Sport: Track & Field
Year Inducted: 1982
In 1961, Bob Kinnear was awarded the Jacques Richard Memorial Trophy as the Junior Athlete in Cornwall.
Actually, this was in recognition of his achievements during the 1960 track and field season when he established himself not only as the Best Junior High School Athlete in Ontario but also one of the very best in Canada. There was not a meet in which he competed that he did not come away with the high aggregate individual point total and help his CCVS team win meet Championships. His specialties were the long jump, and hop-step and jump. He also excelled in other events – hurdles, 100 yards, 220 yards, and a leg on the 440 yard relay team.
The newspaper headlines read:
CCVS WINS JUNIOR EOSSA CHAMPIONSHIP – BOB KINNEAR SETS FOUR NEW RECORDS – BOB KINNEAR WINS TWO EVENTS AT ONTARIO TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS – BOB KINNEAR CAPTURES TWO CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS.
A few highlights from his record breaking performances include: EOSSA Jr. (Set 4 records); long jump 19’6″; hop, step-jump 41-7/8″; 120 yds hurdles 15.8 Secs.; 220 yds dash 24.4″; relay – lst leg of winning team. A performance without parallel in the history of EOSSA Track & Field leading CCVS to a 2nd successive Junior Championship.
Out of 421 top high school athletes competing in the All Ontario Track & Field Championships, Bob established himself as the Top Junior in the province with record-breaking 19’3″ in the long jump and 41’2″ in the triple jump. A 3rd in the hurdles gave him the 12 point high total.
At the Greater Montreal Dominion Inter-scholastics he won the Class Two Championship single-handed with 28 points, again setting records in his specialties – 20’7″ in the long jump and 41’21/2″ in the triple and also won the hurdles, and came 2nd in the 100 and 220.
At the Canadian Championships in St. Lambert, Bob captured the Dominion Championships in Midget Men’s long and triple jumps, again setting records in both, along with picking up a silver medal in the 120 yd. hurdles. During this track season he won 12 firsts, 3 seconds, a 3rd and established ten new records.
Competing as an Intermediate for CCVS at the EOSSA in Kingston he was a one-man show entering 4 events and taking all 4 with record smashing distances in his 2 specialties.
As a Senior in 1963, he led CCVS to the EOSSA Senior Championship, winning the huddles, 220 yd. dash, triple and broad jumps, adding 20 pts. to the team’s 33 pt. total and taking the individual senior title.
Bob was also a star centre with CCVS basketball teams. One example of his ability on the court was leading his team to EOSSA Championship in 1963, he was voted Most Valuable Player in the tournament and led in scoring with 49 pts. for a 12 pt. game average.