Peggy (Moore) Bozman

Margaret Irene (née Moore) Bozman

Born: May, 1929 (Edam, Saskatchewan)
Died: 2014 (Coquitlam, British Columbia)

 

Peggy (née Moore) Bozman was part of a small contingent of women athletes from British Columbia who dominated the Canadian track championships in Toronto in July, 1949.

Eight women athletes were named to the British Empire Games team from the championships with five coming from Vancouver and New Westminster. Four of them, including Moore, were members of the Bay Girls’ Track Club, founded by Ana Clark Ayres and sponsored by the Hudson’s Bay Company.

Bozman qualified for the 1950 British Empire Games team in the 220-yard sprint. As well, she was named to the 440-yard relay team with fellow club members Eleanor McKenzie and Geraldine Bemister, as well as Pat Jones. The four women, all from British Columbia, set a new Canadian record of 49.6 seconds to defeat teams from the Mercury Athletic Club of Montreal and the Malvernettes of Toronto.

Moore became ill on her arrival in Auckland, N.Z., but resumed training in mid-January for the start of the Empire Games on Feb. 4. She did not win a medal in either the sprint or relay.

Born in Edam, Sask., Moore graduated from John Oliver High in Vancouver. An injury prevented her from competing at the 1948 Olympics at London. In 1953, she married Wray Bozman and spent her first wedding anniversary witnessing the Miracle Mile at Empire Stadium in Vancouver.

Bozman died after a long struggle with lung disease. She was 85. She leaves a daughter, two sons, 10 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and two sisters. She was predeceased by her husband.

1950 Britush Empire Games (Auckland, N.Z.) pennant

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