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Monday, February 7, 2011

Harry Winston Jerome 1940 - 1982

Today's blog is two fold one to celebrate the athlete and the other to celebrate the artist.

In Stanley Park in the heart of Vancouver stands a 9ft bronze statue by Jack Kenneth Harman one of the best known artists in British Columbia. His legacy stretches across Canada. Most of the bronze scuptures found in city centres across the country were made by him in his Gibsons foundry, and in many cases they were donated for the benefit of the arts community.

Harry Winston Jerome was born in Saskatchewan and moved to Vancouver with his family when he was 12 years old
While he never took home Olympic Gold, his 100-metre sprint record of 10 seconds held until the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, and Jerome stayed a ferocious international competitor for more than 10 years — in a sport that usually sees its participants retiring in half that time. He closed out his professional career with six world records to his name.

In 1971, he was awarded the Order of Canada for his work in encouraging youngsters to strive for excellence. Eleven years later, Canada and the world lost Harry Winston Jerome to a brain aneurysm.