Moving to Thunder Bay at a young age provided this athlete access to a world-class ski-jumping facility, and he took advantage of that opportunity. Developing his skills at Big Thunder, by his early teens he had earned a spot on the Ontario team and was soon its top performing member. Rising through the ranks, by the age of 14, he had received a 1986 National Achievement Award for his distinguished sports performance and was named to the national team.


Representing Canada on the world stage for 9 years, he competed in three Junior World (1988-90), two FIS Ski-Flying World (1990, 1994), and three Nordic World Ski Championships (1991, 1993, 1995) and participated in numerous World Cup, Continental Cup, and Grand Prix ski-jumping events, travelling to competitions in 15 different countries.


His top career World Cup placements included 29th on the large hill at Lake Placid in 1990 and 25th on the normal hill in 1991 at Big Thunder. His best showings in Grand Prix competition occurred in 1991 and included a 5th in Vuokatti, Finland and an 11th in Sapporo, Japan. In Continental Cup action in Calgary in March of 1994, in addition to winning the first round of the competition, his subsequent jump of 92.5 metres bettered the 90-m hill record of 91.5, which had been set at the 1988 Winter Olympics.


A four-time national champion, his first trip to the top of the podium took place in 1992 in the 120-m event, having out jumped former Canadian champions Horst Bulau and Steve Collins. In 1993, he was crowned both the 90-m and 120-m champion, reclaiming the 90-m title in 1994. A decision on the part of the Canadian Olympic Association not to send a ski-jumping team to Lillehammer, meant this Canadian champion was unable to participate in the 1994 Olympic Winter Games. Fighting through an injury from a training accident in the summer of 1994, he was back on the hill in time to welcome the world to Big Thunder, competing in the 1995 Nordic World Ski Championships.


In addition to his contributions as a competitor, this athlete has also given back to his sport as a builder. He served on the Board of Ski Jumping Canada, as a coach with both the Lake Superior Ski Division and Women's World Championship ski jumping teams. He has also given back to his community as a volunteer and coach of youth athletics.


Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 26, 2009


John Lockyer

Inducted: 
2009
Sport:
Ski Jumping
Community:
Thunder Bay
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