Category: Track & Field

ROY HEWSON

Professional foot racing was a booming sport throughout the Georgian Bay 70 years ago but few people know that Collingwood once claimed a professional distance runner of national reputation. His name was Roy Hewson and for a decade between 1906…

MARCELLA PLATER KEITH

Marcella Keith was inducted into the Collingwood Sports Hall of Fame in July, l984 through her exploits in Track & Field and Alpine Skiing. Marcella was a recognized Track and Field Champion in 1946, 1947 & 1948 at meets in Kitchener-Waterloo, Owen…

ANCEL WILLIAMSON

Ancel was part of Collingwood’s greatest long distance running team back in the first ten years of this century. The other two members were the late Hec Lamont and Jack Rowe the dean of all Collingwood athletes. Williamson also excelled…

ALEX MACMURCHY

The careers of many great athletes have been directly or indirectly affected by wars. Such was the case of Alex MacMurchy, undoubtedly Collingwood’s most successful long distance runner who twice represented Canadain International meets and crowned his brilliant career by…

JOHN WALLACE COOK

There was also the duty of serving in the Canadian Armed Forces in 1944-45. “In those days, scholarships were not worth that much and you had to work as well as pay a lot for the schooling, and there wasn’t…

PAUL PURSIAINEN

Paul, nicknamed “Percy” was born in Rouyn, Quebec on March 29, 1930, living in Collingwood from 1945 to 1960. Alongside his wife, Isabel, they have three children Douglas, Constance and Patricia. Paul was a graduate of Collingwood Collegiate. Paul favoured…

BARRY BARKER

Barry Barker, as a multi-sport athlete, was inducted in the Collingwood Sports Hall of Fame, in 1996. Barry Barker is probably most renowned for his years as a Collingwood Collegiate track and field star in the middle distances.  His personal…