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Keltie Duggan (WSWIM | Student-Athlete)

Updated: Aug 17, 2022

NAME: Keltie Duggan


CATEGORY: Student-athlete

SPORT: Women's swimming


  • CIAU record-breaker (50m & 100m breaststroke)

  • Swimming Canada Athlete of the Year (1989-90)

  • Olympic medalist

  • Canadian record-breaker (50m breaststroke)


Keltie Duggan was a spectacle in the pool.

The University of Alberta swimmer was the best her craft had seen when she came onto the collegiate scene in 1989. And she proved it. In her time with the Pandas, she smashed the CIAU records in the 100-metre and 50-metre breaststroke.

Duggan was also a member of the 4 by 100-metre medley relay team that set a collegiate record. Her post-secondary career was filled with honours, including the CIAU Swimmer of the Meet, the University of Alberta outstanding female athlete, and spots on the CW and CIAU all-star teams.

“Keltie is one of the most prolific athletes the University of Alberta has ever produced, and led the Pandas Swimming team during arguably their most successful era in program history.

Along with her athletic achievements as a Panda, which included four Canada West team Championships and 11 individual CIAU Medals, Keltie was also an accomplished swimmer with the Canadian National team from 1987 to 1993, and an Olympic medalist.

Keltie represents everything that is great about Canadian University Sport. An accomplished athlete, tremendous student, volunteer, coach, and now a practicing doctor. Being inducted into the Canada West Hall of Fame is a great honor for Keltie, as she is very deserving of her place among the best in conference history,” said University of Alberta Athletic Director, Ian Reade.

Duggan also made a splash on the international swimming scene, bringing home medals from the Olympics (bronze in the 4x100-metre relay race), Pan American Games (gold in the 100m breaststroke), Pan Pacific Championships (gold in the 100m breaststroke), Commonwealth Games (gold in 100m breaststroke; bronze in 4x100-metre medley relay), and World Championships (silver in 50m breaststroke).

Duggan was named the Swimming Canada Athlete of the Year in 1989-1990. It was that same year she broke the Canadian record in the 50-metre breaststroke—a mark that stood for 18 years.

Duggan also achieved greatness in the classroom as a five-time Academic All-Canadian. She went on to become a doctor, completing her residency in family medicine before practising in acute care, neuro-rehabilitation and palliative hospice care.

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