Zoe MacKinnon (1959-2014)
Field hockey player Zoe MacKinnon had a distinguished career, including competing at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and 1983 World Cup.
MacKinnon’s career was strong from the start, winning gold at the 1977 Canada Summer Games, while she was still a student at Mayfield Secondary School. In her first year of competition at university, she was part of provincial and national championship teams. She led the team in their 1981 national title win.
Her goaltending was impeccable: in the 1982 regular season, she allowed only 4 goals against in 10 games, and another 4 goals in the six championship games. The team won silver. She was named a University of Toronto athletic hall of fame inductee in 2011.
She is also in the Western Australia Sport Hall of Champions, having played as part of a legendary women’s hockey team for that state.
MacKinnon served with the Peel Regional Police, as an auxiliary officer, on their marine search and rescue team. She worked as a letter carrier for Canada Post.
MacKinnon and her partner Elizabeth Schieck lived in Guelph. Surviving cancer once, Zoe Mackinnon died of cancer at age 54.