Inducted November 3, 2001
Colleen Tapper is probably the most all round female sports figure in Newfoundland history. Colleen has been successful on the provincial level, she has competed nationally in ten different sports, and she was an all star and outstanding competitor in every sport she participated in.
Colleen has represented the province fourteen different times at the Canadian Senior Women’s Softball Championships and was selected to the all-star teams on two occasions. She played in two National Junior Championships and the 1977 Canada Summer Games. Colleen was manager of the 1981 junior provincial all-star team and she guided them to a third place finish at the nationals. She also coached the 1986 junior provincial all stars and the 1994 senior provincial all stars. In provincial softball, Colleen has played on eight championship teams between the years of 1975 and 1991. At this level, she has won twice the MVP award and the provincial Batting Title.
Colleen played for ten seasons in the Newfoundland Women’s Hockey League and she was the league’s top scorer in nine of those seasons. Colleen captained her Torbay Chargers to ten straight league championships and some of her individual accomplishments include winning the MVP award seven times and representing Newfoundland at four different national tournaments.
From 1976-1982, Colleen played soccer and her team won four St. John’s City titles and four provincial championships. During this time, Colleen amassed two St. John’s MVP awards and two provincial MVP awards.
Colleen’s ball hockey career lasted from 1980-89 and she was a member of four city championship teams, two provincial champions and three provincial representatives at national competitions. One of these national entries won a silver medal in 1986 and Colleen was voted to the all star team on two occasions. In field hockey, Colleen played for Memorial University’s varsity teams for five years and provincial all-star teams that participated in national competitions between 1978 and 1982. Colleen had success on the volleyball court when she played for Newfoundland and Labrador at the 1975 Canada Winter Games. Colleen has played squash since 1982 and she has won 11 St. John’s titles, five provincial titles, played in the Atlantic Championships ten times and has represented Newfoundland at one National Championship. Colleen has also competed in two national fitness competitions.