1996 Sportswoman of the Year

Dawn BIRLEY

Photo: Dawn BIRLEY

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 Margarete (Benitz)flag: Germany GERShooting
GORODOK Svetlana flag: Ukraine UKRAthletics
CHALOM Eve flag: United States USAFigure Skating
ODDONE Barbara flag: Italy ITATennis
MYRVOLL Tone flag: Norway NORCross Country Skiing
LENZENWOGER Nicoletta flag: Austria AUTAlpine Skiing
VAN OSSELAER Elli flag: Belgium BELSwimming
SVENSSON Katrin flag: Sweden SWEAthletics
JENSEN Karin Arboe flag: Denmark DENBadminton