Winners: Robina Higgins, Athletics

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Robina Higgins throws the javelin

Robina Higgins throwing the javelin at the British Empire Games.
Date: 1938
Collection: Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame & Museum

1937 - Feature Story

Robina Higgins had long been considered one of Canada’s top woman athletes before she was finally accorded the honour in 1937. Born in Winnipeg, she first honed her throwing skills as a baseball player. She then expanded that talent to athletics’ field events, proving outstanding in javelin, shot put, discus and baseball throw disciplines, winning national championships in all four events and setting several Canadian records along the way. She likely would have dominated at the 1937 Canadian Track and Field Championships, but athletics officials opted not to conduct a national competition that year, opting instead to hold zone trials for the 1938 British Empire Games in Sydney. The 21-year-old stenographer from Winnipeg, however, rewrote her national javelin record in 1937, and edged golfer Mrs. John Rogers in voting for the country’s top woman athlete award. Higgins went on to win the Gold medal in javelin at the 1938 British Empire Games. 

Career Highlights

  • 1938 Canadian record in javelin (131 feet, 11.75 inches) stood until 1952
  • 1938 Gold medal in the javelin event at the British Empire Games in Sydney, Australia
  • 1937 Bobbie Rosenfeld Award (Canada’s female athlete of the year)
  • 1937 Canadian record holder in discus and shot put
  • 1935 Canadian record in baseball throw (222 feet, 2 inches) stood until 1947
Robina Higgins with the javelin

Robina Higgins throwing the javelin.
Date: 1930’s
Collection: Canada's Sports Hall of Fame

Robina Higgins with a shot put.

Robina Higgins throwing a shot put.
Date: 1930’s
Collection: Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame & Museum

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