A graduate of the University of Western Ontario, McBean competed at the 1992 Summer Olympics in the coxless pairs and eights events, winning gold medals in both. At the 1996 Summer Olympics she competed in the double and quadruple sculls, winning gold in the double and bronze in the quadruple. With her long-time rowing partner Kathleen Heddle, she was the first Canadians to win three Olympic Gold medals. In addition to her other exploits, McBean won a Silver medal in the prestigious single scull event at the 1993 World Rowing Championships.
|Competitor for Canada|
|1992 Barcelona||Coxless pairs|
|1996 Atlanta||Double sculls|
|1996 Atlanta||Quadruple sculls|
|Pan American Games|
|1999 Winnipeg||Single sculls|