Since competing as a student at Claude Garton Elementary School in the early 1970s, this exceptional athlete developed a talent and passion for the sport of running that continues to this day.
As a member of the Thunder Bay Olympic Club and as a student at Lakeview High School, she dominated local, regional and provincial running events in both track and cross country, often in record setting times, during the mid to late1970s. She did not just limit her success to running, earning SSSAA titles in gymnastics and high jump, as well. Not surprisingly, she was named Lakeview's Senior Female Athlete of the Year upon graduation.
On the track she was a middle distance specialist, claiming numerous SSSAA and NWOSSA titles. Her 1977 provincial honours included bronze medals in the junior 1500m at OFSAA, the 800m and 1500 m at the Ontario Summer Games and the 800m at the Ontario Track and Field Championships. In 1978 she claimed OFSAA gold with a personal best in the 1500m and a silver medal in the 3000m. Her silver medal in the 3000m at the 1978 National Junior Track & Field championships earned her a spot on the Junior National Team.
A dominate force on the cross country trails, her record of success saw her claim gold from the local to the provincial level, including the 1977 OFSAA junior 3000m title. At the Canadian Cross Country Championships, her 6th place showing in 1977 and fifth place in 1978 in the 5000m, earned her a position on the Canadian Senior Cross Country Team. Representing her country at the 1978 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Scotland, her 77th place showing played a key role in Canada's 10th place team finish.
As the first female to cross the finish line in road races in Thunder Bay, Superior and Winnipeg in 1979, she was in fine form when she headed off to Indiana's Purdue University on a full scholarship. Competing successfully in NCAA Division I cross country and track events from 1979-82 she served as a member of the record setting 1980 Big Ten Conference championship cross country team.
Currently living in Colorado Springs, Janette Stoot, as she is now known, returned to running competitively in the 1990s, and today can be found passing on her knowledge and passion to the next generation as a volunteer coach.
Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 29, 2007