Swimming Builder - Inducted 2007
Lorna Snow has spent more than thirty years working with and coaching athletes with disabilities. She is one of the founding members of the Alberta Sports and Recreation Association for the Blind (ASRAB). She played a vital role in the growth of the ASRAB from 40 members to more than 400 members during the last 28 years, and has been a major contributor to the strategic plan and vision of the agency. Lorna was responsible for setting up guidelines and policies for Blind Sports. Today, these guide the facilitation of sports and recreation programs for children, teens, adults and seniors. Lorna has served the ASRAB as president and director.
Lorna helped to develop ASRAB’s swim program, which has gone on to produce many medalling athletes at International events, including the World’s and Paralympics. Lorna’s other involvements include the University of Calgary Swim Club, where she has been a coach since 1978, and the team manager since 2003.
Lorna’s sporting interests include other sports as well as swimming. She has been an official in the sport of goalball for athletes who are blind and has attended several international events including the Paralympic Games and World Championships. She has served as a member of the Canadian Paralympic Committee and as president for the Canadian Blind Sports Association.
Thanks to Lorna’s perseverance, athletes who are blind have made huge strides in the sport of swimming because they now have a provincial body, compete as Swim Canada team members, and receive all of the same advantages as able-bodied swimmers.
Lorna Snow received the 2006 Alberta Centennial Medal Salute for Sport and Recreation - Leaders of the Century; the 2005 Calgary Booster Club Athletic Leader Award; 2002 Development Coach of the Year Award from the Swim Alberta Coaches Council; the1998 YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Health, Wellness & Active Living; the 1993 Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Confederation of Canada; and, the1992 Alberta Achievement Award for Excellence in Service to Sports.
2014 - Swim Alberta's Outstanding Contribution to Coaching Award (Larry Nielson Memorial Award). Lorna has been coaching developmental swimmers for UCSC since 1978.