NLAA
Hall of Fame

Becky Sjare

Category: Builder
Inducted: Thursday, July 18, 2013
Place of Birth: Alberta

From an impressive record of athletics success in her native Alberta to extremely important and valuable contributions in the coaching and officiating field in Newfoundland and Labrador, Becky Sjare has enjoyed tremendous success within athletics. Following very rewarding performances in shot-put and javelin at the university level, she arrived in St. John’s in 1993 and immediately began important contributions to athletics within Newfoundland and Labrador.

Starting as a middle distance running coach in 1994 she has been very actively involved in grooming and advising athletes of various ages in a wide range of events, everything except the pole vault. Holder of a level II for jumps, she has been involved in numerous provincial Summer Games as a coach, regional coordinator or as an official and in all positions her contributions have been extremely valuable.

For three years she was a member of the provincial team coaching staff at national Legion championships and in an extremely important fashion she was a member of the provincial Canada Games team coaching staff for the 1997, 2001m 2005 and 2009 Canada Games and is currently head coach for the provincial team for the 2013 Games in Sherbrooke, Quebec. On several occasions she has filled the role of head coach for Memorial University athletics at the Atlantic championships.

She has been a provincial executive board member since the early 2000s and with the Pearlgate Track and Field Club since 2006. In addition to coaching she has provided expertise to officials and trained officials for throwing events. There is a long list of athletes that she has coached to medal performances in various national championships.

Her first introduction to Newfoundland and Labrador occurred at the 1977 Canada Summer Games in St. John’s where she won a shot-put gold medal and a javelin bronze medal, causing her to be selected for Canada in a tri-country championship against Cuba and Italy. Her history includes competitive performances in swimming, volleyball, basketball, canoeing and cross country running in addition to athletics.