Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame


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Joanne Jones Vause

Athletics (2017)

Joanne (Jones) Vause gave her all at every level of track & field, from local meets to international competition.

Consider the 1975 Pan-American Games in Mexico City.

Jones competed in the pentathlon, a 5-event combination of running, jumping and throwing events. In this meet, Joanne's first major international competition, she collapsed at the finish line in the 200 metres because of a lack of oxygen aggravated by the 8,000 foot altitude and a severe asthmatic condition.

Despite this, Jones place eighth.

            A year later she went to Austria for the annual international meet in Gotzis, the greatest pentathlon event in the world. In 1979 she competed in the FISU (World Student) Games.

            Her results at the University of Saskatchewan are deep. Jones was twice named the female athlete of the year at the U of S, and the top female athlete at the Canada West University Athletic Association Track & Field Championships 2 years in a row. The Huskiettes won the conference title twice with her on the team. During her career at the U of S, Canada didn't yet have university national championships in track & field but, her Coach, Lyle Sanderson said Jones was among the best in her field.

            Her success at the international and university levels occurred after a major knee injury took her out of competition for 2 years.

            Her performances in age class and high school meets are enduring; the records show it. The mark Jones set in midget girls' long jump in 1970 in the Saskatoon High School Track & Field Championships hasn't been touched. Her midget shot put record lasted 46 years.