First Name: Josephine
Last Name: Laba Abbass
Sport: Track & Field
Inductee Type: Athlete
Year Inducted: 1995
Home Town: Sydney
County: Cape Breton County

Newspaper accounts of the day applauded Josephine Laba, of Sydney, Nova Scotia, “The outstanding star of the day was Miss Josephine Laba, who showed that her title of junior Canadian champion over the sixty-metre, the 100-metre in the face of half a gale blowing up the track in the fast time of 13 sec, and called it a day by winning the discus throw and running anchor on the winning relay team over the four-hundred-meters”. It was all in a day’s work for Laba.

She competed in the Canadian championships in Hamilton in 1930, then in Alberta in 1931. Laba just missed qualifying for the Olympic team at the Hamilton trials in 1932. Her blazing speed in the final yards has won her many victories. Josephine Laba was inducted into the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame in 1995.


• Competed Canadian Championships 1930 and 1931
• 1st Jr Girl to be Canadian Champion 100-yard Dash