Inducted October 31, 1998
Rose Foley, a native of Fox Harbour, Newfoundland, had a career of unparalleled success. Her career spanned a quarter of a century and brought a commitment to excellence and strong sense of sportsmanship. She was the ultimate team player. She represented Newfoundland and Labrador in forty-one (41) Canadian National Championships in the sports of softball, field hockey, squash, ball hockey and golf. She was selected to Canadian National All Star Teams on five (5) occasions in softball and ball hockey. She represented Newfoundland as a member of the Canada Games Softball Team in 1977 and was Provincial Female Representative at 1993 Summer Games in Kamloops, B.C. She was a member of twenty-eight (28) Provincial Championship Teams in softball, field hockey, ball hockey, basketball and soccer. She achieved numerous individual awards for her athletic prowess too during her career. Stella Green Gibson, Professor and Coach at Memorial University from 1968-1986, had this to say of Rose Foley:
“I am honoured to support the nomination of Rose Foley. As coach of the Memorial University Varsity Field Hockey Team and Newfoundland Field Hockey Team, I feel qualified to comment on Rose and her contribution as a team player. Her personality and sense of humour made her a very popular player. Her commitment to hard work never ceased. Rose had that special ability to make us all laugh, and to try harder, despite the odds. She was always the “Glue” that held the team together”.
Her outstanding level of achievement and success at such a varied array of sporting activities shall be the high water mark and measure for future generations of athletes to aspire.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall of Fame is honoured to induct athlete Rose Foley as its newest member.