Canadian Sprint Legend Leads Hall of Fame Inductees

From Athletics Ontario:

TORONTO, ONTARIO – August 23rd, 2012 —- Canadian 200m record holder Atlee Mahorn leads an outstanding group of individuals who are to be inducted into the Athletics Ontario Hall of Fame on Saturday September 22nd. 

The induction ceremony will be one of the highlights of the Athletics Ontario Awards dinner held at the Toronto Don Valley Hotel & Suites.

“I was very pleased to hear the news about the induction,” said Atlee Mahorn. “It’s a nice honor. At my age I’m doing everything to prevent my eleven year old son from beating me so this is a great reminder of how things were. Youth, they say is wasted on the young.”

A graduate of Toronto’s Central Technical School and the University of California at Berkeley, Mahorn says he plans to fly to Toronto from his home in Miami, Florida to accept the honour in person. 

Mahorn set his record of 20.17 seconds at the 1991 IAAF World Championships in Tokyo. His performance earned him the bronze medal. Two years later he ran a leg on Canada’s bronze medal winning 4 x 100 relay team at the world championships in Stuttgart. He was also crowned Commonwealth 200m Champion in 1986. 

Joining the acclaimed sprinter in this year’s induction will be Mark Boswell (two time world championship medalist in the high jump), Don Domansky (former Canadian 400m record holder and two time Olympian), Dave Bailey (Canada’s first sub four minute miler), two-time Olympic pentathlete Jennie Wingerson, Ken Twigg (former Toronto Star Indoor Games Meet Director), Chris Pickard (former secretaryof Central Ontario TFA), the late George Gray (former world record holder in the Shot), Peter Manning (an international coach for forty years) and Ken & Elaine Lake (long serving international officials).

Tickets for the dinner are now on sale at $55 each. For further information or to reserve tickets or tables please contact Anthony Biggar at(416) 426-7215 or or visit our web site at:

About Athletics Ontario 

Athletics Ontario (formerly the Ontario Track & Field Association) is the not-for-profit sport governing body for athletics (track and field, road running, cross country and race walking) for the province of Ontario. The association is athlete-centred, volunteer-based and club-and-community driven.

For more information please contact:

Anthony Biggar
Manager, Communications & Public Relations
Athletics Ontario

3 Concorde Gate, Suite 211, Toronto, ON M3C 3N7


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