Kitty Young

Kitty Young.  Photo courtesy of "Homegrown Heroes: A Sports History of Sudbury".Kitty Young was born in 1904 to a Sudbury veterinary surgeon and learned to play hockey at a very young age using a cane for a hockey stick and a doorknob for a puck.  Young loved the game and would play every day after school with the neighbourhood kids.

Over the years, she grew to become one of the best female hockey players in the province and was the driving force behind the organization of a women's hockey club in Sudbury.

She did not limit herself to just hockey.  Kitty Young was one of the top tennis players in the district by the time she was a teenager and she was also a member of Sudbury's baseball team.  A natural-born athlete, Young went on to master canoeing, badminton, and golf.

Kitty Young was considered to be the best athlete of any woman and some men in the 1920's.  A truly remarkable accomplishment given that she was born with only one arm.  Her determination and self-confidence enabled her to get the best of any two-handed athlete in every sport she played.


Material compiled from Homegrown Heroes: A Sports History of Sudbury.



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