Sheryl Boyle


Athlete : Canoe - Kayak
Year Inducted: 1984
Date of Birth: November 13th, 1965
Born in: Renfrew, Ontario

She took to the water at an early age, while simultaneously honing her artistic talents, which would lead to a BA in architecture from Carleton University and a MA from McGill University. She began competitive canoeing at 19 and became a national team member in 1986. She claimed the national whitewater kayak championship title in 1993 and 1994 and became the first woman to win World Cup whitewater medals, a silver in 1992 and bronze in 1993.

She competed in the 1992 and 1996 Olympics and then turned to coaching in 1997. Her artistic skills led to Olympic art honours from 1992 through to 1998. She also wrote Partners in Sport, a guide to assist amateur athletes find sponsorship. In 1998, she became the first high-performance director for her sport, bringing whitewater racing to a new level of national recognition. She won the Carleton architecture design thesis award and has worked as a national team leader at the Sydney Olympics.