Jerome broke the Canadian record in the yard dash when he was only 18 years old and set or equalled world records in the yard indoor dash, the yard dash, the m sprint and the yard relay. Following his retirement from competition, he promoted amateur and youth sport through national and provincial programs. Jerome also advocated for better support of Canadian athletes and for greater representation of ethnic minorities on Canadian television and advertising. He was the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the Order of Canada.
To mark Canada's th birthday, noteworthy British Columbian's were named. February 22, - Canada Harry Winston Jerome, fastest man on earth. A remarkable athlete, his renown in athletics tends to overshadow the work he did in other areas of his life.
Besides his success in the athletic arena, he was a tireless promoter of sports among young people and is among the small number of Blacks across Canada to receive the Order of Canada.
Perhaps some of those his career has inspired will find it easier reaching the top because of Harry Jerome. Harry Jerome was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, in The son of a Pullman coach attendant on the Canadian National Railway, his family moved to Vancouver when he was Upon entering North Vancouver High, his teachers encouraged him to run and he joined the local track club, the Optimist Striders.
His success was immediate.
Harry was offered an athletic scholarship at the University of Oregon. It was an offer that Harry accepted as perhaps the only way of getting a higher education and continuing his athletic training at the same time - an opportunity not available at that time in Canada. Under the expert coaching of Bill Bowerman, Jerome was on his way.
At a meet in Saskatoon inat the age of 19, he ran the metres in 10 seconds flat. The time was later confirmed as a world record, which he shared with the German runner, Armin Harry, and which remained unbroken until the Olympics.
He pulled a muscle in the semi-final heat of the metres and did not qualify for the final. At the British Commonwealth Games in Perth, Australia, inthe story was repeated; Jerome had to drop out of the final in the metres when he ruptured a muscle in his left thigh.
Often moody and withdrawn before a race and sensitive to any discrimination, he seemed to the media sharp-tongued and arrogant.
When the injury at Perth sidelined him for nearly a year, many of his detractors expected he would never run again. But Jerome made an incredible comeback.
In the Olympics in Tokyo, he won the bronze medal in the metres. Even more amazing for a man of his age, was his performance in Edmonton in when he ran the yard dash in 9.
He was unmistakably in the world class again. This world record, which he shared with US sprinter Bob Hayes and others, stood until early Further vindication came in the British Empire and Commonwealth Games inwhen he won his first gold medal in a photo finish with Tom Robinson of the Bahamas.
He went on to win the metres at the Pan American Games the following year. His own experiences at international meets had convinced him of the need to provide better training and facilities to our youngsters if Canada was to compete successfully with other countries.
It was only natural, therefore, that after his retirement from competition inHarry Jerome should become an activist in promoting track and field to youngsters in high schools. Under the aegis of the Federal Fitness and Amateur Sports Directorate he set up cross-country sports clinics.“The 34th Annual Harry Jerome Awards will take on a spectacular twist this year as we celebrate the greatness that lies across our nation” said Pauline Christian.
“Our mantra ‘Generation of Greatness’ speaks volumes as we reflect on the contributions and impact that our world-class honourees have made on the building of the Canadian Mosaic. Henry "Harry" Winston Jerome, OC (September 30, – December 7, ) was a Canadian track and field runner.
He was the grandson of John Howard, a railway porter who represented Canada in the Summer Olympics. Home / National News / BBPA Announces Harry Jerome Award Recipients Mark Saunders, Chief of the Toronto Police Service (TPS), is the recipient of this year's BBPA Harry Jerome Award's Trailblazer award.
Canada’s Nate Brannen took home a nice cash prize on Thursday evening, winning the Harry Jerome Track Classic’s highlight event, the Miracle Mile. The event, held as the 60th anniversary of. Canadian sprint star Andre De Grasse, who made a successful return from an extended injury layoff over the weekend, has confirmed he will run at the 35th Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome International Track Classic June at Swangard Stadium.
A confident Lindsey Butterworth of North Vancouver, B.C., will race the metres at the Harry Jerome International Track Classic on Wednesday (iridis-photo-restoration.com, 10 p.m.
ET) in hopes of becoming just the sixth Canadian woman to run under two minutes.