November 15, 2020


Anne Covell Cliff passed away suddenly on November 3, 2020. She is survived by her husband, Brian and their sons, Tony and Ian. Anne was one of the founding members of the Richmond Track and Field Club later known as the Kajaks Track and Field Club.

Anne in Mexico City with coach Diane Clement in 1968

At the age of 18 years, Anne Covell became the club’s first Olympian and set a Canadian record of 54.3 in the 400m at the 1968 Mexico Olympic Games. The Delta Secondary School graduate attended the University of British Columbia where she obtained her BPE and MEd degrees.

Anne and Brian Cliff

Anne married club team mate, Brian Cliff and settled in Richmond where their family of two boys grew up. Anne had a full career as a secondary school educator, counsellor, and coach in multiple sports.  She retired from the Vancouver School District in 2007.

Anne centre left first row with Achilles International Track and Field Society

Both Anne and Brian became valuable members of the Achilles International Track and Field Society who organize the Harry Jerome International Track Classic and the Jerome Indoor Games. Anne Covell Cliff made a major contribution to the sport of track and field throughout her life as an Olympic athlete, educator, coach and administrator. She will be sorely missed by her family and friends in track and field.

from Left Doug and Diane Clement,  Richmond Mayor Malcom Brodie, Anne Cliff, Fred Pawluk, Steve Podborski