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Honoured Member

BEV BOYS

Inducted in 1979

Member Details

Date of Birth: July 4, 1951
Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario
Sport: Diving
Member Category: Athlete

Career Highlights

1966

Kingston Commonwealth Games - Silver in 10m, Bronze in 3m

1968

Mexico City Olympic Games - 4th in 10m tower event

1970

Edinburgh Commonwealth Games - Gold in 10m, Gold in 3m

1974

Christchurch Commonwealth Games - Gold in 10m, silver in 3m

Held 34 Canadian titles

1968, 1969

Twice winner of Bobbie Rosenfeld Trophy 

1960s

Voted female athlete of the decade

Honoured Member BEV BOYS
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Story

The name Beverly Boys was synonymous with Canadian diving throughout the late 1960s and much of the '70s. Over the course of her ten-year career, Boys dominated the 10m tower and the 3m springboard events, winning 34 Canadian championships as well as titles at international meets in the United States, Great Britain, Russia, and East Germany. In Commonwealth Games events, Boys was a magnet for medals. She won three gold medals, two at the 1970 Games in Scotland and one at the 1974 Games in New Zealand. In all, she captured an additional three silvers and one bronze medal. A world-class diver, Boys competed in three Olympic Games. Her best result came at the 1968 Games in Mexico. Sitting in 19th place going into the finals, the young diver knew that she had to do more than just impress the judges in order to raise her ranking in the 10m event. She had to show them the dive of her life. Boys took to the tower and pulled out her secret weapon--the one-and-a-half somersault with a triple twist, a dive which registers as a 2.9 degree of difficulty. With flawless execution, Boys bumped herself all the way up to 4th place and earned the highest mark ever awarded to a Canadian female Olympic diver at the time. For her superb achievements, Boys was twice awarded the Bobbie Rosenfeld Trophy as Canada's top female athlete, in 1968 and 1969. In addition she was voted Canadian athlete of the decade (1960s). After her retirement in 1977, Boys continued her involvement in diving as a judge and sports administrator.


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