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Ollie Currie's many accomplishments, from the local level to the international level, have all been made possible by her unending efforts aimed at providing the best possible opportunities for the athlete. Her commitment to the sport of swimming began in 1972 with the Jasper Place Swim Club and mainly with the Edmonton Keyano Swim Club.

Ollie's dedication and excellence have led her around the world as a representative of Swimming / Natation Canada. The majority of Ollie's experience has been with able-bodied athletes, including her roles as Team Manager with the Canadian National Team at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, three World Championships, four Commonwealth Games, four Pan American Games and two Pan Pacific Games teams. A highlight of Ollie's career was her role as Chef de Mission for the Aquatic Federation of Canada at the 1994 World Championships in Rome. Since 1996, Ollie has been involved with the “Swimmers With a Disability” program, attending the 1996 and 2000 Paralympic Games as Team Manager of the Canadian Team.

Ollie has served as a Board Member of the Commonwealth Games Association of Canada, the FINA Swimming World Cup Organizing Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee, Swim Canada and Swim Alberta.

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Ollie has been to more than 50 international assignments for swimming, taking her to more than 30 countries. She was chairperson of the 2005 World Masters Games swim meet in Edmonton. She was among 100 people to receive the 2005 Alberta Centennial Salute for Sport and Recreation Award. In 2011, Ollie was inducted into the Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame and was invested into the Order of Canada by the Governor General. Ollie was present and spoke at the 35th Anniversary celebration (held June 23, 2013) of the Keyano Swim Club.

  • 2005 - Alberta Centennial Salute for Sport and Recreation Award
  • 2005 - Chairperson of the World Masters Games (held in Edmonton)
  • 2011 - Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame inductee
  • 2011 - Order of Canada - September 16