Inducted November 3, 2001
From a very young age, Pamela Ennis had a stellar career in the world of diving. When compared to other members of the Sports Hall of Fame, Pam’s success came very early and very fast. Through strict discipline and a love of the sport, Pam rose from provincial competition to international success and became the first Newfoundlander to enjoy such elite success in the sport of diving.
From 1986-1991, Pam was provincial champion on all boards and she also dominated the Atlantic championships. Pam was named St. John’s Female Athlete of the Year in 1987 and 1989, and chosen Athlete of the Month 14 times.
Pam started her national exposure by placing fourth in the 1985 Canada Summer Games and placing third at the Age Group Nationals. These two events put Pam on the national map from 1985-1992. In 1986, at the Age Group Nationals, Pam captured two gold medals, one on each of the one metre and three metre spring boards. In 1987, at the Senior Nationals, Pam won gold on the one metre spring board and the ten metre platform, bronze on the three metre spring board and was named the Top Female Athlete of the Senior Nationals. At the Olympic Trials in 1988, Pam became a finalist on the ten metre and three metre spring board. In 1989, Pam had a great year diving as she obtained her best finishes. She won a gold and two silver medals at the Age Group Nationals, a silver medal at the Senior Nationals, and a Silver Medal at the Canada Summer Games. In 1990, Pam won a gold medal on the ten metre platform during the University Cup and she placed fourth in the one metre spring board at the Senior Nationals. During the Olympic Trials in 1992 Pam finished in sixth place.
On the International side of competition, Pam competed from 1986-1991. At her first international event Pam placed third on the one metre and three metre spring boards during the Can-Am-Mex competition. In 1987, during the Pan-Am Invitational, Pam finished third on the three metre board. In 1987, during the John Dickerson Invitational, Pam captured gold on the one metre board and bronze on the three metre board. At the Spring Swallow Invitational, Pam was a finalist on the 10 metre platform. In 1991, Pam participated at the World Student Games and placed fourth on the one metre spring board and second in the team event.
Pam Ennis has enjoyed great success at her sport, and has truly opened some new doors for other Newfoundlanders to get involved.