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MacDonald, Jackie, 1932-


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Jackie (Jacqueline) MacDonald was an amateur athlete based in Toronto, Ontario who competed in provincial, national and international sporting competitions in the events of discus throw and shot put during the 1950s.

Jackie MacDonald was born in Toronto in 1932. She obtained an Ontario Teaching Certificate from the Toronto Normal School, a B.A, from Carleton University, a B.Ed. (specialist in TESL) from the University of Ottawa and a M.A (linguistique) from l'Univérsité de Montréal. She taught elementary school, including physical education. She taught ESL (English as a second Language) in Ottawa, Winnipeg and Mexico. She also taught quilting and swimming and coached competitive swimming.

During her teenage years MacDonald competed in various sports. She won her first medal at the 1948 Ontario Junior diving championships where she placed first in the ten foot springboard. Also during her teen years, she played basketball in Toronto, Ontario and Eastern Canadian championship teams, setting a personal best of 38 points in one game. In 1953 Jackie approached Lloyd Percival to coach her in shot put and discus throw. He introduced MacDonald to weight training, which garnered her publicity in articles in body building and weight lifting magazines.

At the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, Jackie won a silver medal in the shot put. She was also entered in the discus but was withdrawn by the Canadian team on the suspicion of professionalism (during the Games, an ad had run in Vancouver newspapers featuring Jackie holding an Orange Crush soda bottle). . Following the Games, the Amateur Athletic Association of Canada quickly exonerated MacDonald of any wrongdoing, preserving her amateur status.

MacDonald continued to compete for Canada at the international level during the mid to late l950s, including: the 1955 Pan-American Games in Mexico City where she finished 5th in discus; the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia where she finished 10th in shot put; the 1957 World Youth Games in Moscow, U.S.S.R. where she finished 6th in shot put; and the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Cardiff, Wales where she won the bronze medal in shot put.

During her forties and fifties, Jackie continued her athletic career by competing in Masters swimming. She won medals in Canadian, American and international championships in the 50 meter freestyle and backstroke. At the first World Masters Games held in Toronto, Jackie competed in cycling. In the 50 to 59 age group, she was the first in the criterium and second in both the road race and time trial. Recently, MacDonald has competed in cycling and set an Ottawa Bicycle Club record becoming the first woman in the Vet F 80-89 year age category to compete at the Ottawa Bicycle Club Women's Time Trials.

In 2000, Ann Hall, Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta interviewed MacDonald for her book "The Girl and the Game: A History of Women's Sports in Canada". It was Ann Hall who advised Jackie of the archival value of her scrapbooks and encouraged her to donate to the Archives.

Jackie resided in Toronto until her marriage in 1958 to Bill Gelling, after which they settled in Ottawa.

Achievements (Confirmed by the Association of Track and Field Statisticians): 1954: Broke existing Canadian records in shot and discus 1954: Silver medal in shot at the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Vancouver 1954: Ranked first in the women's shot in the Western Hemisphere, second in the Commonwealth, and equal 57th in the world by the Association of Track and Field Statisticians 1955: Fifth place in the discus at the 1955 Pan American Games in Mexico City 1955: Ranked first in the women's shot in the Western Hemisphere, second in the Commonwealth, and 37th in the world by the Association of Track and Field Statisticians 1955: Ranked third in the discus in the Western Hemisphere and 74th in the world by the Association of Track and Field Statisticians 1956: Second Place in the shot (and broke the existing US record) at the US Indoor Track and Field Championships in Washington 1956: Second place in the shot and discus (and broke the existing US record in both events) at the US Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Philadelphia 1956: Tenth place in the shot at the Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia 1956: Ranked second in the women's shot in the Western Hemisphere and 26th in the world by the Association of Track and Field Statisticians Ranked fifth in the discus in the Western Hemisphere and 93rd in the world by the Association of Track and Field Statisticians 1957: Sixth place in the World Youth Games in Moscow in the shot 1958: Bronze medal in the shot at the Commonwealth Games in Cardiff Held the Canadian record for the women's shot put from 1954 to 1963 Held the Canadian record for the women's discus intermittently from 1954 to 1957

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Archives of Ontario fonds F 4662, Jackie MacDonald scrapbooks

Correspondece with Jackie MacDonald, June - August 2018.


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