Did you know that Central Tech has a tradition of sending athletes to the Olympic Games and the Commonwealth Games?
Sam Richardson (1919–1989)
- Sam was born in Toronto and represented Canada at the 1934 British Empire Games and at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. He was a Toronto-born athlete who competed against the well-known African-American athlete Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics. As an 11-year-old, Sam jumped a record 7’, 6”. At 15, he won the 1934 British Empire Games broad jump at 23’, 8 1/2”. In 1935, he jumped 24’, 11” in the broad jump and set the Canadian outdoor record in Winnipeg. That record was unbeaten until 1965.
Sam Richardson laid the foundation for athletic excellence at Central Tech
One can only imagine the magnitude of the pressures that Sam faced when representing Canada at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, not only as an 18-year-old but also as a young black athlete competing in a country that had no interest in promoting racial equality. Despite these stressful conditions, Sam raced as a member of the Canadian 4x100m relay team against American Jesse Owens. The Canadian team finished fifth. Sam also competed in the triple and long jumps.
- In the late ’70s and early ’80s, the track and field program at CTS began a seventeen-year era where the school dominated the TSSAA (Toronto Secondary School Athletic Association). CTS teacher and winning TSSAA/OFSAA (Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations) track coach Bruce Smith was selected to be one of the Canadian sprint/relay coaches at the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics. Joining Smith in Seoul were Central Tech sprinters Carl Folkes, Atlee Mahorn, Keturah “Katie” Anderson, and Mike Smith, a decathlete ranked fourth in the world. Clearly, a track and field legacy was beginning. From 1980 to 1990, the track and field teams captured an unprecedented ten consecutive TSSAA championships and six consecutive OFSAA championships.
Olympic boxer, middleweight division. Competed at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
Competed at the 1984, 1988, and 1992 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, Seoul, and Barcelona, in the 200m, 4x100m, and 4x400m events. He was inducted into Athletics Ontario Hall of Fame in 2012 and then into Athletics Canada Hall of Fame during the Pan Am Games in 2015.
Competed in the 4x400m relay event at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul.
Competed in the 200m and 4x400m relay event at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.
KETURAH “KATIE” ANDERSON
Competed in the 4x100m relay and 100m hurdle events at the 1988, 1992, 1996, and 2000 Olympic Games in Seoul, Barcelona, Atlanta and Sydney. She was inducted into Athletics Ontario Hall of Fame in 2015
Competed at the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games in Seoul and Barcelona, representing Canada in the decathlon; he was the Opening Ceremonies flag bearer for the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.
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