Jerome, Harry Winston National Historic Person

N/A, British Columbia
Harry Jerome competing at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico. (© Bibliothèque et Archives Canada / Library and Archives Canada / C-3592194)
Harry Jerome at the 1968 Olympic Games
(© Bibliothèque et Archives Canada / Library and Archives Canada / C-3592194)
Address : N/A, British Columbia

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 2009-11-01
Life Date: 1940 to 1982

Other Name(s):
  • Jerome, Harry Winston  (Designation Name)
Research Report Number: 2009-020

Importance: Continuously met and raised the standard for short distance dashes during an unusually long sprint career in the 1960s


No plaque in place, recommended location:  Stanley Park Drive path, Vancouver, British Columbia

This exceptional athlete continually raised the standard for short-distance running during an unusually long competitive career. One of the fastest men in the world for the better part of the 1960s, Jerome held multiple world records in several sprint distances, including the 100 meters, which he ran in ten seconds flat. Later, his iconic status enabled him to make major contributions to the development and promotion of amateur sport and fitness in Canada. His determination, courage, and perseverance remain a point of pride for African Canadians and an inspiration for all Canadians.