Monday, December 8, 2008

Abby Hoffman

Olympian athlete, Track & Field

Lives in Ottawa.

Born in Toronto in 1947.

At the age of nine, Hoffman was banned from playing hockey with a boys' team (there were no girls' teams); made a career in athletics instead, and participated in four Olympic Games (1964, 1968, 1972, 1976).

Chosen as Canadian Flag Bearer for the 1976 Games.

Became the first woman to serve as Director General of Sport Canada.

Was the first Canadian female elected to the Executive Committee of the Canadian Olympic Committee in 1981.

From 1980 to 1982, wrote a fitness column for the Canadian magazine, Chatelaine.

Helped to organize the first women's national championship in ice hockey (known as the Esso Women's Nationals). The Abby Hoffman Cup is named in her honour.

Made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1982.

Has been a Council member of the International Association of Athletics Federations since 1995.

Inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall Of Fame in 2004.

Awarded the Americas "Women in Sport" Trophy, selected by the IOC Women and Sport Commission in 2008.

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