NLAA
Hall of Fame

Chester Lawrence

Category: Athlete
Inducted: October 1, 2005
Place of Birth: Channel-Port-aux-Basques, NL

Chester Lawrence was a comminating figure in track and field at both the 1932 and 1933 Provincial track and Field Championships in St John´s, performing like a one man team from Western Newfoundland. At the 1932 championships he won the five events that he entered. Winning the 220 yard dash, her set a new Newfoundland record, breaking the time established by the great Gerry Halley. Wearing the uniform of the Guards Athletic Association, he won six victories at the 1933 All Newfoundland Championships. He won the 100, 220 and 440. He won the high jump, long jump, and ran the anchor leg for the winning Guards relay team. He served in the armed forced in the second world war, and continued his tremendous track and field performance for which he became well known. This was accomplished against several athletes of international reputation. He also represented Newfoundland in the British Empire Games.