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George Genereux

Dr. George Genereux, one of Saskatchewan's best trap-shooters, was still a teenager when he captured Canada's only gold medal at the 1952 Summer Olympic Games in Helsinki. (Canada also won one medal in hockey at the 1952 Winter Olympics).

Later in 1952 George, just nineteen, became the first Canadian ever to win a major trap shooting competition at the Grand American shoot in Vandalia, Ohio. In that competition he finished in a first place tie with a score of 199 out of a possible 200. In a special shoot-off, George scored 24 out of a possible 25 to win the event. Because of his Olympic triumph in 1952, George was selected Canada's male athlete of the year.

He was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1966 and in 1986 was selected for induction into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame.

Text courtesy of Ned Powers.

As a youth, George Genereux was practically a phenomenon in the shooting world. In fact, it was difficult to believe that any nineteen year old could be so uncannily accurate with a shot gun. The 6'3" native of Saskatoon won Canada's only gold medal at the 1962 Olympics at Helsinki, Finland. He became the first Canadian in history to win a major competition at the Grand American shoot in Ohio. He was among three shooters who broke 199 clay pigeons out of a possible 200. In the shoot-off he finished second with a score of 24 out of 25.

At time of installation citation read October 31, 1966.

Text courtesy of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame

George Genereux remains one of the most intriguing and inspirational stories in Saskatchewan sports. A virtual unknown, Genereux burst on to the trapshooting scene winning a gold medal at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki. Most remarkably, Genereux was still a high school student at Nutana when he won the gold, as he only 17 years old at the time.

What makes his story even more exceptional is that Genereux was diagnosed at the age of the age of 16 as having Rheumatoid Arthritis. Although Genereux heroically overcame this debilitating injury for the Olympics, it cut short his sporting career at the tender age of 20.

Leaving his sport, Genereux found success field of medicine graduating from McGill Medical School and establishing a career in medical research and radiology.

Genereux died in 1989 at the age of 54, but will always be remembered for his tremendous success in sport and life.

Text courtesy of Prairie Gold.

Date: 1953.

Photographer: Hillyard, Leonard A.

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