COC Members, Olympic Athletes Named to 2007 List of Most Influential Women in Sport

The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) would like to congratulate three of its members and several more Olympians who were named to the 2007 list of Most Influential Women in Sport and Physical Activity. Awarded by the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) are Charmaine Crooks, Beckie Scott and Cassie Campbell.

Crooks, a COC Executive Committee member, is very active in the sporting world, holding posts with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games Organizing Committee (VANOC) and the World Olympians Association. In 1984, she won silver for Canada in the women’s 4×400-metre relay at the Olympic Games.

Scott is on the COC Executive Committee as well, also serving as a member of the IOC and the IOC Athlete’s Commission (to which she was elected at the Turin 2006 Olympic Winter Games). While a VANOC board member, Scott also sits on an IOC panel monitoring the 2014 Olympic Winter Games to be held in Sochi, Russia. With one gold medal and one silver medal in her Olympic career, Scott became the first cross-country skier elected to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame last year.

Campbell, a member of the COC Athlete’s Council, is the first female hockey player to be inducted in Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. It’s no wonder, as Campbell is the only hockey player (male or female) to captain the Canadian national team to two Olympic gold medals — in Salt Lake City (2002) and Torino (2006). Her influence on the sport is reflected in her broadcast work as an analyst for TSN and CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada.

In all, 20 women were named to the 2007 list and Canadian Olympic athletes were well represented. In addition to Campell, Crooks and Scott, the list included Silken Laumann (rowing), Cathy Priestner-Allinger (speed skating), Sara Renner (cross-country ski) and Hayley Wickenheiser (hockey). As well, three Olympic coaches made the list: Sheilagh Croxon (synchronized swimming), Melody Davidson (hockey) and Teresa Schlachter (skeleton).