Janet (Dick) Takahashi
Sport: Track & Field
Year Inducted: 1990
Janet Takahashi (nee Dick) is regarded by her coach as the most prolific runner in the history of the University of Western Ontario. A partial list of her accomplishments there backs up his opinion.
Between 1975 and 1979 Janet won eight gold medals, five silver, and four bronze medals in inter-university competition. She was named MVP four times in track and field and another four times in cross country. In 1979, Janet was named the Outstanding Female Athlete at Western. She was also Ontario Champion in both the 800 and 1500 meters in 1980.
Before Western, Janet had been a superb athlete at CCVS under Bob Tucker. She was undefeated in S.D.& G. competiton and her 400 meter record still stands. In addition, she was called Top Female Competitor at the All-Ontario OFFSA Championships.
Janet’s victories were not limited to high school and university. She won both the 1500 and 3000 meter events at the USA Masters Outdoor Championships. This was in addition to many road racing events where she was sponsored by Nike Shoes.
Presently, Janet is married and teaching in London, Ontario. Janet’s outstanding career makes her one of Cornwall’s most deserving athletes.