Dr. Linda Thyer, Class of 2005

Dr. Linda Thyer

Inducted into the hall of fame - Sep 29, 2005

Distance runner Dr. Linda Thyer, born in Montreal and raised in Nelson, B.C., becomes the ninth woman to be selected for the prestigious Hall. She was a three-time McGill female athlete of the year, competed for Canada at international meets in Spain, Japan and China and won the 1994-95 BLG Award as the top female athlete in Canadian Interuniversity Sport.

Dr. Linda Thyer was born in Montreal on March 20, 1968 but was raised in Nelson B.C. At McGill, she studied family medicine, earned Academic All-Canadian honours five times and graduated with an MDCM in 1994.

She became the first athlete in McGill history to earn All-Canadian status in two sports in the same season and ended up earning that award five times in cross-country and four times in track and field.

In four trips to the CIAU track championships, she racked up six medals, including four golds, one silver and a bronze. In five trips to the CIAU cross-country "Nationals", she earned one gold and two silvers.

Thyer led McGill to five straight cross-country conference championships and never lost a Quebec university meet, winning 17 in a row. In 25 meets overall, she won 19 races and had four second-place finishes.

Thyer became the first McGill student to earn the Gladys Bean trophy three times as female athlete of the year (1991-92, 1993-94, 1994-95).

She was a national finalist for the Howard-Mackie Award (now known as the BLG Award) in 1994 and then won the Howard-Mackie honours as CIAU athlete of the year in 1995.

She also won an unprecedented 20 athlete-of-the-week awards, including a record 17 in the Quebec conference, plus three CIAU national weekly honours.

She ran for Canada at the 1993 world cross-country championships in Spain and also competed at three World Ekiden Marathon Relay meets (1993 and 1994 in Japan and 1994 in China).

After completing a fellowship at the McGill Sport Medicine Clinic a few years ago, she moved to Vancouver, and is expecting her second child in July.