Search just our sites by using our customised search engine

Unique Cottages | Electric Scotland's Classified Directory

Click here to get a Printer Friendly PageSmiley

Mini Biographies of Scots and Scots Descendants (G)
Graham, Joan

I choose to make this a short story, although it can be quite long, and I will be happy to supply you with dates and information - this information may also be obtained from the Montreal sports pages of the year noted.

My mother, Joan Graham, was Canadian National track and field champion in 1949(?). She was known as "the Pony Express", and ran the 220 in Madison Square Garden in New York, L.A. and Montreal primarily. She stood 5' and weighed 94 lbs and was the fastest woman runner in Canada at the time. Her golden hair and cute looks won her the adoration of the Canadian public. She was their "golden girl". At one point, during an exhibition race against Fanny Blankers Cohen, my mother beat her, unofficially. To this day, there is no known record. I have seen my mother on the old reel-to-reels and watched fascinated as her little legs swept her by 6' tall giants, sat in awe as a 15 year old was bombarded by news hounds with microphones in hand, and looked on with love at my mother, Joan Graham, talked excitedly to the camera. To this day my mother still retains her clippings from the newspapers, her trophies are dull with age.. but this is a son who wants the world never to forget, that a GRAHAM won that title! If anybody has input to this, I would be happy to hear from you.

James Marshall

Return to G Index
Return to Mini Bios Index


This comment system requires you to be logged in through either a Disqus account or an account you already have with Google, Twitter, Facebook or Yahoo. In the event you don't have an account with any of these companies then you can create an account with Disqus. All comments are moderated so they won't display until the moderator has approved your comment.

comments powered by Disqus