Kathy (Prosser) Pierce
Sport: Track & Field
Year Inducted: 1990
Kathy Pierce (nee Prosser) first began to run seriously in grade 10 at CCVS. Three years later she was a Provincial Champion.
At the Ontario Summer Games in 1974, Kathy won gold in the 1500 meters and silver in the 3,000 meters. These medals earned her a place on Ontario’s team which competed at the National Junior Olympics.
The following year, 1975, Kathy enrolled at Brock University in St. Catherines, and her victories continued there under Coach Al Pedder. As a junior, Kathy ran an outstanding race in winning the Canadian Championship in the 3,000 meters. Later at the Junior Olympics in Edmonton, Kathy was the 1,500 meter Champion. 1975 was also the year she won the 1,500 meters at the Toronto Indoor Invitational Meet.
In 1976, Kathy’s victories continued when she set a record in the women’s open road race at St. Catherines. Her time bettered her own course record set the previous year. Brock University recognized these outstanding races by naming Kathy the winner of the O’Keefe award.
Kathy’s competition was not limited to Canada. She was a member of the first place relay team at a meet in Austin, Texas. In the 1500 metres in Alabama, Kathy also finished first. Kathy broke the meet record at the open races in Albany, New York where she finished ahead of 20 male runners. At Buffalo, Kathy won the Bonnie Bell 10 kilometre race; and in England, she raced in a one mile event.
Kathy’s accomplishments included a third place in the Canadian Cross Country Championships in Halifax. This placing earned her a spot on the Canadian Team at the World Championships in Germany.
Kathy finished her career as a local, Provincial, and Canadian Champion.
She is now living in Minneapolis, Minnesota married to William Pierce with two children, Megan and Matthew.