Sandra KirbySandra (Sandi) Kirby is a Canadian sociologist and former Olympic athlete. A member of the Canadian women's rowing team at the 1976 Summer Olympics, she competed in the women's quad sculls, with her team finishing ninth.
After competing at the Olympics, she lobbied for a number of years to have the International Olympic Committee drop its requirement that all female athletes automatically had to undergo chromosomal testing to ensure that they were actually female, a rule which was not dropped until the 2000 Summer Olympics.
Kirby completed a bachelor's degree in physical education at the University of British Columbia in 1971 and B.Ed. degree at the same institution in 1972. She later obtained a master's degree at McGill University in 1980, and a doctorate from the University of Alberta in 1986. She is a professor Emerita of sociology at the University of Winnipeg, specializing in study of women in sports. She came out as lesbian after joining the university. She is active in the development of safe sport for athletes as a founding board member of Safe Sport International, and as a speaker on sexual harassment and abuse in sport.
In 2018, Kirby was inducted into the Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. Provided by Wikipedia