Kingston & District Sports Hall of Fame

RitaSue Bolton

Birth: August 29, 1950
Home Town: Toronto, Ontario
Inducted as: Builder
Inducted for: Football, Track & Field,
Inducted in: 2011


An outstanding athlete in basketball, track & field and field hockey at the University of Waterloo, RitaSue began coaching in 1973 and for thirteen years, coached track & field at Queen’s University.

In 1986, she broke new ground when she joined the Queen’s football program as a fitness coach. As such, she became the first female fitness coach in men’s football, a position she held for seventeen years.

RitaSue’s work was recognized in 1997, when she received the Gino Fracas Award as the Canadian University Volunteer Assistant Football Coach of the Year.

Over the past four decades, RitaSue has volunteered with many groups including the Queen’s Track and Field Alumni Association, Sport Alliance of Ontario, Athletes Motivating Excellence, Ontario Recreation Society, World Youth Sailing, Sport Kingston, Actifest 2003, Ontario Winter & Canada Summer Games and the Kingston & District Sports Hall of Fame.

As an athlete and a coach, RitaSue was part of six provincial and one national championship teams in three sports.

RitaSue is a member of three Halls of Fame: an athlete in the University of Waterloo’s Hall, a builder in Queen’s Track & Field Hall and a coach in Queen’s Coaches’ Hall of Fame.