1996 Sportswoman of the Year

Dawn BIRLEY

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Flag: Canada Canada (CAN)

Taekwondo

Dawn, daughter of deaf parents, gained worldwide fame and publicity by competing as the lone deaf middleweight entrant on the national team of Canada at both World and Pan American championships held in the Philippines and Cuba. She is also an excellent volleyball, basketball and softball player for the Gallaudet University.

Other top finishers in this ranking order:

AthleteCountrySport
BLUEMLEIN MargareteFlag: Germany Germany (GER)Shooting
GORODOK SvetlanaFlag: Ukraine Ukraine (UKR)Athletics
CHALOM EveFlag: United States United States (USA)Figure Skating
ODDONE BarbaraFlag: Italy Italy (ITA)Tennis
MYRVOLL ToneFlag: Norway Norway (NOR)Cross Country Skiing
LENZENWÖGER NicolettaFlag: Austria Austria (AUT)Alpine Skiing
VAN OSSELAER ElliFlag: Belgium Belgium (BEL)Swimming
SVENSSON KatrinFlag: Sweden Sweden (SWE)Athletics
JENSEN Karin ArboeFlag: Denmark Denmark (DEN)Badminton

Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year