Hugh Fraser
Year of Birth: 1952
Category: Athlete
Year of Induction: 2019

Hugh Fraser is one of Canada’s most decorated sprinters. In the days when automatic timing was not yet universal, and most competitions were hand-timed, Hugh Fraser made headlines with his time of 10.1 in the 100m – and his athletic resumé is one to be admired and respected.

In 1971, Hugh won the Bobby Kerr Memorial Award, which recognizes the most outstanding junior athlete in Ontario. From there, Fraser was a national team sprinter from 1971 to 1978, participating in major international meets. At the 1975 Pan Am Games in Mexico City (Mexico), Hugh won a bronze medal as a member of the 4x100m relay team; placed fifth in the 200m; and sixth in the 100m. At the 1976 Olympic Games in Montréal (Québec, Canada), Hugh competed in the 200m, making it to the quarter finals and was a member of the men’s 4x100m team that made history by earning a place in the final – and although they finished eighth, it was a landmark achievement that gave Canadian sprinting an enormous boost. Hugh is also a thirteen-time national champion, and still holds the national 300-yard record. To top it off, in 1975 Hugh was ranked at number fifteen in the world, no small achievement.

Upon retirement from the sport as an athlete, Fraser continued his involved in the Athletics community, as Director of the CTFA (now Athletics Canada) from 1981 to 1983; President of the Sports Federation of Canada from 1985 to 1990; President of the Commonwealth Games Association from 1992 to 1994; and as a member of the Board for the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport – among many other key roles intertwined in the track and field community. In addition, leveraging his law degree, Hugh served as a judge in the Ontario Courts as well as an arbitrator for the Court for Arbitration in Sport, conducting arbitrations and mediations around the world.

In December 2021, Hugh was appointed to the Order of Canada for his service to sport – and he has also been the recipient of the Canada 125 Medal and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

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