TA Loeffler (2008)

TA-LoefflerAffiliation at the time of the award: Memorial University, Human Kinetics and Recreation.

Citation: In 2006, TA Loeffler was named one of the Twenty Most Influential Women in Sport and Physical Activity in Canada by the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport. As a mountaineer, she has scaled peaks such as Denali and Aconcagua in Argentina, the highest peaks in North and South America, and made an attempt on Everest.

Using technology, TA teaches from the mountain tops. Over 10,000 Newfoundland schoolchildren have been inspired by TA’s mountaineering and by the challenges she poses to them: “Find your personal Everest and start climbing.”

TA often divides her classes into groups, providing each group with a fresh egg, 25 straws, and ten feet of masking tape. “Build a cradle in such a way that when dropped from a great height, the egg will not break.” Once, while TA was scaling Memorial University’s tallest building, a security guard demanded, “Come down, immediately!” “I can’t!” she replied, “I still have three more eggs to drop!”

“The best professor I ever had! The most inspiring woman ever!”