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January 3, 2009

Nominate someone you know who should be a BBPA Harry Jerome Award winner

It's that time of year again when we all take a moment to think about someone in the community who personifies excellence and is the perfect candidate for a BBPA Harry Jerome Award.
I'm a bit late on posting this but you still have time left to nominate someone. Click here to download nomination forms and click here to read nomination information.

The deadline: January 9, 2009 For nomination details or ticket information, visit our website at

Henry ("Harry") Winston Jerome (September 30, 1940December 7, 1982) was a Canadian track and field runner. He was the grandson of John Howard, a railway porter who represented Canada in the 1912 Summer Olympics. He competed in college for Bill Bowerman at the University of Oregon. He competed for Canada in the 1960, 1964, and 1968 Summer Olympics, winning 100 metre bronze in 1964. He also won the gold in the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games and the 1967 Pan American Games. During his career, Jerome set a total seven world records, including running the 100 metres in 10.2, 10.1 and finally 10.0 seconds successively, despite suffering an injury so severe at the Perth Commonwealth Games in 1962 that doctors initially believed he would never walk again.

In 1970 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2001 he was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame. The annual Harry Jerome Awards, the national awards dinner for Canada's black community organized by the Black Business and Professionals Association (BBPA), is named after him.
Harry Jerome died of a brain aneurysm in December 1982, at the age of only 42. source

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