Winners: Debbie Van Kiekebelt, Athletics
1971 - Feature Story
Two outstanding track and field athletes named Debbie each won the 1971 Bobbie Rosenfeld Award. Debbie Van Kiekebelt was a pentathlete, a multi-events competitor with high jump her strongest discipline. Debbie Brill was a high jump specialist and innovator.
At age 16 Mississauga’s Van Kiekebelt had finished a credible fifth in the high jump at the 1970 British Commonwealth Games, but a year later she was ranked the top Canadian and North American women’s pentathlete and earned a trip to the 1971 Pan American Games in Cali, Colombia. There, the 17-year-old won the two-day pentathlon with a score of 4,290 points – finishing first in the high jump and long jump, second in the shot put, a tie for second in the 200m and a tie for fifth in the 100m hurdles.
- 1977 Inducted into the Mississauga Sports Hall of Fame
- 1972 Ranked seventh in the world heading into the Olympic Games in Munich
- 1971 Bobbie Rosenfeld Award (Canada’s female athlete of the year)
- 1971 Gold medal in pentathlon at the Pan American Games in Cali, Columbia
- 1971 Won an international pentathlon track meet in Munich, West Germany