Hall of Fame – Heather Stupp

Inducted in 2017

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Category: Builder

Heather (Stupp) Meyer, Athlete

Accomplishments

Heather Stupp started playing racquetball at the young age of twelve, at a time when junior programs and events were not common in Canada. As a young athlete she challenged herself at every level of competition, developing to become a world class athlete. Stop retired as a two time World Champion in women’s singles.

Stupp first started competing at the Canadian Championships in the late 1970’s and moved up the ranks quickly. She amassed an impressive record at the national level in both women’s open singles and open doubles events. From 1980 to 1992, Stupp won a total of  seven Canadian open singles titles and seven Open doubles championship titles. Between 1987 and 1992 Stupp won six consecutive open singles titles.

Stupp represented Canada at eight international tournaments between 1986 and 1992. In her first international appearance, which was at the 1986 World Championships, she finished just shy of the podium in fourth place. Stupp returned to the World Championships again, not only making it onto the podium, but winning back to back World Championship titles in 1988 and 1990 in women’s singles. By the end of her career, Stupp had won three individual World Championship medals (2 gold, 1 silver) and contributed to four silver medals won in the Women’s Team event as well a gold medal and three silver Overall Team medals. She also won two Pan Am Championship medals including a gold in women’s singles and silver in Women’s Doubles.

Stupp was also active on the women’s pro-tour. During her playing history, she was ranked as high as tenth overall on the Women’s Professional Racquetball Tour. (WPRT). A Canadian athlete did not surpass this record until 2000, after the WPRT had become the Ladies Pro Racquetball Tour (LPRT).

Stupp retired from racquetball in 1992, after which she married and moved to England. Although she has not played the sport since retiring, Stupp feels that racquetball has given her many life lessons.

“It taught me to trust myself and my skills and put aside self doubt. It also taught me to embrace winning but not to fear losing. It is only by competing, setting goals and working hard can you have a chance to achieve success, in whatever one chooses to do.”

Stupp was inducted into the International Racquetball Federation Hall of Fame in 2012.

Click here to read Heather Meyer’s acceptance remarks from the 2017 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

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Career Highlights

1992

  • World Championships: SILVER – Women’s Singles
  • World Championships: SILVER – Women’s Team Event
  • World Championships: SILVER – Overall Team
  • Pan Am Championships: SILVER – Women’s Singles
  • Canadian Championships: GOLD – Women’s Open Singles
  • Canadian Championships: GOLD  – Women’s Open Doubles

1991

  • Canadian Championships: GOLD – Women’s Open Singles
  • Canadian Championships: GOLD  – Women’s Open Doubles

1990

  • World Championships: GOLD  – Women’s Singles
  • World Championships: SILVER – Women’s Team Event
  • World Championships: SILVER – Overall Team
  • Canadian Championships: SILVER – Women’s Open Singles

1989

  • Canadian Championships: GOLD  – Women’s Open Singles

1988

  • World Championships: GOLD – Women’s Singles
  • World Championships: SILVER – Women’s Team Event
  • World Championships: SILVER – Overall Team
  • Canadian Championships: GOLD  – Women’s Open Singles
  • Canadian Championships: GOLD  – Women’s Open Doubles

1987

  • Pan Am Championships: GOLD  – Women’s Singles 
  • Canadian Championships: GOLD  – Women’s Open Singles 

1986

  • World Championships: SILVER – Women’s Team Event 
  • World Championships: GOLD  – Overall Team 
  • Canadian Championships: SILVER – Women’s Open Singles

1985

  • Canadian Championships: SILVER – Women’s Open Singles 
  • Canadian Championships: GOLD  – Women’s Open Doubles 

1984

  • Canadian Championships: SILVER – Women’s Open Singles
  • Canadian Championships: GOLD – Women’s Open Doubles

1983

  • Canadian Championships:SILVER – Women’s Open Singles 
  • Canadian Championships: SILVER – Women’s Open Doubles 

1982

  • Canadian Championships: GOLD  – Women’s Open Doubles

1981

  • Canadian Championships: GOLD – Women’s Open Singles 
  • Canadian Championships: GOLD  – Women’s Open Doubles 

1980

  • Canadian Championships: GOLD  – Women’s Open Doubles 
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