Two of our members have been inducted into the Canadian Masters Athletics Hall of Fame. We are very proud of their accomplishments.
Art Obokata 10,000m at the Ontario Master Championships in Oshawa 1976
Art Obokata began his masters’ career as a road runner, competing in the early years of the Springbank International Road Races. He competed in the first World Masters Athletics Championships held in Toronto in 1975, still in the distance events. Soon after that he turned to the sprints, hurdles and jumps and was very successful. He set countless Canadian age group records and two world records. He competed at five WMA Championships all over the world and brought home several medals. Art was a track and field official and a consummate volunteer. He was on the executives of the London Pacers and London Western Track and Field Club. Art was inducted posthumously in 2010.
Sherry Watts (left) presents June-Marie Provost with her Canadian Masters Athletics Hall of Fame plaque
June-Marie Provost took up racewalking at 57 and never looked back. To date she has set 29 Canadian Masters age group records in the walks from 1500m to 20K, indoors and out, on track and road. She has competed in World Masters Athletics Championships on five continents and has brought home 21 medals. June-Marie is a track and field official and a much-sought-after volunteer in London and her winter home in Florida. She was inducted into the Ontario and Canadian Masters Halls of Fame in 2011.