Delehanty, Megan – 2007

Delehanty, Megan – 2007

Megan Delehanty

Rowing Athlete, Calgary

Inducted in 2007


Megan Delehanty was born and raised in Edmonton.  Originally a track athlete at the University of Alberta, she was working out in the weight room in 1988 and was approached by a member of the rowing club to see if she would be interested in trying a new sport.


Megan started training at the Edmonton Rowing Club and excelled in club regattas.  She continued as a rower at the University of British Columbia.  She won a spot on the Canadian National Rowing Team and represented Canada as a member of the Under-23, Women’s 8+ at the United States Rowing Championship in 1990.  From there, she moved up to the Canadian Senior A team, and in 1991 was a member of the World Champion Women’s 8+.  Megan was a member of the Canadian Women’s Eight team at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona when the team won the gold medal.


Megan retired from rowing after the 1992 Olympic Games and continued to pursue her academic career, earning a Ph.D in Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh.  The success, stories and perseverance of the 1992 Canadian Olympic rowing team, as a whole, helped raise awareness and bring new members to the sport and to rowing clubs all across Canada.  Having an Albertan on the rowing team made other Albertans realize there was rowing in Edmonton, and perhaps they could do well in the sport, themselves.


Awards and Honours

Megan Delehanty was named to the U of A Sports Wall of Fame in 2005