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Dr. Jeanie Cameron part of 2019 Hall of Fame Class

Jeanie Cameron with coach Bernie Chisholm. File
Jeanie Cameron with coach Bernie Chisholm. File - Corey LeBlanc
ANTIGONISH, N.S. —

Dr. Jeanie Cameron was inducted posthumously into the Antigonish Highland Games Hall of Fame, July 11, as part of the Class of 2019. 

Cameron passed away in 2016.

“Certainly she is … very deserving,” her long-time coach Bernie ‘Bo’ Chisholm said, when asked about the induction.

“Jeanie was one of the top distance runners not only in Atlantic Canada, but all of Canada … Canadian junior champion. She represented Canada at the World Cross Country championships in 1978.

“One of the most disciplined, dedicated athletes I would say, who has ever come out of Antigonish.”

And she competed at the Highland Games at a time when the best-of-the-best made their way to Antigonish. Frank MacGibbon’s fabled track being one of the main draws.

“Back in the late-70s, the Highland Games was the premiere meet in eastern Canada; we had 600 to 700 athletes from Ontario down,” Chisholm said.

“I think in 1981, we had the whole Nova Scotia, whole New Brunswick, whole Newfoundland, whole P.E.I. and half of Quebec’s and half of Ontario’s teams here.

“The Highland Games, when Columbus Field was the fastest track east of Saint Lambert, Quebec, and the best cinder track in Canada, athletes just wanted to compete here and, of course, the atmosphere was unbelievable. Running in front of 6,000, 7,000, 8,000 fans jamming the field with piping going on and the Highland dancing … it was truly a Scottish event.”

And Jeanie Cameron would be right in the middle of it all, Chisholm noted.

“I was fortunate enough to be coaching the high school at that time and, certainly, with the high school team, we would just continue to train right into the Highland Games,” he said. “It was just a fantastic time for track and field.”

The citation for Cameron uses the word “dominating” to describe her performances during the time.

“From the late-70s to the mid-80s, Jeanie dominated women’s running in Atlantic Canada,” it reads.

“She remained a fixture at the Antigonish Highland Games for many years.

“Her coach, Bernie Chisholm, encouraged her to tackle longer distances. She trained for her first half marathon in Ottawa. Upon arrival, she decided that she had travelled too long a distance to do just the half. She registered for the marathon and won the women’s division.”

The 2017 Antigonish Highland Games were dedicated to her memory.

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