Charles Harry Smyth

Category

Athlete

Sport

Speed Skating

Hometown

Moncton

Year Inducted

1973

Sport Ambassador

athlete

Charles "Harry" Smyth

HONOURED MEMBER

Biography

Each province of Canada has developed for itself a sport tradition, and New Brunswick is no exception. Part of this tradition is linked to our long winters of frozen rivers, lakes and ponds and to the inevitable flashing blades of the Gormans, the Drillions and Lambs, the Hawks of Moncton, and Harry Smyth. Charles Henry Smyth of Moncton, the youngest world champion inductee to date, won his first speed skating championship in 1922 at the age of twelve and his last some twenty-one years later. But it was as a sixteen year old that he had his finest hour, for in 1926 he was a City, Provincial, National, International and World Champion with victories from Saint John to Saranac and from Toronto to Detroit in the 440, 880, and one mile races. There were so many other great moments and victories - but surely one of these must have been his point-scoring role as a member of Canada's 1932 Olympic Games Team, and another, the time he received from movie actress Norma Talmadge a pair of engraved skates for winning the champion of the world in Saint John. Enrolled in the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame, June 2, 1973.

Quick Facts

  • Skated for 1932 Canadian Olympic team in the 5000 m 

  • Winner of the City Championship of Moncton in 1922 and 1943 

  • Won NB titles in 1922 (12 and under); 1926 (16 and under); 1930, 1933 (Seniors) 

  • Winner of the Maritime Speed Skating title in 1925, 1926 and 1943 

  • Won every race in which he competed in 1926, including the NB, Maritime and Canadian titles; also won the world championship 

  • Canadian champion in 1926, 1927 and 1928 

  • Won the NB and Quebec titles in 1930