Joy Ward-Fera

Few have been more involved with the Canada Games movement than dual sport athlete Joy Ward-Fera.  From competing as an Alpine athlete in the 1971 Games to now organizing send-offs and welcome homes for local Delta athletes competing in current Canada Games, Joy Ward-Fera has been a staple of consistency in her involvement with the Canada Games movement.

Ward-Fera’s athletic prowess in both Alpine-Skiing and Rowing are evidenced by her long list of achievements. The pinnacle of her skiing career came during her experience at the Canada Games where she won Gold for Team BC in the dual slalom. She then went on to use the experience she gained from competing at the Canada Games to propel her Rowing career, where she appeared at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal and won Bronze medals at the 1977 and 1978 World Championships.\

All these tremendous accolades aside, what makes Joy Ward-Fera stand out is her undying love of sport. Ward-Fera is an outstanding contributor to the development of Rowing in Canada, as evidenced by her co-founding of the Delta Deas Rowing Club as well as her chairing the Scholastic Regatta for 25 consecutive years.

Ward-Fera has also been actively involved in giving back to the Canada Games movement through her volunteer work. She served as a rowing volunteer during the 1993 Games and worked as a rowing umpire during the 2005 Games.

Joy Ward-Fera is a dual-sport athlete who serves as an icon for Canadian Alpine skiers and Rowing athletes alike. Her impact on the Canada Games and the progression of Rowing across Canada has been tremendous. She is a true sports icon, and rightfully deserving of her induction into the Canada Games Hall of Honour.