2000 Canadian Sport Awards
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Diane Jones Konihowski, a three-time Olympian, is one of Canada’s most famous female athletes. Her lifetime commitment to sporting excellence and community values have earned her the respect, admiration and support of her colleagues and of the nation.
As an athlete, Jones Konihowski’s highlights include competing in the pentathlon at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton. She won four of the five events for the gold and also set a Games points record which propelled her to the top of the world rankings. In all she compiled over 60 national titles, was named Canada’s female athlete of the year in 1975 and 1978, received the Order of Canada in 1978 and was Chatelaine magazine’s first woman of the year in 1979.
Since retiring, she has used her high public profile to speak of the value of sport at schools, sport camps, women’s conferences and charity events and many other venues. She’s been involved in various capacities with the Coaching Association of Canada, Canadian Sports Hall of Fame selection committee, Canadian teams for major Games and is the Chef de Mission for the 2000 Olympic squad.
Health issues are other beneficiaries of Jones Konihowski’s legendary commitment. She’s been a spokesperson for the Alberta Schizophrenic Society, patron of the Alberta Lupus Association and honorary chair for Take Charge Athletics, a program for breast cancer patients.