1931 – 2012

Category: Builder

Year of Induction: 2012


Chris Pickard was a coach with Gladstone AC in the late 50’s early 60’s. Helped form the Toronto Striders Track Club in the 60’s and was a coach and administrator with the club. In 1960 began publishing and editing the Gladstone Athletic Club Magazine, which evolved in the next year into the Ontario Track Monthly. OTM was a vital communication vehicle in the sport in Ontario until 1973, soon after which it was superseded by Ontario Athletics magazine. Chris remained as the editor throughout the 13 years of OTM’s existence. Hired as the first ever full-time staff person for the Ontario Track and Field Association and served as the Executive Director from 1974 to 1976. Helped to popularize twilight meet concept, organized invitationals and officiated at many of these competitions. Was instrumental in the amalgamation of Central Ontario, Southwestern Ontario and Northwestern Ontario branches of AAU of Canada into the Ontario Track & Field Association. Helped the association get through a difficult transitional period. Was a serious statistician, compiling and publishing numerous handbooks on Ontario and Canadian rankings and records.