2012 Inductee – Kerr, Robert (Bobby) (Track Athlete)

  • Born in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh (present-day Northern Ireland) June 9, 1882   Emigrated to Canada when he was five, eventually settling in Hamilton
  • 1904 Summer Olympics in St. Louis eliminated in the heats of all three events he entered (60 metres, 100 metres and 200 metres)
  • Eventually set Canadian records in all sprint distances between 40 and 220 yards
  • He won Canadian titles in the 100 yards (1907) and 200 yards (1906 to 1908)
  • 1908 competed in the British Championships, winning both the 100 and 200 yards
  • 1908 Summer Olympics, held in London, he greatly improved on his Olympic performances of 1904, winning Bronze in the 100 metres (behind South Africa’s Reggie Walker and the United States’ James Rector) with a time of 11.0 seconds and GOLD in the 200 metres, held the next day with a time of 22.6 seconds. News of his victory set off celebrations in his home town Hamilton
  • After his sprinting career, Kerr remained active in sports. He coached the athletics and football teams of Hamilton, and was an official at the 1928 and 1932 Summer Olympics. In 1928, he witnessed Percy Williams succeeding him as Canadian winner of the 200 metres
  • He was involved in the Canadian Olympic Association, and helped organize the 1930 British Empire Games in Hamilton
  • Kerr died in Hamilton, May 12, 1963, aged 80. A park in his home town was named in his honour