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George F. Gate

George F. Gate, SWIMMING coach (born 11 December 1924 in Carlisle, England; died 17 August 2014 in Montreal, QC). In 1942 this young local swimming champion joined the British Royal Navy where he spent his free time reading about swimming techniques. Five years later, George F.

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Michael Smith

Michael Smith, decathlete (b at Kenora, Ont 1967). Smith established himself as a future champion by winning the silver medal at the World Junior Track and Field Championships in 1986. He was bothered by tendinitis in 1988 and placed a disappointing 14th at the OLYMPIC GAMES in Seoul.

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Nelson Robert Stewart

Nelson Robert Stewart, Nels, "Old Poison," hockey player (b at Montreal 29 Dec 1902; d at Toronto 21 Aug 1957). He was the first player to score 300 goals and his record of 324 goals held until broken by Maurice RICHARD.

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Mark Messier Hangs up His Skates

HE SPOKE OF HOCKEY as a game that consumed him, but the truth is Mark MESSIER was the one doing the feasting. He ate up opponents and he fed off pressure and when his number ascends to the rafters of Madison Square Garden next January, the honour alone won't seem sufficient.

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Hilda Strike

Hilda Strike, (born at Montréal, 1 Sep 1910; died at Ottawa, 9 Mar 1989). Hilda Strike was an athlete in the 1932 SUMMER OLYMPICS in TRACK AND FIELD.

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Vicki Keith Munro

Vicki Keith Munro (née Keith), marathon swimmer (born 26 February 1961 in Winnipeg, MB). Vicki Keith Munro is the most successful marathon swimmer in the history of the sport, currently holding an unprecedented 14 world records. Her marathon swimming career began in Kingston, Ont in August 1985 with her first world-record crossing of Lake Ontario (19.3 km in 11½ hours, butterfly stroke). In 1988, Keith Munro became the first person to cross all five Great Lakes.

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Édouard Lalonde

Édouard Lalonde, "Newsy," hockey and lacrosse player (b at Cornwall, Ont 31 Oct 1887; d at Montréal 21 Nov 1970). He excelled at both sports and gained notoriety and fame for his intense competitiveness. He picked up his nickname during a stint as reporter and printer for the Cornwall Freeholder.

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George Hodgson

George Ritchie Hodgson, swimmer (b at Montréal 12 Oct 1893; d there 1 May 1983). George Hodgson was Canada's first Olympic swimming champion. He received little formal training as a swimmer but practised summers at his

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Jean Wilson

Jean Wilson, speed skater (b at Glasgow, Scot 19 July 1910; d at Toronto 3 Sept 1933). After winning international honours, she died of the muscular disease myasthenia gravis. Wilson started SPEED SKATING when she was 15.

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Serge Savard

Serge Aubrey "the Senator" Savard, hockey player (b at Montréal 22 Jan 1946). A stalwart defender, Savard began his career at 15 when he was noticed by a scout at a school hockey game, and within 2 seasons he was named captain of the Junior Canadiens.

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Ron Stewart

Ron Stewart, football player (b at Toronto 25 Sept 1934). The diminutive running back starred for the Ottawa Rough Riders for 13 seasons (1958-70). He recorded his best season in 1960, rushing for 1020 yards on 139 carries (including a CFL record 287 yards in one game) and scoring 15 touchdowns.

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Emma-Jayne Wilson

Emma-Jayne Wilson concluded her studies at Guelph in 2002 and worked at a breeding farm for a short time before moving to Woodbine to assume a position as an exercise rider. Two years later Wilson was certified as an apprentice jockey, riding her first race in August 2004.

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Johnny Bright

John “Johnny” Bright, football player (born 11 June 1930 in Fort Wayne, Indiana; died 14 December 1983 in Edmonton, AB). One of the most talented running backs in the history of the Canadian Football League (CFL), Bright seemed destined for a career in America’s National Football League (NFL). A top college player in the United States, he was attacked during a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) game in his senior year (1951); most people, including Bright, believed the attack was racially motivated. He was drafted by the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles in 1952 but accepted an offer from the Calgary Stampeders instead. Bright played 13 seasons (1952–64) in the CFL with the Stampeders and Edmonton Eskimos. In 1959, he became the first Black player to win the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player award. Bright holds the Eskimos franchise records for most rushing yards in a career (9,966) and most rushing yards in a season (1,722 in 1958).

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Julius Gustav Albert Schneider

Julius Gustav Albert Schneider, "Bert," boxer (b at Cleveland, Ohio 1 July 1897). Schneider's family moved to Montréal when he was 9 and he took up boxing in high school. He later joined the Montreal Amateur Athletic Assn and became its welterweight champion.

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Toe Blake

He inherited perhaps the most talented team in history, but he encouraged them to work as a team, and achieved unprecedented results. In his 13 seasons, Blake compiled the most successful coaching record in the history of the NHL.

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Max Bentley

Bentley was a masterly stickhandler and a quick, darting skater - one of the most skilled players of his era. He retired to operate the family wheat farm in 1954. He scored 245 goals and 544 points in 646 games, and 18 goals, 45 points in 52 playoff games.

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Nathalie Lambert

Nathalie Lambert, speed skater (b at Montréal, 1 Dec 1963). She was one of Canada's great short track speed-skating athletes, and a member of the national team since 1981. She initially participated in long and short track events, but in 1987, she definitively chose the latter as her specialty.

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Ada Mackenzie

Ada Mackenzie, golfer (b at Toronto 30 Oct 1891; d at Richmond Hill, Ont 25 Jan 1973). Mackenzie paved the way for women to take golf seriously by founding the first club restricted to women, the Ladies' Golf and Tennis Club, in Thornhill, Ont, in May 1925. Mackenzie's own play set high standards.

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Ian Millar

Ian Millar, CM, equestrian, entrepreneur (born 6 January 1947 in Halifax, NS). Ian Millar is the most successful competitor in the history of Canadian show jumping.

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