Born in Russia, Bobbie was a baby when she immigrated with her parents to Canada. Later one of the world’s best sprinters, Bobbie ran and won her first race when she was a young girl attending a town picnic.
At the picnic, she and her sister had lost the money they had brought to buy food. Luckily the prize for winning the children’s race was a boxed lunch.
Bobbie was an all-around athlete, excelling in softball, ice hockey, basketball, and of course, track. When she was 19 years old, she caught the eye of Canadian sports officials when she aced the competition at an annual fair in Toronto. She went to the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam as a member of the Canadian team. She won both a Gold and Silver medal and earned more points for her country than any other athlete at the Games.
After Bobbie retired from competing, she coached track and softball and worked as one of the first female sportswriters.
In 1950, Bobbie Rosenfeld was voted “Canada’s Female Athlete of the Half-Century” and was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. More than 40 years after her death, she is remembered as a remarkable athlete and pioneering sportswriter who dared to push the boundaries to make a better world for women in sports.