Alexandrine Gibb / by Molly Schiot

Athletically gifted Alexandrine Gibb was a member of many Toronto sports teams, including playing left guard for the Toronto Ladies' Maple Leafs basketball team.  An advocate for women's athletics, Gibb lobbied for women to have equal access to sports facilities and was elected President of the Ladies' Ontario Basketball Association and the Toronto Ladies' Athletic Club.  In 1922, Gibb became the only female on the Canadian Amateur Basketball Association's Executive Council, serving as Vice President.  She was chosen to be the manager of the Canadian women's Olympic team in 1928, due in part to "being an outstanding figure in ladies' sports".  The team of six women took home four medals during the Olympics.  That same year, Gibb started working for the Toronto Daily Star, writing a daily column devoted to women's sport.  Her popular column, "No Man's Land of Sport", ran for twelve years, during which time she became the assistant sports editor at the paper and "the most well known women's sports advocate in Canada".  She is credited with persuading Marilyn Bell to swim across Lake Ontario and received a special thank you from Bell upon completing the swim.  Gibb continued to write for the Toronto Daily Star until her passing at age 66 from a heart attack. 

Athletically gifted Alexandrine Gibb was a member of many Toronto sports teams, including playing left guard for the Toronto Ladies' Maple Leafs basketball team.  An advocate for women's athletics, Gibb lobbied for women to have equal access to sports facilities and was elected President of the Ladies' Ontario Basketball Association and the Toronto Ladies' Athletic Club.  In 1922, Gibb became the only female on the Canadian Amateur Basketball Association's Executive Council, serving as Vice President.  She was chosen to be the manager of the Canadian women's Olympic team in 1928, due in part to "being an outstanding figure in ladies' sports".  The team of six women took home four medals during the Olympics.  That same year, Gibb started working for the Toronto Daily Star, writing a daily column devoted to women's sport.  Her popular column, "No Man's Land of Sport", ran for twelve years, during which time she became the assistant sports editor at the paper and "the most well known women's sports advocate in Canada".  She is credited with persuading Marilyn Bell to swim across Lake Ontario and received a special thank you from Bell upon completing the swim.  Gibb continued to write for the Toronto Daily Star until her passing at age 66 from a heart attack.