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This athlete's incredible running abilities earned him success both on land and on ice, from the local to the international level. Dominating local and regional track and field events, he set records in the Junior 200m and Senior 4x100m relay. Honing his skills with the Thunder Bay Olympic Club, he competed at national events, and was a four-time Port Arthur Collegiate Track Athlete of the Year from 1978-82, and tore up the football field as a lightening quick receiver for PACI junior and senior teams.

Not surprisingly his running talents earned him a scholarship to the University of Manitoba. Joining both the Winnipeg Raiders and U of M track clubs soon after his arrival, he became a force on the national scene. Earning 5th place honours in the 200m and 400m he also ran a big anchor leg for the Manitoba 4x400m Canadian record-setting relay team at the 1986 Canadian Grand Prix Indoor Track Meet. Turning to the 400m hurdles, he clocked the sixth fastest time in Canada on his first attempt at the sport, progressing to a 5th place finish at the 1987 Canadian Track & Field Championships. Claiming bronze at the 1987 Trans-American Track & Field Championships he highlighted his hurdling career by representing Canada in the 400m event at the 1989 Francophone Games in Morocco.

One of Canada's fastest runners, and known for his explosive, powerful starts, he was just what the Canadian National Bobsled Team was looking for when they revamped the sport calling for faster and stronger athletes. Joining the national team in 1987 he soon found himself "shooting the tube," in both the 2-man and 4-man events. Breaking in his cleats with a 9th place finish at the 1987 World Cup event in Altenberg, West Germany, he placed third in the 4-man event with teammates Dave Leuty, John Graham and Andy Swim at the 1988 Canadian National Championships, and served as an alternate for the 1988 Olympic Games held in Calgary. Securing the silver medal overall for the two-man event during the 1990-91 World Cup season with Greg Haydenluck, he rounded out his national team career by representing Canada at the 1992 Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France.

Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 30, 2000

Peter Robertson-Stovel

Thunder Bay
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