Jones Konihowski, Diane C.M - 2002

Jones Konihowski, Diane C.M - 2002

Diane Jones Konihowski

Multisport Builder, Calgary

Inducted in 2002

Diane Jones Konihowski has been involved in sport for over 45 years as an athlete, coach, official, administrator, volunteer, journalist, and now as a parent. Her prolific athletic career as a three-time Olympian and twice ranked number one pentathlon competitor in the world was just the beginning of Diane's sporting achievements.

As an administrator, Diane began her professional career in 1985 with the Alberta Sport Council as Director of the Alberta Olympic Game Plan - a unique plan designed to significantly increase the number of Alberta athletes on the 1988 Canadian Olympic Team. Later Diane continued her work with high performance athletes at the National Sport Centre Calgary.

As Manager of Athlete Services Diane developed the Y.E.S. (Youth Education through Sport) Program which trained athletes in public speaking and put them into Alberta schools as positive role models. Diane also developed a Self-Marketing Workshop, which assisted athletes in the development of a personal marketing portfolio to help them raise the much-needed dollars to support their sport training.

A long time advocate of drug-free sport, coaching education, and athlete development, Diane has spent the past 16 years as a volunteer Director of Fair Play Canada, the Coaching Association of Canada, Canadian Olympic Association and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport. During this time she undertook the roles of Vice-President of Marketing and Director of Public Relations at the National Sport Centre Calgary. She also led the 2000 Canadian Olympic Team to Sydney, Australia as Chef de Mission.

Diane's sporting accomplishments on and off the field are numerous, and she has received several major awards for her contributions to improving the Canadian sport system. The most noteworthy are the Order of Canada in 1978, YWCA "Woman of Distinction" Sport & Recreation Award in 1988, "Great Canadian" Award in 1993, and she was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Sports Hall of Fame in 1995. This spring Diane will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Laws Degree from the University of Saskatchewan and Brock University in recognition of her distinguished contribution to Canadian sport.