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Town of Rocky Mountain House
5116 50th Avenue
Box 1509
Rocky Mountain House, AB
T4T 1B2
Ph: (403) 845-2866
Fx: (403) 845-3230
Phyllis Fitzgerald – Loewen

Phyllis Fitzgerald – Loewen

Outstanding Speed Skating Athlete Inducted into the Speed Skate Canada Hall of Fame in 1980 & Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 1992

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Phyllis was born in Mallaig, Alberta where she first started skating on ponds. In 1957 at the age of eleven, she began her speed skating career with the Red Deer Lions Speed Skating Club. That year, Phyllis won Canadian Indoor – Outdoor Champion in Winnipeg. From 1958-1970 she was Canadian Indoor – Outdoor Champion in each of the different age categories.

In 1964, Phyllis set four records at the Canadian Outdoor Championships, including a time of 19.3 seconds in the 220 yard outdoor event that still stands today.

In 1970, at her last competitive meet, Phyllis set two Canadian indoor records – one in the 880-yard competitions, the other in the 440-yard competition. She celebrated the end of her speed skating career with victories in four major events, including the 1-mile  and 5/4-mile distances.

In total, Fitzgerald-Loewen has won 13 indoor and 10 outdoor Canadian championships. She has also won five international championships. While she has won three more indoor Canadian titles than outdoor, she broke nine of her 11 indoor records on outdoor tracks. Her five outdoor records were set in 1968.

Since retiring from competition, she has turned her talents to coordinating, coaching and officiating speed skating. Phyllis has her Level 3 National Referee for Speed Skating in Canada. She officiated speed skating events at the 1988 Winter Olympics and has continued to promote the sport by helping organize speed skating events at the 1992 Alberta Winter Games in Fort McMurray.

From 1992 on, Phyllis has worked in administrative positions with Alberta Speed Skating Association. These include Vice-President of ASSA with Advanced Programs and President of ASSA.

In 1988 Phyllis Fitzgerald-Loewen was selected for a sports exchange to China for coaching. She also started the Rocky Mountain House Speed Skaters Club and still continues to coach and advise.