1976 Women’s Olympic Team
Linda Gail Schaumleffel
Monika Draeger Seymour
Barbara Mutch Cameron
Coxed Quadruple Sculls
Carol (Eastmure) Love
Becky Stevenson Ostrom
Olympic women’s rowing debuted at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal with 1000m races. Canada sent six boats to compete in these inaugural races: single sculls (Colette Pépin), double sculls (Cheryl Howard, Bev Cameron), coxless pair (Tricia Smith, Elizabeth Craig-Eaton), coxed four (Linda Gail Schaumleffel, Dolores Young, Monika Draeger Seymour, Joy Fera, Barbara Mutch Cameron), coxed quadruple sculls (Sandra Kirby, Elaine Bourbeau, Guylaine Bernier, Barbara Boettcher, Johanne Delisle) and coxed eight (Carol [Eastmore] Love, Rhonda Ross, Nancy Higgins, Ina Winterburn, Susan Antoft, Wendy Pullan, Christine Ferrara, Gail Cort, Illoana Smith).
Up to and during the time of the 1976 Games, the common perception of women in sport was that they could not push their bodies as hard as men could. Athletic participation was viewed as ‘unfeminine’ and it was even considered to be medically inadvisable for women to train and compete as elite athletes.
The 1976 Canadian women’s Olympic rowing team overcame a lack of coaching, resources and support to get to the Games in Montreal. These women are rowing pioneers who overcame societal discrimination and a lack of equal funding and resources to get to the highest level of our sport.
Photos: Canadian Olympic Committee
- First Canadian women to compete in rowing at an Olympic Games (at the Olympic debut of women’s rowing in 1976)