Perdita Felicien is an Olympian, 10-time National Champion and the first Canadian woman to win a World Championship gold medal in track and field. During her career as a 100-metre hurdler she earned numerous honours, including Canada’s Athlete of the Year, Keys to the City of Pickering, and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Perdita retired from professional sport in 2013 and is now a broadcast journalist. She has worked for CHCH News, TSN and been a contributor for Newstalk 1010. In 2016 she will be part of CBC’s broadcast team at the summer Olympic Games in Rio, and inducted into Athletics Canada’s Hall of Fame.
A long time advocate for social responsibility, she and her mother, Catherine Felicien Browne are part of a campaign that will help raise funds to build a new home for The Denise House, the women’s shelter in Durham Region they credit with helping the family get on their feet in the late 1980’s. Perdita is at work on her first book, which chronicles her experience as a sports figure and first-generation Canadian.