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Ether Catherwood

Ethel was born in Hannah, North Dakota on April 28th, 1908. Her parents had homesteaded near Scott, Saskatchewan in 1906. They journeyed from Hannah to Scott a few times before finally settling permanently in Scott in May 1910. As a student at Champagne school in Scott, Ethel won her first high jump competition leaping 3 feet 10 inches in a meet at Wilkie.

Then the Catherwood family moved to Saskatoon in 1925, Ethel participated in baseball, basketball and track and field. With Joe Griffiths as her coach, Ethel set her sights on competing at the 1928 Olympics. After setting a world record in the high jump in Regina, she went to the Amsterdam Olympics and won the gold medal with a leap of 5 feet 2 9/16 inches. While Saskatoon referred to her as the Saskatoon Lily, Ethel was named the prettiest athlete (beauty prize) of the 1928 Games by a New York correspondent.

She was named to the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1955, the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1966 and the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1986.

Text courtesy of Ned Powers.

Date: 1928.

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Diane Jones Konihowski

Diane Jones Konihowski

Born in Vancouver in 1951, Diane Jones Konihowski spent 21 years of her early life in Saskatoon. While still only a Grade 10 student, Diane made her first National Team as a high jumper and javelin thrower.

Lyle Sanderson, the head track coach of the University of Saskatchewan, persuaded Diane to devote herself to track. She gravitated toward the Pentathlon and was on Canada's Team at the 1972 Olympics in Munich and in 1975 won the Gold Medal at the Pan-American Games in Mexico City. She placed 6th overall at the Montreal Olympics in 1976, and then captured the imagination of the sports world in 1978 with an outstanding Gold Medal performance at the Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, setting a new Commonwealth record and placing her first in the world for 1978.

In 1979 Diane again captured the Gold at the Pan-American Games in Puerto Rico, and is currently the Canadian, Commonwealth and Pan-American record holder for the Pentathlon.

Having been voted a co-winner in 1975, Diane was named as Canada's Woman Athlete of the Year in 1978.

In April 1979 her contribution to athletics was recognized when she received the Order of Canada.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, September 13, 1980.

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Doreen Wolff

Joe Griffiths saw Doreen Wolff jump 4 feet, 10.5 inches at a high school track meet. He put spikes on her and only two weeks later she set a new Junior World Record, jumping 5 feet, 1.5 inches.

At an Olympic qualifying meet in Winnipeg in 1948 she tied the Canadian record jumping 5 feet, 3 inches. A few weeks later she won the Olympic Trials Event in Montreal.

The same summer she became the youngest person named to the 1948 Olympic Track and Field Team. In London, she jumped 5 feet 2 1/4 inches for a fifth place finish.

Text courtesy of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame

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