Mary Haydon-Provos

Biography

Athlete : High Jumping
Year Inducted: 2003
Date of Birth: July 29th, 1920
Born in: Ottawa, Ontario

Mary Haydon-Provost (deceased) excelled in long, broad and high jumping at a time when most young ladies were discouraged from participating in such strenuous pursuits.  She set a national junior high jump record in 1937 and was recognized the Amateur Athletic Union of Canada as a top prospect for the 1940 Olympics.  World War II killed that dream.

She was among the first to master the roll-over high jump technique and earned a variety of provincial and national laurels.  Among the Ottawa Track Club founders, she later excelled in golf, basketball, bowling and curling and as a track official.