Accession number: 990.431.05
Measurements: 0.3 cm H x 5.1 cm Diameter
Marks/Label: Front: BRITISH EMPIRE GAMES / ENGLAND / 1934
Back: ATHLETICS / Women / 220 X 110 X 220 X 110 / 1st / AILEEN MEAGHER / PHILLIPS ALDERSHOT
Group: Track and field
Narrative: Aileen Meagher was born in 1910 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Meagher did not start her running career until she attended Dalhousie University, but with her talent and hard work, she very quickly rose to the top in the sport. By 1930, Aileen was the Canadian record holder for the 100 and 220-yard events, and was part of the Canadian contingent at the 1932 Olympics. Meagher was the worthy recipient of two prestigious awards in 1935. She was awarded the Velma Springstead Trophy as the Most Outstanding Canadian Female Athlete, and the Norton H. Crom award as the Most Outstanding Canadian Athlete. Aileen Meagher continued to compete in fine fashion. She went to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, and won a bronze medal in the 400-yard relay. 1938 found Meagher at the British Empire Games for the second time, winning a silver medal in the 400-yard relay, and a bronze medal in the 600-yard relay. This was Meagher"s last major competition. She used her return fare to purchase an around-the-world ticket to take her home, traveling from December until May. (Traveling was one of the major motivating factors for Aileen to keep up her running career. She was able to compete and travel in Australia, Berlin, London, and Los Angeles.) After retiring from running, Aileen Meagher became a full-time teacher and took up painting. There have been many exhibitions of her artwork since 1952. She continued to be recognized for her outstanding career as a runner, becoming a member of Canada"s Sport Hall of Fame, being given the Dalhousie Award in 1972. Aileen Meagher, one of Nova Scotia"s premier athletes, passed away in 1987 at the age of 67. She is an original Sport Hall of Fame inductee.
Description: One gold medal won at the British Empire Games, 1934. Won by Aileen Meagher.