Five Time Olympian
Five-time Olympian and Olympic silver medalist Charmaine Crooks encourages her audiences to “never give up,” and inspires everyone to follow their dreams. Having represented Canada for close to 20 years as one of the country’s top athletes, Crooks was the flag bearer at the opening ceremonies of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, was an elected member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and is a founding member of the independent IOC Ethics Commission. She has also worked as a television analyst and host.
The first Canadian woman to run under two minutes in the 800 metres, Charmaine won gold medals at the Pan American, Commonwealth, World Cup, and World Student games, in addition to her Olympic silver medal win.
After retiring from competition, Charmaine was elected to the IOC as a voting member, and served on the inaugural IOC Ethics Committee. She also served on the IOC Athletes Commission and is currently on the IOC Press Commission. In 2006, the IOC awarded Charmaine the “IOC Women in Sport Trophy” for her contributions to promoting women in sport. She is a current elected member of the Executive Board of the Canadian Olympic Committee and is the current chair of Olympians Canada. As a broadcaster, she has worked extensively as a freelance television analyst, host or producer on numerous sports and variety programs.
A volunteer for various local and global charities focusing on youth, women, and health related matters, Charmaine was one of the inaugural International Board members of Right to Play, and is currently involved with the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation, The Canucks Autism Network, and Big Sisters. As a producer, she created the television special No Laughing Matter to raise funds for breast cancer awareness. Charmaine was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2012.