BiographyRace Walking / Marche athlétique
Year Inducted: 1988
Date of Birth: February 27th, 1961
Born in: Ottawa, Ontario
Ann A. Peel dominated Canadian women’s race walking throughout the 1980’s when the event was in its infancy. Claimed four national 5 km and one 10 km titles and represented Canada in the 1987 Pan-Am Games, earning a 10 km Silver medal . She participated in the 1990 Commonwealth Games.
She finished fourth in the 1985 World University Games and then took the bronze medal in the 1987 race. She also won bronze medals in the 1985, 1987 and 1989 World Indoor Championships. She represented Canada in the America’s Cup competition she won two gold and one silver medal and finished in the top 16 in World Cups in 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987 and 1989.
She was instrumental in Canadian lobbying efforts to have the women’s event included in the 1990 Commonwealth Games as well as the 1992 Olympic Games. A noted sprint walker, her 1989 national indoor 3,000 metre record still stands and her 10 km record set in 1987 was not broken until 1992.
In 1995 she shared the Bryce Taylor Memorial Award as volunteer to Canadian sport system in the areas of leadership development, innovation and growth.