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Molly Killingbeck was a sprinter who, in international competition, has won 16 golds, 13 silvers and 7 bronzes at the 200m & 400m distances
Molly Killingbeck was a world-renowned sprinter, even though she has claimed, with self-deprecating humour, that she only took up running to avoid after-school chores, because “anyone could join the track team.” A four-time national sprint champion, she competed in the Olympic Games in 1984 and 1988, bringing home a silver medal, as well as winning gold twice at the Commonwealth Games, silver at the Pan Am Games and the World University Games.
Far from hanging up her track shoes after the Olympics, she continued her passionate involvement in her sport as a sprint/relay coach, including coaching the Canadian Men’s Gold Medal relay team (4x100m) at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
Her dedication and her abilities have earned her more awards than can be listed here: among others, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award in 2002, York University’s athlete of the year, and athlete of the year of the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union; and the International Amateur Athletic Federation Merit Award. She has also been an inductee to the York University Sport Hall of Fame.
These days, Molly is bringing her talents to the Toronto Pan Am / Parapan Am 2015 Games, to ensure they leave a lasting legacy for Canadian athletes and communities in Ontario. As a sport manager for the Games, Molly is using her skills gleaned from her time as an athlete and coach to ensure Toronto shines as brightly as the athletes it attracts to the 2015 Games.
Etobicoke Sports Hall of Fame video on Molly Killingbeck
Molly came to Canada from Jamaica at the age of 13, steeped in the sporting culture of her birth nation. Now, as then, sprinting is a way of life for Jamaicans, she says. Many of the island’s most revered sports heroes are runners, and they have created a legacy that runs deep.
Molly's involvement with Etobicoke and its surrounding communities goes back to her childhood. As a school athlete from York District, she competed with Etobicoke schools; later she moved with her own family into south Etobicoke.
In addition to the work she does for all Canadian athletes, Molly has continued to enrich the life of the community of Etobicoke through generous gifts of her time, knowledge and skills - everything from an ongoing commitment to the James S. Bell Community School Advisory Board to participation in programs at Christ the King Catholic Church, which she, her husband Liam O’Connor and son Quinn still attend, and taking part in volunteer programs in the schools aimed at helping kids enjoy an active lifestyle.
Beyond Canada, Molly is also one of the founders of Pencils for Kids (http://pencilsforkids.com/), a grass roots charitable organization that partners with communities to create long lasting educational opportunities by providing programs, resources and infrastructure. Since 2005, it has partnered with the community of Liboré, Niger, West Africa, with a population of 30,000. It has built three schools, a library, nine kindergartens, sponsored scholarships for girls and is piloting a Farmers of the Future program in three schools.
Bidders wishing to have lunch with Molly must be able to get themselves to Toronto in order to receive their reward.
Eat lunch with Molly or have a call over Skype
Have a healthy lunch with Molly in Toronto or have a video Skype chat with her for up to half an hour. Feel free to chat with Molly about her athletic accomplishments, her charitable endeavours, or her vision for health and wellness in Canada. Bidders wishing to have lunch with Molly must be able to get to Toronto on their own.