Gallery Exhibits at the Archives of Ontario

Spirit of Sport: The Legacy of Jackie MacDonald

What better way to celebrate the 2015 Pan / Parapan American Games in Toronto than to showcase the records of a Toronto athlete who experienced the Games firsthand? Jackie MacDonald was a trail blazer for amateur sport in Canada, and was instrumental in challenging conventional views of female athletes. The Archives of Ontario is fortunate to showcase her scrapbooks (reference code F 4662), which document her prolific athletic career from 1947 to 1958, including her participation in the discus throw at the 1955 Pan American Games in Mexico City.

Jackie also represented Canada in shot put and discus at the 1954 and 1958 British Empire Commonwealth Games, the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, and the 1957 World Youth Games in Moscow.  She held the Canadian women's shot put record for ten years straight, from 1953 to 1963.

Her scrapbooks share a tale of determination, adventure, camaraderie, and passion. Share in this passion during the Year of Sport by visiting this exhibit, on now until the end of August 2015 in the Archives of Ontario’s lobby.

Jackie observing the Discobolus at the Musée du Louvre, Paris, France
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[Jackie observing the Discobolus at the Musée du Louvre, Paris, France], 1957
Jackie MacDonald scrapbooks
Volume VI: 1957 England and Europe
Reference Code: F 4662
Archives of Ontario, I0073441


Picture of Jackie MacDonald
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[Jackie with her 1948 Harley Davidson and posing in an ‘elbow stand’], 1952
Jackie MacDonald Scrapbooks
Volume I: The Early Years up to 1953
Reference Code: F 4662
Archives of Ontario, I0073430
[Jackie and her teammates during the flag raising at the Pan-American Games], 1955
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[Jackie and her teammates during the flag raising at the Pan-American Games], 1955
Jackie MacDonald Scrapbooks
Volume IV: 1955 Pan-American Games
Reference Code: F 4662
Archives of Ontario, I0073435
Jackie throwing the shot put during the World Youth Games
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[Jackie throwing the shot put during the World Youth Games (top left and right);
Shot put silver medalist Galina Zybina with Jackie], 1957
Jackie MacDonald Scrapbooks
Volume VIIa: Part A - 1957 World Youth Games
Reference Code: F 4662
Archives of Ontario, I0073445