August 2, 2022:
On Saturday July 30, . Canadian Masters Athletics announced its 2022 inductees on the CMA Hall of Fame. An awards ceremony was held during the banquet for the 2022 CMA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Regina, Saskatchewan and the CMA would like to thank the hosts, the Excel Athletika Track and Field Club and Saskatchewan Athletics.
Based on recommendations made by the Hall of Fame Committee, the CMA Board inducts into the Canadian Masters Athletics Hall of Fame individuals who are judged to have made significant contributions to masters athletics in Canada, in either of two categories – as Athletes or as Executives/Administrators.
For the year 2022, three individuals were inducted into the Hall of Fame in the category of Athletes, the late Chris McCubbins from Manitoba, Jerry Kooymans from Ontario and Barbara Dabrowski also from Ontario.
Chris McCubbins, from Manitoba, represented Canada in the 1976 Olympics in the 10,000m He competed four times at the World Cross Country Championships representing the United States in 1969 and 1970 and Canada in 1978 and 1979. He won the gold medal in steeplechase at the 1967 Pan Am Games and competed as a modern pentathlete.
He was a world-class masters distance runner in the 1980s and early 1990s. In 1986 he was named the top Canadian masters distance runner and fourth ranked in the world by Runners’ World magazine.
Chris competed on the track, indoors and outdoors, cross country and the road in distances from 3000m to 20K.
He set 7 CMA records of which 5 still stand today. One was a North American masters record. He moved on to cross country skiing in later years.
Chris gave back to his community by coaching, organizing events and fundraisers and helping inner city children have opportunities in sport.
He was inducted into the Manitoba Sport Hall of Fame in , Chris passed away in 2009.
Jerry Kooymans, from Ontario, has been a member of CMA since 1996, following 25 years as an Athletics Canada member.
He competes at distances from 800m to the half marathon and is equally at home on the indoor and outdoor track, the road and the cross-country course.
Jerry won 20 CMA championships medals and set 27 records between 2000 and 2019, 16 of which still stand. He took home two bronze medals from the WMA Championships in 2005 and one gold from the NCCWMA Championships in 2019.
He has been a member of the Bluenose/GAAT trophy winning teams (for the top province in the national cross-country championships) for 6 .
Jerry was inducted into the Ontario Masters Hall of Fame in 2012 and was named the Male Long Distance Athlete of the Year by NCCWMA.
Barbara Dabrowski, from Ontario, has been a member of CMA since 2006.
Currently, she competes primarily in javelin (in which she is undefeated in her age group since 2006) and previously she had also competed in shot put and discus.
Barbara is a prolific competitor. She won 12 gold medals in 8 CMA Championships, a perfect record. In 10 USATF Masters Championships she won 5 gold, 4 silver and one bronze medal. In 4 NCCWMA Championships she won 3 gold and one silver medal. She won gold at the World Masters Games in 2017 and in 6 WMA Championships she won 4 gold, 1 silver and 1 medals.
Barbara currently holds CMA records in three age groups and has repeatedly broken her own records. That in the W50 age group has stood for 13 years.
She has been top 4 in the WMA rankings 10 times since 2007 and 1st in three of those years.
Barb gives back to the sport through her involvement with the Throwers Club.