Annie Pelletier captured the hearts of Canadians’ with her inspiring performance in the 1996 Olympic Games, but she had gained the recognition of this country long before then.
Pelletier originally began her athletic career as a gymnast, before switching to diving a mere two years before her appearance in the 1989 Canada Games in Saskatoon. If there were any doubts as to whether or not she made the right choice before those Games, there certainly weren’t any after.
The notion that Pelletier was a rising star in the sport was quickly confirmed when she won a medal in the 3m springboard event, and also earned 5th place in the 1m springboard. Those Games would serve notice to the nation that Pelletier would be a dominant force for years to come.
Pelletier’s Olympic career culminated at the 1996 Olympic Games. After a disappointing start left her in 17th place, she persevered and eventually fought her way onto the podium and earned a Bronze medal for her performance.
Pelletier’s Olympic diving career was truly impressive, but her work away from the pool is as remarkable. She is extremely active within the Quebec and Canadian diving community, and acts as an incredible role model and mentor for any and all upcoming divers. Pelletier’s love for her sport also led her to an analyst position with Radio-Canada. Pelletier has covered major sporting events including the Olympics and World Aquatic Championships.
Pelletier has also served as a spokesperson for the Quebec Special Olympics over the last 12 years, and has helped enrich the lives of hundreds of people with intellectual disabilities. Pelletier also currently serves as the Director of Communications for the Fédération de l’athlète d’excellence du Québec.
Annie Pelletier has served as a role model for Canadian athletes from the very first time she stepped on a diving board. Her successful athletic career, coupled with the tremendous impact she continues to have on the Canadian diving community, are just two of the reasons she is so deserving of her induction into the Canada Games Hall of Honour.