SSHoF logoAnn Schulman

Builder (2001)


Ann SchulmanAnn has contributed to speed swimming for 31 years, first at a Saskatoon level with the Goldfin Club and Laser Club, then with Swim Saskatchewan, and among her national achievements were management leadership roles for Canada at the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games.

Ann was born in Kindersley on July 19, 1941, and spent her school years at Ethelton and Spiritwood where her father was a CNR station agent. She entered the University of Saskatchewan school of nursing, graduated in 1965, later choosing to work in pediatrics and eventually with the Saskatchewan Institute on Prevention of Handicaps.

David and Margaret were top age class champions with the Goldfins in 1977 and younger sister, Paula, would join the club at six. Future Olympian Mark Tewksbury, then at Calgary, was in the same age class at many Prairie meets as her son David.

After becoming involved with Swim Saskatchewan and then Swim Canada, Ann was first chosen a team manager for the Canadian juniors at the Far Western championships in Oak Bay, California. She became manager of the Canadian national swim team in the early 1990s and one of the first trips was to Los Alamos, New Mexico, for high altitude training. Ann was invited to manage the Canadian team at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain.

The magic moment for Canada in 1992 was Mark Tewksbury celebrating his victory in the 100-metre backstroke. Ann was also asked to manage the Canadian team at the world championships in Rome in 1994 and later at the Pan Pacific Games in Atlanta.

The two Canadians who emerged as stars at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta were Marianne Limbert and Curtis Myden, each of who finished with bronze medals.

Ann was also manager for the Canadian team at the 1998 British Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where Marianne Limpert was the flag bearer for the entire Canadian team.

** Deceased