First Name: Cecilia
Last Name: Branch
Sport: Track & Field
Inductee Type: Athlete
Year Inducted: 2001
Home Town: Halifax
County: Halifax County

Cecilia Branch of Halifax holds 65 Nova Scotia track and field records including the 100-metre hurdles, 100 and 200-metre dashes, and the long jump. Branch set a Canadian high school record in her speciality, the 100-metre hurdles in 1973. She was a silver medalist at the 1973 Canada Games in the states, which was one of the toughest competitions she was ever involved in.

In 1976, she was rated third in the country in the 100-metre hurdles. She was also a member of the Canadian Pan-Am Games track team in 1979, and the Canadian Olympic team in 1980, but could not compete due to the boycott. Branch was the Canadian indoor and outdoor 60-metre hurdles champion in 1985, the same year she was America’s Cup 100 metre hurdle champion. In 1992, she set a Canadian Master 100-metre hurdles record and earned a track scholarship to the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) where she starred in the American Intercollegiate competition. Branch was named UNLV’s most outstanding performer twice and was a bronze medalist in AIAW Track and Field championships. Cecilia then went on to be the Ottawa Rough Riders strength and conditioning coach in 1990.


• National Track Champion in 100 Metre Hurdles
• International Track Champion in 100 Metre Hurdles
• Set 65 Records in NS High School Track, St. Pat’s
• Named Outstanding Athlete 1975 St. Pat’s High
• Silver Medal Canada Games Pentathlon 1972, Age 16
• Bronze Medal 100m Hurdles, Nat’l Sr Track & Field
• Full Track Scholarship to University of Nevada
• 2-Time Outstanding Track & Field Performer, UNLV
• Named All American between 1976 and 1980
• 5th in Hurdles 1979 Pan American Games
• Qualified Canadian Olympic Team 1980, Boycott
• Won Gold Canadian Inter-Regionals QC Championships
• Won Gold Canadian Inter-Regionals ON Championships
• 1992 Canadian 400m Master’s Mark, 64.17 seconds
• BSc in Health and Physical Education at UNLV 1980
• Studied Sport Admin University of Ottawa (1984-85)
• Masters in Sports Studies, Sport Psych 1992 Ottawa
• Honours Speciality Health & Phys Ed Ottawa 1998
• Off-Season Cond & Strength Coach Rough Riders
• 1985-1990 Owned CB Formula Sports
• Teacher Secondary School for the Past 11 Years
• Competed in the 1979 Pan Am Games