Betty Baxter

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Betty Baxter
Born 1952 (age 65–66)
Brooks, Alberta
Alma mater University of Alberta
Occupation athlete, activist and politician
Known for CIAU coach of the year; Canadian national volleyball team coach

Betty Baxter (born 1952)[1] is a Canadian athlete, activist and politician. Baxter is currently a school trustee for the Sunshine Coast District 46 in British Columbia.[2]

Baxter was a member of the women's national volleyball team at the 1976 Summer Olympics,[1] and was later named the team's head coach in 1979.[3] Prior to being named coach of the national team, Baxter was a women's volleyball coach at the University of Ottawa,[3] and was named the Canadian Interuniversity Athletics Union's coach of the year.

However, she was fired from that role in 1982 after the media began to report rumours that she was lesbian.[4] Baxter was not actually out as lesbian at the time, but subsequently came out and served as a board member of the 1990 Gay Games in Vancouver.[5] She also cofounded the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport and the National Coaching School for Women. Baxter subsequently worked as a professional volleyball coach.[2]

Baxter ran as a New Democratic Party candidate in Vancouver Centre in the 1993 federal election,[6] in a high-profile race against Prime Minister Kim Campbell, but was not elected. Baxter later was elected as a school trustee in 2011.[2]

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1993
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Hedy Fry 19,310 31.19%
Progressive Conservative Kim Campbell 15,510 25.05%
Reform Ian Isbister 10,808 17.46%
New Democratic Betty Baxter 9,397 15.18%
National Thorsten Ewald 4,949 7.99%
Natural Law John Cowhig 643 1.04%
Green Imtiaz Popat 586 0.95%
Christian Heritage Darren Lowe 242 0.39%
Libertarian Tunya Audain 220 0.36%
Independent Brian Godzilla Gnu Salmi 114 0.18%
Independent Scott Adams 83 0.13%
Commonwealth of Canada Lucille Boikoff 25 0.04%
Independent Peter C. Nuthall 24 0.04%


  1. ^ a b "A matter of pride; Firing for being gay, Betty Baxter turned political; now she's out to win B.C. riding for federal NDP". Montreal Gazette, August 17, 1992.
  2. ^ a b c "Betty Baxter/School District 46". Retrieved May 12, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Sports roundup: Volleyball". The Globe and Mail, November 27, 1979.
  4. ^ "Gay sports figures discuss homophobia ; 'What I do in my bedroom is my business'". Toronto Star, June 22, 1999.
  5. ^ "Vancouver hosts the third and largest Gay Games". The Globe and Mail, August 6, 1990.
  6. ^ "Lesbian candidate for the NDP [Betty Baxter acclaimed in June as federal NDP candidate for Vancouver Centre". Perceptions. July 29, 1992.