Jane Cox Kolodnicki
The legacy of Jane Cox Kolodnicki’s multiple accomplishments as a Pandas track and field student-athlete still hold rarified air within the Universiade Pavilion on the University of Alberta Main Campus.
From 1989 to 1991 Jane was among the most dominant female student-athletes in Canada. In her three years representing the Evergreen & Gold as a long jump specialist and sprinter, she won two national championship gold medals, established a national record that held for nine years, was a three-time all-Canadian, as well as a three-time Academic all-Canadian, won a total of nine medals in three different events and took home three trophies as team MVP or most outstanding student-athlete.
She also established a U of A long jump record in 1990 that still stands as of 2019, which at 29-years old, makes it one of the longest standing team records ever.
Kolodnicki earned her Bachelor of Education, with Distinction, from the Faculté Saint-Jean in 1991, as well as a Master of Education from the University of Ottawa in 2004.
As an alumna, she has set her considerable expertise and experience to teaching and coaching the next generations of Canada’s talent, both on the track surface and in the classroom, serving as a high-school teacher, university track coach and elite level youth track coach in the city of Calgary.
One of the most decorated Pandas in UAlberta track and field history, Jane Cox Kolodnicki is a strong addition to the Sports Wall of Fame.