Colleen (Smith) McCulloch was a truly natural athlete. Her collection of medals and trophies represent an accomplished sporting career in not one but six sports. Her remarkable achievements were recognized by the Government of Canada with the Certificate of Merit in 1989 for her contribution to fitness and amateur sport in Canada.

McCulloch’s baseball career with the USA team lasted only a year, but she was inducted as an honourary member of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York in 1988, and again in the American Women in Sport Hall of Fame in 1993. McCulloch was one of only three British Columbians at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame when she was honoured in St. Mary’s, Ontario in 1998.

Golf was also high on McCulloch’s list of sporting achievements. Spanning almost thirty years, her career highlights included: six-time member of the BC amateur team, BC champion in 1956, three-time BC champion runner-up, and a medallist at the Canadian Open in 1961 to name a few. In the late 1970s and 1980s she was a nine-time Senior Team member and five-time BC Senior’s Champion. She continued to play golf recreationally until 1996.

In grass hockey, she played for the Kitsilano team and was part of an incredible five title-winning groups from 1942 to 1948.

In basketball she earned titles in the BC and the Canadian Senior A Championships. Her softball teams were equally successful. Her talents led her to a brief stint in professional ball for the Grand Rapids Chicks in Michigan in 1949.

Curling was another sport at which she excelled. McCulloch was club champion five times, a zone champion three times, and winner of numerous BC Bonspiel tournaments.