|Full name||Elaine Tanner-Watt|
|Born||February 22, 1951|
Vancouver, British Columbia
|Height||1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||61 kg (134 lb)|
|Strokes||Backstroke, butterfly, freestyle|
Elaine Tanner-Watt, OC (born February 22, 1951) is a Canadian retired professional swimmer. She was a backstroke, butterfly, and freestyle swimmer. She was nicknamed "Mighty Mouse" because of her small height but also because of her competitive drive.
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Tanner competed for Canada at the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica. While there, she was able to win four gold medals and three silver medals. By doing this, she became the first woman to ever win four golds at a Commonwealth Games. In 1966, Tanner was awarded the Lou Marsh Trophy for being Canada's top athlete. She became the youngest person to ever win the award. The same year, she also won the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award for Canada's female athlete of the year.
Tanner competed for Canada at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. She won two individual silver medals and one relay bronze medal. She suffered from depression and retired from competition after the 1968 Olympics at 18 years of age.
She was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1969 and was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1971. Since 1972, the Elaine Tanner Award has been given to Canada’s top junior female athlete.
References[change | change source]
- "If dancing in parks were an Olympic event, B.C. would be in great shape". The Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2015-09-24.
- "Canada's Sports Hall of Fame profile". Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2015-09-24.
- "B.C.'s all-time sporting greats". The Vancouver Sun. Archived from the original on 2009-08-04. Retrieved 2015-09-24.
- "Promise after a painful past". The Province. Retrieved 2015-09-24.
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