Heather Giford-Seaman


Athlete : Water Polo
Year Inducted: 2013
Date of Birth: March 24th, 1956
Born in: Ottawa, Ontario

Born in Ottawa in 1956, Gifford-Seaman was introduced to water polo at Canterbury High School in 1972, playing goaltender. She went on to become a member of the Ottawa Water Polo Team from 1973 to 1982; was a member of Team Ontario from 1974 to 1982; and a member of Canada’s National Team from 1977 to 1982, playing a key role in Canada’s 1981 World Championship title.

Gifford-Seaman has made major contributions to her sport, coaching the Ottawa Junior Women from 1980 to 1982. She also served as Vice President of the Ontario Water Polo Association from 1981 to 1982, and was in charge of Women’s Development. Additionally, from 1977 to 1981 she was a Player Representative on the Ontario Water Polo Coaches Committee.

At the national level, Gifford-Seaman served as Vice President of the Board of Directors for Water Polo Canada, and was responsible for National Women’s Team Development from 1983 to 1985. Gifford-Seaman also served as Commissioner of the Canadian Water Polo league in 1983. She is a member of the Ontario Aquatic Hall of Fame.