Athlete Modern

Isaac, Irma (Grant)

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SPORT | Track & Field

EVENT | Running

YEAR OF INDUCTION | 2006

 (1969 –  )

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Irma was born in Jamaica and attended elementary school there. She came to Canada in 1983 and enrolled at John McGregor Secondary School (JMSS). While at JMSS, Irma excelled in track, specializing in the 100 metres, and then went on to compete at the University of Windsor, where she continued to excel at the provincial and national levels.

Career Highlights

1984 – 1988 John McGregor Secondary School 

4-time Kent Individual Track and Field Champion

1987 – Athlete of the Meet while in grade 12

1984 – 1988 – 4-time OFSAA finalist in 100m

1988 – OFSAA gold medalist in 100m

18 years after graduating, still holds 7 JMSS records in sprint and hurdle events



1988 – 1993 University of Windsor

Competed in track and field

1989 -1993 – named Most Valuable Player on track team each year

1989 – 1990, 1990 – 1991, 1992 – 1993 – won Banner Shield as Windsor’s Top Female Athlete

1992 – received Demarco Trophy as top student-athlete at school

Upon graduation, held University of Windsor records in 4 events, 60m, 300m, 4x200m relay, and 4x400m relay

Twice named to Dean’s Honour role during her studies in Faculty of Human Kinetics



Ontario University Athletics Association Competition

In career, captured 8 OUAA gold medals, 4 silver and 2 bronze – won 108 sprint events in 5 years

1990 – 1993 – was part of Lancer team that won 4 consecutive Provincial Championships

1991 – was named Athlete of the OUAA Meet



Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union Competition

In career, captured 9 CIAU gold medals and 2 silver as well as helped to set 2 CIAU records in 4x200m relay and 4x400m relay

4-time CIAU 60m champion, 4-time OUAA 60m champion, 4-time member of Lancer teams that won National Championships

1989 – 1993 – named All-Canadian in 60m for 5 consecutive years

1990, 1991, 1993 – named All-Canadian in 300m

In 2006 is still ranked in Top 10 in 60m in CIAU history



Additional Achievements

1993 – Passed the 100,000 mark for single targets hit

1994 – Hit 648 consecutive targets at the Grand American competition

2001 – Inducted into the Ontario Trapshooting Hall of Fame



During her university career, Irma broke and rebroke 24 school records, set 16 meet records at 8 different venues, and had a total of 59 gold medals, 20 silver, and 7 bronze. She was inducted into the University of Windsor Alumni Hall of Fame in 2003 in her first year of eligibility. Irma presently lives in Chatham with her husband Anthony and three children and teaches elementary school for the Lambton Kent District School Board.