Pioneering administrator Fromson honoured

Pioneering administrator Fromson honoured

Longtime Manitoba Director of Sport inducted into CW Hall of Fame

EDMONTON – Winnipeg native Joyce Fromson served as director of men’s and women’s sport at the University of Manitoba from 1979 to 1995, highlighting a career of sporting influence in her home province.

Fromson's pioneering career, which also included time at the University of Winnipeg and University of Calgary, was honoured Thursday with her induction in the Canada West Hall of Fame.

From 1966 to 1970 served as director of women’s athletics at the University of Winnipeg. In 1972 she moved on to the University of Calgary, where she became the first woman in North America to be hired as a sports information director.

In 1979 she was hired by the University of Manitoba, beginning her lengthy tenure as the school’s director of sport.

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For the last century, organized university sport has been a central part of the student experience at institutions across Western Canada. Beginning with the University of Manitoba capturing the first Western Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union (WCIAU) men's hockey banner in 1919-20, student-athletes have been competing to reach their full potential in sport and the classroom, while enriching campus life. 

To commemorate 100 years of university sport across Western Canada, the Canada West Hall of Fame was created in the spring of 2019, with the first induction class set to be unveiled throughout the 2019-20 season. 


About Canada West

Since 1972, Canada West (CW) has been a leader in Canadian university sport, working to provide our student-athletes the opportunities to excel in sport, the classroom, and their communities. CW and our 17 members from across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba collectively carry on a legacy of competitive excellence, as our champions proudly go on to represent the conference at U SPORTS national championships.

Canada West – training leaders, building champions.