In 1969 Kathy took what was to be the first of many parachute jumps, and went on to serve as member of the National Skydiving Team from 1970-85. During her lengthy career, Kathy earned a number of records and titles at the national and international level.


Competing in 15 national championships, she placed in the top five consistently, claiming the Canadian National Parachuting Accuracy title a total of four times: in 1972, ‘73, ‘82 and ‘83.


At the World Invitational Parachuting Championships, held in Canton, China in 1981, Kathy earned a bronze medal in Women’s Accuracy. She also represented Canada at eight world championships, and in 1982 she was the top scorer on the Canadian Women’s team that won a silver medal in the Team Event, the first of its kind for Canada.


In 1984, Kathy became the first Canadian woman to reach 3,000 freefall parachute jumps, earning her the “Double Diamond Wings.” At the time of her retirement, Kathy also held the records for the most parachute jumps by a Canadian woman at 3,191, the most years on the national team with 15, and the Canadian Women’s Accuracy record of five dead-centre jumps.


Kathy did not just limit her exceptional talents to the sport of skydiving. She was also very active as an all-round athlete excelling in such sports as gymnastics while growing up in Port Arthur and while attending university. In 1967, she was named the University of Western Ontario’s Female Athlete of the Year. Other honours bestowed upon Kathy have included being named Thunder Bay’s Female Athlete of the Year for 1971, receiving an Outstanding Citizen’s Award from the City of Thunder Bay in 1981 and the Ontario Sports Achievement Award in 1983.


Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 23, 1989


Kathy Kangas

Inducted: 
1989
Sport:
Parachutting
Community:
Thunder Bay
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