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(born July 26, 1943) is a Canadian academic, author, and athlete.

Born in Ottawa, Ontario, he was a member of the University of Toronto track and field team. He won 18 national senior championships in Canada, the United States, and Britain. He won a gold (in the 6 Miles event) and bronze medal (in the 3 Miles event) at the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games and was a member of the Canadian 1964 Summer Olympics team (competing in the Men's 5000 metres, Men's 10000 metres and scheduled to start in the Men's marathon). He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy in 1965 from the University of Toronto and a Master of Arts in Adult Education in 1968 from the University of Chicago. He also received a Master of Arts in History in 1980 and a Ph.D. in History in 1990 from York University.

A documentary film about him, entitled Runner, was produced and directed by Don Owen and narrated by the great poet W. H. Auden

In 1970, he joined the University of Toronto as a lecturer. He was appointed an Assistant Professor in 1973 and an Associate Professor in 1979. In 1991, he was appointed a Professor. He was formerly Director of the School of Physical and Health Education and Acting Director of the Department of Athletics and Recreation. He is a Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education and the Warden of Hart House at the University of Toronto.

He is an honorary member of the Canadian Olympic Committee.

Awards and honours

Selected bibliography

  • The Death of Hockey (with John Mcfarlane, 1972)
  • The Political Economy of Sport (1979)
  • Tom Longboat (1980)
  • Hockey Showdown (1980)
  • Who's a Soccer Player (1980)
  • Athletes' Rights in Canada (with Mary Eberts, 1982)
  • The Struggle for Canadian Sport (1996), winner of the North American Society of Sport History book prize.

References

Awards
Preceded by
Anne Heggtveit
Lou Marsh Trophy winner
1961
Succeeded by
Don Jackson


Commonwealth Champions in Men's 10000 m
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US National Championship winners in Men's 10000m
1876-1878
New York Athletic Club
  • 1876-79: Not held
1879-1888
NAAAA
1888-1979
Amateur Athletic Union
1980-1992
The Athletics Congress
1993-onwards
USA Track & Field
Notes
  • Note 1: In 1888 both the NAAAA and the AAU held championships
  • OT: The 1920, 1928, 1932, 1992, 1996 & 2000 championships incorporated the Olympic Trials, otherwise held as a discrete event.
  • Distance: Until 1924 the event was 5 miles; from 1925-27 and from 1929-31 it was over 6 miles.
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