Sylvia Sweeney, C.M., is a Canadian Olympian Legend and experienced executive television producer. In 2017, Sylvia was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada “for her long-standing commitment to and creative leadership at the nexus of art and sport through her documentaries and world-stage productions. As an athlete, Sylvia Sweeney was on the Canadian basketball team at Montréal in 1976, finishing sixth. Eight years later, in Los Angeles 1984, she was a team member that finished just off the podium, losing to China 63–57 in the bronze medal game, finishing fourth.

Becoming known as “Canada’s First Lady of Basketball.” Sylvia Sweeney joined the national team in 1974 and spent a decade as a key member, including serving as captain from 1979 to 1984. She was voted the Most Valuable Player at the 1979 World Championships in Seoul, won a bronze medal at the 1979 Pan American Games, was the Canadian team flag bearer, and was a member of the bronze medal-winning team at the 1979 World Student Games in Mexico.

Sweeney was a local organizing committee member for the 1994 Men’s World Championships in Toronto, director of the Toronto Raptors in the National Basketball Association, and served as the assistant chef de mission for the Canadian team at Atlanta 1996.

Annually, Canadian Interuniversity Sport and TSN present the “Sylvia Sweeney Award” to a Canadian women’s university basketball player who best exemplifies the values of athletics, academics and community involvement.

Sportsnet produced a profile about Sweeney for its Black History Month series.

Sweeney was inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame in 1994, the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1996 and the Québec Merite Sportif Hall of Fame in 2000.