BiographyBuilder - Athletics / Bâtisseur - Athlétisme
Year Inducted: 2010
Date of Birth: November 15th, 1958
Born in: London, Ontario
Anne Merklinger has had an impressive career in high-performance sport for over four decades as both an athlete and leader.
Merklinger was a member of the Canada national swim team from 1977-81 earning a silver medal at the 1979 World University Games in the 200-metre breaststroke. Following her stint in the pool, Merklinger focused her athletic career on the curling rink, consistently ranking as one of
Canada`s most distinguished women and curlers.
A four-time winner of the Ontario Women`s Curling Championships, Merklinger led her team to two Scotties Tournament of Hearts finals.
Turning to administration, Merklinger began twenty years of management with national sport organizations including Canoe Kayak Canada, the Commission for Inclusion of Athletes with a Disability and the Canadian Federation of Sport Organizations for the Disabled.
Merklinger is also on the Board of Directors of Special Olympics Canada. In 2009, she was named Director of Summer Sport for Own the Podium, the COA`s world-leading program, focused on impacting the success of Canadian athletes at the Olympic and Paralympics.