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Doug Kyle

Track & Field Athlete - Inducted 1959

Doug Kyle represented Canada in the 1954 British Empire Games, the 1956 and 1960 Olympic Games, and the 1959 and 1963 Pan American Games. At the 1959 Pan Am Games, he won a silver in the 10,000m and a bronze in the 5000m races. Doug won 14 Canadian Open Championships in total: 5,000m in 1957 to 1960; 10,000m in 1954, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960; 10 miles in 1962; Marathon in 1963; and Cross Country in 1957, 1961, and 1964. He held Canadian Open records in 11 different distances from 3,000m to 25,000m and was a member of two relay teams which set Canadian records. Doug also set a USA 6 mile record when winning the US Open Championship.

After Induction

Honours won:

1954 – Outstanding Canadian University athlete

1956 – Outstanding Canadian amateur athlete (Crowe Award)

1956, 1957, 1959 – Canada's Outstanding Track Athlete

1960 – Calgary Athlete of the Year

1969 – Calgary Sportsman of the Year

2011 – University of British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame


Track & Field athlete Personal Highlights:

• Silver medal in Pan Am Games

• Broke Canadian 3 mile record set by Chris Chataway in winning the 1954 British Empire Games title in Vancouver

• Broke 15 mile record set in 1908 by Tom Longboat, Canada’s premier runner of that era, which had stood for over 50 years.


Other Information:

1967 - Head coach of Canada's Pan Am Games track team

1968 - Coach of Canada's 1968 Olympic track team 

- Canadian Amateur Sports Hall of Fame During his track career, Doug Kyle held all Canadian track records for races between two and 15 miles. He was the holder of four Canadian records in 1956.