers University. In 2006, Greene-Raine contributed a small part of one of her Olympic competition skis to the Six String Nation project. Part of that material now serves as the second reinforcing strip on the interior of Voyageur, the guitar at the heart of the project. On January 2, 2009, Greene took her seat as a Conservative member of the Senate of Canada. After her 75th birthday, Greene retired as a senator, she was named Olympic Ambassador for the 2010 Vancouver games. On February 12, 2010, Greene lit the Vancouver Olympic cauldron along with fellow Canadian sport icons Steve Nash, Rick Hansen, Catriona Le May Doan, Wayne Gretzky. National ski team member, 1959 to 1968 Six-time Canadian champion Three-time United States champion Word championship team member, 1962, 1966 World Cup women's champion 1967, 1968 Olympic team member, 1960, 1964, 1968 1968 Winter Olympics gold medal and silver medal Coach of the Canadian National Ski Team, 1968 to 1973 Officer of the Order of Canada Order of British Columbia Order of the Dogwood Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's Outstanding Athlete of the Year, 1967, 1968 B'nai B'rith woman of 1968 British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame Canadian Sports Hall of Fame United States National Ski Hall of Fame
Marilyn Grace Bell Di Lascio is a Canadian retired long distance swimmer. She was the first person to swim across Lake Ontario and swam the English Channel and Strait of Juan de Fuca. Bell was born in Ontario to parents Sydney and Grace Bell; the family moved to North Bay, Ontario Halifax, Nova Scotia before returning to Toronto in 1946. After her swimming career, Marilyn moved to New Jersey, United States, they raised four children, Michael and Janet. Joe Di Lascio died in September 2007. Bell became an American citizen and was a teacher for over twenty years. Due to a back injury, she gave up swimming in the early 2000s. Bell first took up swimming lessons in 1946 at Oakwood Pool, joining the Dolphinette Club coached by Alex Duff. In 1947, Bell entered her first long-distance race: a one-mile swim at the Canadian National Exhibition in Lake Ontario, it was at that first race that Bell first met her future coach Gus Ryder, coach of the Lakeshore Swimming Club. Bell soon joined the Lakeshore Club and started practicing at the indoor pool of Humberside Collegiate in Toronto.
In July 1954, Bell swam in the Centennial Marathon at New Jersey. Bell finished first among the women's competitors, seventh-overall, winning $1,150. Fellow Lakeshore Swimming Club members Tom Park and Cliff Lumsden finished second; the course was 26 miles around Absecon Island in the Atlantic Ocean. On September 8, 1954, at 11:07 pm, Bell started her swim across Lake Ontario from Youngstown, New York, at the same time as world-famous United States long-distance swimmer Florence Chadwick; the CNE had offered Chadwick $10,000 to swim the lake as a publicity effort for the annual exhibition. The offer to Chadwick had disappointed Canadian swimmers, Bell included, who had expected the CNE to hold a marathon race; because of the criticism, the CNE decided to allow other swimmers, at first as part of a relay race, but Bell decided to try the whole swim herself. According to Bell, she "did it for Canada." Bell took on the challenge without pay with the encouragement of Alexandrine Gibb, a Toronto Daily Star reporter.
A third swimmer, Torontonian Winnie Roach, who had swum the English Channel decided to swim the lake. After several hours, Chadwick was forced to give up with vomiting at 6 am. Roach quit at about three-quarters distance, due to cramps. Bell swam for 20 hours and 59 minutes before she reached a breakwater near the Boulevard Club, west of the CNE grounds; the planned route straight across the lake was 51.5 kilometres, but she had to swim much further because of strong winds and the lack of modern navigation equipment. Waves that day were 5 metres high, water temperature was 21 °C and lamprey eels were attacking her legs and arms. Bell kept up her strength with Pablum, corn syrup, lemon juice with water, along with heroic encouragement from her boat crew, including fellow swimmer Joan Cooke and her coach, Gus Ryder. Radio stations broadcast hourly reports of her progress and rival newspapers published "extra" editions throughout the day. At the start, Bell was accompanied by two boats, but a flotilla of boats gathered around her by mid-day.
When she arrived at about 8:15 p.m. a crowd estimated at over 250,000 was gathered to see her arrive. CNE officials had hoped that Bell would arrive at the CNE waterfront, where a grandstand had been set up, but Ryder guided her to Sunnyside where the amusement park was brightly lit and she could navigate to, the waves were smaller. Bell was the first person to swim the 32 miles distance; the CNE decided to give Bell the $10,000 prize, she was given numerous gifts, including a car, television and furniture. In an article, Bell thanked the Toronto community for the support Alexandrine Gibb, the Toronto Star reporter. Bell's swim was front-page news in Toronto; the Toronto Telegram, The Globe and Mail and the Toronto Daily Star all competed to get her interview. The Star had signed for an exclusive, providing boats to the swim team, but the Telegram tried to "scoop" the story by having a Telegram reporter pose as a nurse. In 1955, she became the youngest person to swim the English Channel and in 1956, she swam the Strait of Juan de Fuca off the Pacific coast.
