Ell, Elaine – 1976
Ell, Elaine – 1976
Wheelchair Track & Field Athlete, Edmonton
Inducted in 1976
Elaine Ell holds Canadian records in shot-put, javelin, and pentathlon. She has won over 50 medals in Canadian Championships from 1968 to 1974. She won a gold medal at the Pan American Games in 1973. Elaine Ell went on to win gold at the 1975 Pan American Games in pentathlon, javelin, precision, and dartchery.
1976 Wheelchair Track & Field Athlete, Edmonton
Elaine competed at the 1980 Arnhem Paralympics where she finished fifth in the Javelin throw and tenth in the Discus Throw. Elaine was active with the Northern Lights Wheelchair Association - and at the 1988 Seoul Paralympic, she earned a fourth place finish with the Canadian wheelchair basketball team. She retired from competition after the '88 Seoul games. Throughout her wheelchair sports career, Elaine received more than one hundred medals and earned numerous accolades.
For nine years, Elaine was the Assistant Public Relations Director for the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Team. She set up interviews for the media with the players - an especially busy time in the early 1980s with the team's new and rising stars. She updated statistics and injuries and made sure that the Oilers game notes were prepared for the media before each game. Elaine also wrote articles for the Oilers Game Day magazine. She also made public speaking presentations for and about the Oilers. Elaine received two Stanley Cup rings during her tenure with the organization – in 1984 and 1985.
Elaine was invited to attend the Oilers 1984 Stanley Cup 30-year reunion in 2014, which she proudly did.
Elaine received the Stan Stronge Memorial Award in 1995 - which is given to an athlete who demonstrates commitment to wheelchair sports as well as to the community on a local, provincial, national and international scale.
Update: April 2015
Elaine passed away