AUDIO: Olympic series interview with Dawn Watson


Day 10 of my Olympic audio interview series features a former modern pentathlon athlete and current Cobourg teacher who has worked at two Olympic Games…Dawn Watson.

Dawn Watson at the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics in London.

In this interview,  Dawn explains modern pentathlon, how she got into it and her big accomplishments. She had hopes of competing at the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta, but modern pentathlon ultimately didn’t become an Olympic sport for women until 2000.

That led to Dawn working in athlete services in 1996 in Atlanta and again in 2012 in London.

Dawn Watson pictured with Kate Allenby, a bronze medalist at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney and manager of fencing at the 2012 Olympics in London.

We also chat about her parents who were inducted into the Athletics Ontario Hall of Fame in 2015 and why she loves coaching young athletes at Cobourg Collegiate Institute.

Click the play button above to listen to the interview.

NOTE: While we wait for local sports to return following the COVID-19 pandemic, a big part of JG Sports Media’s website content will be audio interviews, like this one. Guests will include representatives from local sports organizations as well as other notable guests, many who have ties to this area and even some who don’t.

I love the Olympics and this series will run from July 24 until Aug. 9. This is the time the Games would have been on before they got postponed until 2021.

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