Members of the CMA have been saddened to hear of the recent passing in British Columbia of Diane Palmason, an inductee into the CMA Hall of Fame in 2010. Diane began masters running with the Ottawa marathon in 1976, inspired by the first World Masters Championship in Toronto the year before. She competed in a total of 77 marathons, setting Canadian records in Women 40, 45, 55, 60 and 65 age groups. She also set many Canadian records on the track, and nine World records from 400m to 10000m, with her last reported race being a 15K at age 75. Diane was an inspiration to many other masters athletics competitors.
Another 2010 CMA Hall of Fame inductee, Jack Castle, passed away last week in Scarborough, Ontario. Jack began masters athletics in 1986, competing in track distances, road races and cross country, including all World Outdoor Championships from 1989 until 2007. He was a member of the CMAA/CMA Executive or Board continuously from 1987 to 2020, serving at various times as President, Vice-President and Treasurer, holding the latter position until 2020, and for many years being responsible for obtaining all of the medals awarded by the CMA. He also served as Treasurer on the North American Regional Board. A celebration of Jack’s life will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2022, at 5:00 pm, at MacDougall and Brown, 2900 Kingston Road, Scarborough, ON M1M 1N5, with a service at 6:00 pm.
The CMA expresses its condolences to the families of Diane and Jack. For further information, please refer to: https://canadianmasters.ca/about/awards/hall-of-fame/