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John Primrose

Shooting Athlete - Inducted 1974

John Primrose won a gold medal at the 1974 Commonwealth Games in New Zealand in the sport of Clay Pigeon Shooting. He was a member of the 1968 Canadian Olympic Team and of the 1972 Olympic Team. He was the Canadian Champion in International Trap Shooting four times. During the first "Shoot of the Americas" held in Mexico City in 1973, he won a bronze medal. John Primrose has competed in six World Championships.

After Induction

John competed at 12 Canadian Championships, 19 World Championships, 5 Commonwealth Games (1974 to 1990), 5 Pan American Games (1975 to 1995), and 6 Olympic Games from 1968 to 1992 (excluding the boycotted 1980 Games). He was the flag-bearer for the Canadian team at the 1982 Commonwealth Games. His accomplishments in the field of open international target shooting are unequalled by any other Canadian. Having won the Men's World Trap Championships twice, and ten Canadian Championships, among others, he has further contributed to his sport through memberships in shooting associations at the national and provincial level and as a member of the Canadian Olympic Association Athlete Advisory Council.


John served as president of the Alberta International Style Trap Association from 1972 to 1999, and was a director with the Shooting Federation of Canada from 1973 to 1975.


Awards and Honours

1975 - Canadian Amateur Sports Hall of Fame

1977 - Canada's Sports Hall of Fame

1982 - Shooting Federation of Canada - Golden Anniversary Award

1984 - Tribute to World Champions Award

1985/86 - Member of the Order of Canada

1993 - U of A Sports Wall of Fame Sporting accomplishments

1974 - Commonwealth Games - Gold

1975 - World Championships - Gold

1977 - Benito Juarez Title

1978 - Commonwealth Games - Gold

1983 - World Championships - Gold