Women's Sports: Former Olympian, Diane Clement receives Order of Canada

Diane Clement awarded with Order of Canada for services to sport

Former Olympic sprinter Diane Clement, 83, received the Order of Canada award in Ottawa for her services to track and field.

The Olympian was named among a list of 120 people honoured in the New Year. Clement received the award after being recognised, "for her contributions to sports and recreation and as an advocate for athletic excellence, fitness, and healthy living among all Canadians." 

On the track, Clement competed in what was known as the 100 and 220-yard dash and the 440 yards relay. She successfully held Canadian sprint records in both individual disciplines and reached even further heights at the pinnacle of her career.

Clement's career highlights include making the 1956 Canadian Olympic team and taking a bronze medal in the relay at the 1968 Commonwealth Games, challenging assumptions about what women could and could not achieve.

Regarded as a pioneer for women's sports, Clement's achievements extend far beyond her performance on the track. In 1959, she became the first woman to coach the University of British Columbia's women's track team. She also co-founded Kajaks Track and Field Club and the Vancouver Sun Run with her husband Doug Clement.

Continuing her involvement in athletics, Clement took on roles within the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) and Athletics Canada, becoming their first female president.  

Diane Clement

Clement joins her husband, who was honoured in 1991, as a recipient of the Order of Canada.

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