Sharon Firth

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Sharon Firth ONWT (born 31 December 1953 in Aklavik, Northwest Territories) is a Canadian former cross-country skier who competed in the Winter Olympics in 1972, 1976, 1980 and 1984.[1]

She is the twin sister of fellow ski team member Shirley Firth. They became the first indigenous women to be inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.[2][3][4] Firth received a National Aboriginal Achievement Award in the sports category in 2005.[5] Sharon Firth also received the John Semmelink Memorial Award in 1972, the Commissioner’s Award in 1981, the Order of Canada award in 1987, and the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002.[6] In 1990, Firth was inducted into the Canadian Ski Museum and Skiing Hall of Fame.[6]

From 1968 to 1985, Sharon and Shirley Firth were both members of Canada’s national cross-country team.[7] The twins obtained a total of 79 medals at the national championships.[7]

Life after skiing[edit]

Following Sharon Firth’s cross-country skiing career, she moved to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.[8] Firth worked for the government of the Northwest Territories and became a Youth Program Advisor.[8]

Honours[edit]

Firth was awarded an honorary doctorate of laws from the University of Alberta in 2017.[9] She was made a member of the Order of the Northwest Territories in 2018.[10] She was awarded the Member of the Order of Canada (CM) as per the Canada Gazette of 26 December 1987.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Sharon Firth". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Canada's Sports Hall of Fame | Stories". www.sportshall.ca. Retrieved 2017-11-01.
  3. ^ "First indigenous women inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame". As it happens. CBC Radio. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Canadian History and Society Through the Lens of Sport".
  5. ^ Andrews Miller, Heather. "Sharon Firth; Cross-country, then around the world". Aboriginal Multi-Media Society. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Indspire | Sharon Anne Firth". indspire.ca. Retrieved 2018-03-24.
  7. ^ a b "Sharon Firth - Canadian Ski Museum". www.skimuseum.ca. Canadian Ski Museum. Retrieved 2018-03-24.CS1 maint: others (link)
  8. ^ a b Marshall, Tabitha. "Shirley and Sharon Firth". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2018-03-24.
  9. ^ "U of A awards honorary doctorate to Canadian skiing legend". CBC News. Retrieved 2017-11-30.
  10. ^ https://www.assembly.gov.nt.ca/sites/default/files/images/onwt_2018_biographies.pdf
  11. ^ Canada Gazette 26 December 1987