She retired that year from swimming. In 1954, Bell was named the Canadian Newsmaker of the Year by The Canadian Press, awarded the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's athlete of the year and awarded the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canadian female athlete of the year. Bell was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1958. In 1993 she entered the Canadian Swimming Hall of Fame and was named one of Canada's top athletes of the century, she was inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 1997. In 2002, Bell was presented with the Order of Ontario; the national Historic Sites and Monuments Board designated Bell's crossing of the lake a National Historic Event in 2005, a federal plaque was erected in 2008 near the site of her landfall. Another plaque is mounted on the base of a statue of a lion along Lake Shore Boulevard by the CNE Ontario Government Building. Parkland near the location where Bell arrived is now named Marilyn Bell Park. In 2009, the Lakeshore Swimming Club of Toronto held the first annual Marilyn Bell Swim Classic, a meet sanctioned by Swim Ontario.
In 2010, a ferry boat to serve the Toronto Island Airport was named the Marilyn Bell 1. The name was chosen as the top name in a contest held by the Toronto Port Authority; the story of Bell's historic swim was told in the 2001 made-for-TV film Heart: The Marilyn Bell Story with Caroline Dhavernas portraying Marilyn Bell. Kearney, Mark.
Canada's Sports Hall of Fame
Canada's Sports Hall of Fame is a hall of fame established in 1955 to "preserve the record of Canadian sports achievements and to promote a greater awareness of Canada's heritage of sport." It is located at Canada Olympic Park in Alberta. There are 611 honoured members of the hall; the Hall, first known as the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, was founded in 1955 through the efforts of Harry I. Price, a former assistant athletics commissioner of Ontario, it was first housed in the Stanley Barracks, located in Toronto on the grounds of Exhibition Place. It moved in 1961 to a wing of a new building shared with the Hockey Hall of Fame; the Hockey Hall of Fame moved out in 1993. Without the Hockey Hall of Fame, attendance declined and the Sports Hall made plans to move to Ottawa; the move to Ottawa never took place, because the venues promised for the Hall by the federal government were allocated for other uses, the move was cancelled. In 2006, the Hall of Fame building was demolished to make way for BMO Field and the collection moved to the Stanley Barracks in preparation for an opening in some new location.
One facade, which incorporated a tile mosaic, was incorporated into the BMO Field structure. Nine cities across the country bid for the right to host the new hall, in 2008, a proposed site at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary was chosen; the new facility opened on Canada Day, July 1, 2011. It has numerous interactive displays. Canada's Sports Hall of Fame is presently located in Alberta. However, prior to 2006, Canada's Sports Hall of Fame was located in Toronto, Ontario, at Exhibition Place, the fair grounds for the Canadian National Exhibition. From 1955 to 2006, the Sports Hall of Fame located moved to several locations in Exhibition Place, they include: New Fort York, 1955-1957 CNE Press Building, 1957-1961 Canada Sports Hall of Fame Building, 1961-2006 New Fort York, 2006 Six people were inducted into the hall as part of its 2011 class: Lui Passaglia, football player Ray Bourque, hockey player Peter Reid, triathlete Lauren Woolstencroft, paralympian Andrea Neil, soccer player Dick Pound, International Olympic Committee memberOn October 17, 2012, the 2012 class of inductees were: Marion Lay, swimmer and 1968 Olympic bronze medalist Pierre Lueders, Olympic bobsleigh champion Charmaine Hooper, soccer player Scott Niedermayer, hockey player and 2002 & 2010 Olympic gold medalist Jamie Salé and David Pelletier, figure skaters and 2002 Olympic gold medalists Derek Porter, rower and 1992 Olympic gold & 1996 Olympic silver medalist Daryl "Doc" Seaman, part owner of the Calgary Flames, among the six businessmen who moved the Flames from Atlanta to Calgary in 1980 Jeremy Wotherspoon, speed skater and 1998 Olympic silver medalistOn October 16, 2013, the 2013 class of inductees were: Joe Sakic, ice hockey Russ Howard, curling Alison Sydor, cycling Kirsten Barnes, Jessica Monroe, Brenda Taylor, Kay Worthington, Jennifer Walinga,1992 Canadian women's Olympic coxless fours Murray Costello, ice hockey player and executive Jean-Guy Ouellet, national sport advisor and international official André Viger, wheelchair marathoner and ParalympianOn October 22, 2014, the 2014 class of inductees were: Horst Bulau, ski jumping Sarah Burke, freestyle skier Pierre Harvey and cross-country skiing Geraldine Heaney, ice hockey Elizabeth Manley, figure skating Gareth Rees, rugby Tim Frick, women's wheelchair basketball coach Kathy Shields, women's basketball coachOn October 21, 2015, the 2015 class of inductees were: Paul Coffey, ice hockey Jennifer Heil, freestyle skiing and 2006 Olympic gold & 2010 Olympic silver medalist Danielle Goyette, ice hockey and 2002 & 2006 Olympic gold & 1998 Olympic silver medalist Craig Forrest, soccer and 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup winner Susan Auch, speed skater and 1994 & 1998 Olympic silver & 1988 Olympic bronze medalist Nicolas Gill, judo and 2000 Olympic silver & 1992 Olympic bronze medalist Michael Edgson, Paralympic swimmer and 18-time Paralympic gold medalist Sharon Firth and Shirley Firth, cross-country skiers Lori-Ann Muenzer, track cyclist and 2004 Olympic gold medalist Jocelyne Bourassa, golf Marina van der Merwe, field hockeyOn June 17, 2015, the Sport Legends class of inductees were: Canadian Sport Legends Class, athletes Canadian Sport Legend Category, builders Official website