Women of Interest – Anne Ottenbrite

Anne Ottenbrite, born May 12, 1966, in Whitby Ontario, was the first Canadian woman to win an Olympic gold medal in swimming. At three years of age Anne Ottenbrite enjoyed swimming with her father so much that he obtained a swimming coach who quickly became aware of her potential. Ottenbrite’s swimming career included the 1982 World Aquatic Championships? silver medal, and the 100m breaststroke and 200m bronze medal. At the 1982 Commonwealth games in Brisbane, Australia, she won a gold medal in the 200m breaststroke. As well in 1982 Anne was awarded Female Swimmer of the Year at the Canadian Amateur Swimming Association. In 1983 Anne won a gold medal for 100m breaststroke and a silver medal for the 4x100m relay at the Pan-Am games. In 1984, at the Los Angeles Olympic Games, Ottenbrite was the first Canadian Woman to win a gold medal. The following year Anne Ottenbrite was inducted into the Canadian Amateur Sports Hall of Fame. More information about this notable woman can be found at the following sites.


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