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Distinguished Historical and Contemporary Athletes
Donovan Bailey
Fergie (Ferguson) Jenkins
Harry Jerome
Willie O'Ree

Distinguished Historical and Contemporary Athletes

There have been a series of great African Canadian athletic achievers, many of whose names are recognized and remembered in the hearts of Canadian sports fans. These men have contributed to athletics by becoming sports legends and heroes, making Canada proud and a recognized centre for athletes. Just to name a few examples, the fastest man in the world is an African Canadian, the first recognized Canadian in the Baseball Hall of Fame is an African Canadian. Read on to find out what these men gave to the history of athletics and sports in Canada.

 

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Donovan Bailey

Donovan Bailey, at the 1996 Olympic Games, succeeded in breaking the world record time with his new world record time of 9.84 seconds in the 100 meter dash. This earned him his first Olympic gold and the title, "world's fastest man".

When he was a young boy, around the age of 12, he moved from Manchester, Jamaica to Oakville, Ontario, where he resides today. His family upbringing provided foundation to his success because he remembers that every adult felt responsible for the children and supported their dreams to be anything they wanted to become. Bailey credits his parents as a major source of his inspiration and strength... they taught him to achieve his dreams.

Donovan Bailey's official web site: donovanbailey.com/

Source: Evadne Anderson, Readers Digest

 

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Fergie (Ferguson) Jenkins

It is 1998 and 31 years since the first Caribana celebration. Despite its success, Caribana has managed to be rather fruitless economically for its primary organizers, the Caribbean Cultural Committee. This has caused numerous debates about Caribana. For more information, see Cecil Foster's book, Caribana, the Greatest Celebration published by Random House of Canada Limited. This topic is also discussed in the local newspapers around the time of Caribana. The other area of uneasiness is the inclusion of non-Caribbean cultures in the parade. Over the years, there has been an influx of hip-hop / R&B floats, along with other floats sponsored by Latin, Scottish, and corporate organizations. Some feel this takes away from the Caribbean flavour of the parade. However, for 31 years Toronto has been crowded with visitors anxious to have some fun in the sun. Despite all the political / cultural / economical dilemmas that may arise, no one wants to see Caribana disappear!

 

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Harry Jerome

If you would like to know more about Caribana as a tourist, click here:
www.carnaval.com/cityguides/toronto/in_carn.htm

Hope to see you in Toronto every August to celebrate Caribbean-Canadian culture!

 

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Willie O'Ree

Learn about hockey pioneer and author Willie O'Ree by visiting our educational curriculum website at The African Canadian Literature Project

 

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