Harry Winston Jerome was born on September 30, 1940 in Saskatchewan. His family moved to the Vancouver area in 1951. Rising above the intense racism and discrimination at their school and in their neighbourhood, Harry and his sister Valerie excelled in a variety of sports. Harry’s exceptional speed made him one of the best sprinters to ever represent Canada. The Harry Jerome International Track Classic is held annually in his honour. “His talent, tenacity, and athletic excellence on and off the track inspired a generation of Canadians to ‘never give up’ in their own endeavours.”
Image: The 9-foot bronze statue of Harry Jerome in Stanley Park, Vancouver was unveiled in 1988.