NLAA
Hall of Fame

Duncan Sharpe

Category: Athlete
Inducted: Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Place of Birth: St. John's

Owner of amazing strength and deficating speed, Duncan Sharpe forged a track and field career that ranks with the very best ever in Newfoundland and Labrador. Possessing extreme determination and an amazing will to win, he dominated many of the provincial championship track meets which he entered and in a display of great athletic talent recorded a personal display of performances that attracted great admiration and notice.

At the national level, he had rewarding results from the 440-yard dash at the 1953 Canadian Inter-provincial championships in Toronto and the 1951 Highland Games in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. The best example of his great prowess came at the 1949 provincial junior championships on Bell Island. Sharpe was unbelieveable as he won the 100-yard dash, the 220-yard dash, 440-yard run, the javelin, high jump, relay and the shot put and added second place in the broad jump. Three of his firsts were records.

He continued to put exceptional performances together from 1951 to 1953, competing in senior events despite being between 17 and 21 years of age. His results were outstanding as he equaled or surpassed a variety of records for the relay and 100-yard dash, the 440-yard run and the 880-yard run. He coached St. Bon´s junior team in 1954.

Sharpe started his tremendous track and field career while attending St. Bon’s College, emerging as the Victor Ludorum winner in 1947, 1948 and 1949.

In addition to his great track and field accomplishments, he utilized his excellent speed and strength to enjoy much success in hockey and baseball with some soccer in his younger years.