Irene MacDonald

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Irene Margaret MacDonald
Personal information
Born (1931-11-22)November 22, 1931
Hamilton, Ontario
Died June 20, 2002(2002-06-20) (aged 70)
Sport Diving

Irene Margaret MacDonald, OBC (November 22, 1931 – June 20, 2002) was a Canadian athlete, sports executive and broadcaster from Hamilton, Ontario.[1] She won Canada's first-ever Olympic diving medal, a bronze, at the 1956 Summer Games.

She won a Bronze medal in 3 Metres Springboard Diving at the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games and a Silver medal at the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games. She also competed at the 1960 Summer Olympics.

She was a broadcaster for CBC television covering diving events from the 1976 Summer Olympics through to the 1988 Summer Olympics.

In 1991, she was made a Member of the Order of British Columbia. She is a member of the BC Sports Hall of Fame, the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, and the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame.


  1. ^ "Famous Canadian Women Athletes". Retrieved 2007-01-23. 
  • Allan Woods (July 23, 2002). "Irene MacDonald: Canada's 'queen of the springboard'". The Globe and Mail. p. R9.