Elaine Tanner

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Elaine Tanner
Personal information
Full nameElaine Tanner-Watt
Nickname(s)"Mighty Mouse"
National teamCanada
Born (1951-02-22) February 22, 1951 (age 71)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Height1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)
Weight61 kg (134 lb)
Sport
SportSwimming
StrokesBackstroke, butterfly, freestyle
ClubPacific Dolphins
Medal record
Women's swimming
Representing  Canada
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1968 Mexico City 100 m backstroke
Silver medal – second place 1968 Mexico City 200 m backstroke
Bronze medal – third place 1968 Mexico City 4x100 m freestyle
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 1967 Winnipeg 100 m backstroke
Gold medal – first place 1967 Winnipeg 200 m backstroke
Silver medal – second place 1967 Winnipeg 100 m butterfly
Silver medal – second place 1967 Winnipeg 4×100 m freestyle relay
Silver medal – second place 1967 Winnipeg 4×100 m medley relay
British Empire and Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – first place 1966 Kingston 110 yd butterfly
Gold medal – first place 1966 Kingston 220 yd butterfly
Gold medal – first place 1966 Kingston 440 yd individual medley
Gold medal – first place 1966 Kingston 4×110 yd freestyle relay
Silver medal – second place 1966 Kingston 110 yd backstroke
Silver medal – second place 1966 Kingston 220 yd backstroke
Silver medal – second place 1966 Kingston 4×110 yd medley relay

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.[1]

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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.[2]

In 1967, Tanner competed at the Pan American Games in Winnipeg. She won two gold medals and three silver medals at the games. She was also able to break two world records.[3]

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.[4]

She was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1969 and was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1971.[2] Since 1972, the Elaine Tanner Award has been given to Canada’s top junior female athlete.

References[change | change source]

  1. "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.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "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.
  3. "B.C.'s all-time sporting greats". The Vancouver Sun. Archived from the original on 2009-08-04. Retrieved 2015-09-24.
  4. "Promise after a painful past". The Province. Retrieved 2015-09-24.

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