Vancouver Sun - BC's 100 Women of Influence

It wasn't an easy task to come up with just 100 women of influence in B.C., as so many women are accomplishing so many amazing things. But these women, from seven distinct fields, deserve to be recognized.

SILKEN LAUMANN Former Olympic Rowing Medallist A former world and Pan-Am champion, she is one of Canada's greatest female rowers. Although she never won an Olympic gold medal, she pulled off one of the greatest comebacks in sports history in 1992 when she won bronze just 10 weeks after suffering a devastating leg injury that required five operations and countless hours of gruelling rehabilitation. The 45-year-old, who now lives in Victoria, has twice made the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport's list of most influential women. Canada's athlete of the year in 1991, today, she is a motivational speaker, president of her own company, Silken & Co. Productions; author of Child's Play; and involved in charities including Right to Play.