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This successful builder took the skills he developed as an athlete and passed them along to others, serving as a source of knowledge and inspiration. A stand out athlete at Fort William Collegiate Institute, he earned Athlete of the Year honours and served as President of the Boys Athletic Society. Attending Lakehead University from 1970-74, he claimed a bronze medal in the 167 lb division at the 1972 CIAU wrestling championships, making it to the top of the national podium in 1974.

Named head coach of the Thunder Bay Y Marlin-Dolphin Swim Team, he led them to a bronze medal at the 1975 Y Canadian Championships. Joining the staff at Hammarskjold High School in 1976, he went on to provide sporting opportunities and leadership to young athletes in a 30 year coaching and teaching career.

A founding member of the Thunder Bay Cycling Club, his impact in the sport has been felt from the local to the world level as a competitor, coach and volunteer. His roles with the club have been varied, serving as coach, promoter and President. Involved with the Canadian and Ontario Cycling Associations, he served as Vice-President of the provincial body, and held a number of positions nationally.

Chairman of Cycling for the 1981 Jeux Canada Summer Games, his talents earned him a place within the National Cycling Team, serving with them at various times from 1983 to 1997. His duties included, Assistant Coach of Road and TTT disciplines, Team Manager for the Canadian squads at the 1983 World Student Games and 1984 Olympic Games. Coach of the National Development Team and National Women's teams, he nurtured many young Canadian cyclists, adding greatly to the success of the national program.

On the wrestling mats as a coach and volunteer, he worked to maintain Thunder Bay's level of excellence at the high school and university level and also provided opportunities for women to participate in the sport. His exceptional contributions to wrestling earned him the 2001/2002 OFSAA Leadership in School Sport Award.

Still active in the sports community there is little doubt that this exceptional athlete and builder will continue to compete and pass along his passion and knowledge of sports for many more years to come.

Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 30, 2006

Harry Curtis

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