Joanne McTaggart was indisputably one of Canada’s premier runners of the 1970’s. She was named to Canada’s national track team in 1972, while still in high school, and remained on the team until 1980. In 1975, Joanne competed at the Pan American Games in Mexico City, winning gold in the 4X400metre relay and bronze in the 4X100metre relay.
Joanne was also very successful on the indoor track circuit. In 1975, she broke the world record for the 300-metres in a time of 38.2 seconds at an indoor CWUAA meet in Edmonton, Alberta.
In 1976, Joanne represented Canada at the Montreal Olympic Games, competing individually in the 200-metres and as a member of the Canadian women’s 4X100metre relay team that placed a close fourth in the event final.