Jean’s interest in tennis and badminton manifested itself at an early age and over a 60 year span she showed exceptional leadership as a teacher and participant.
Born in 1919 in Red Deer, AB, she became City Tennis Champion while still in high school. A participant at the University of Saskatchewan, she was honoured on the school’s Wall of Fame. She moved to Peterborough after World War II, resuming her interest in the racquet sports and they remained priorities over her lifetime. She won women’s and mixed doubles five times. In badminton, she won doubles three times and singles once. She was also Central Ontario Doubles Champion once.
Health problems curtailed her play but she enthusiastically volunteered her expertise to coach. In addition to the Quaker Club, Jean volunteered many years at Fleming College, the Nautilus Health Club and also with Five Counties where she taught physically handicapped children in wheelchairs to play tennis. She was eminently qualified, having been certified at Level II by the Ontario Tennis Association and at Level I by the Ontario Badminton Association.
Jean showed exceptional unselfish leadership and dedication to her sport. She founded the St. Paul’s Church Badminton Club and in 1998 published an illustrated manual “Tennis Tips for the Average Player” also espousing her personal philosophy on teaching: “aim to have the players feel they belong, no matter what their skill level.”