• Multi-Sport
  • 2005
  • Athlete

Sandra Barr

It isn’t that often that an athlete achieves at the national level in two sports as different as high jumping and basketball. St. Stephen’s Sandra Barr was just such a performer than to the combination of natural talent and commitment, nurtured by the dedicated coaching of, among others, Duncan McGeachy and John Bell.

Her resume lists six first place finishes in high jumping and ten championships as a high school, university and national basketball star. Everywhere she competed she was a winner- 5 high school provincial hoop titles, 4 intercollegiate championships at UNB, and 5 Canadian high jump records in a row!

From Canada Games to Pan-American Games, to winner of the first-ever national indoor high jump championship, to selections as her high school and university “athlete of the year”, to her subsequent academic and research accomplishments as a professor of geology, hers has truly been an athletic and academic Hall of Fame career.

Enrolled in the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame, June 4th, 2005.

Quick Facts

  • Won four national age-class championships and established four Canadian records in high jump
  • Represented Canada at the 1963 Pan-American Games in Sao Paulo, Brazil, finishing 5th in the high jump competition
  • Won the first Canadian indoor high jump championship in 1964
  • Led the St. Stephen High School basketball team to five consecutive NBIAA championships (1960-64)
  • Starred for the UNB women’s basketball team (1964-68), leading team to four Maritime titles
  • Led all scorers with 81 points as UNB won the Eastern Canadian universities tournament in 1966
  • Represented NB in the first-ever Canada Winter Games in 1967
  • Named as an alternate to the Canadian basketball team for the 1967 Pan-American Games
  • UNB’s female athlete of the year in 1968
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