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Fanny “Bobbie” Rosenfeld

As a medal-winning Olympian and a leading sports journalist, Fanny Rosenfeld’s multi-faceted career changed the landscape of women’s sports in Canada.

A portrait of Fanny “Bobbie” Rosenfeld.

Journalist and Olympic Track & Field Athlete

A remarkable figure in Canadian sports, Fanny “Bobbie” Rosenfeld achieved acclaim as both a track and field athlete and a sportswriter. Her shining moment came at the 1928 Olympic Summer Games in Amsterdam, where she secured two Olympic medals – becoming one of the first Canadian women to compete at the Games. Unfortunately, arthritis cut short her athletic career, but she channeled her passion into writing. For 20 years, her column “Sports Reel” graced the pages of The Globe and Mail, where she promoted and defended women’s sports in an otherwise discriminatory landscape.

Rosenfeld served as a role model for women in sports, particularly those from the working class.

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Further Resources
Read more about Rosenfeld’s life as chronicled by The Canadian Encyclopedia
Explore the CBC’s deep-dive on Rosenfeld’s career

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