Cyril Power crafted an extremely impressive track and field career in addition to his hall of fame performances in hockey, basketball and baseball while he established himself as one of the best sportsman to compete within the Newfoundland and Labrador sports community. Especially in the pole vault, he emerged as one of the finest athletic athletes during the 1940’s.
His overall athletic ability was of such strength that he was able to conquer the extremely demanding aspects of achieving pole vault supremacy. His success in this very difficult event was of such high quality that he emerged as Newfoundland pole vault champion at track and field championships in 1940, 1942, 1945 and 1947. He was second at the 1944 championships and third in 1943 and 1946.
He was a constant winner at the continuing weekly track meets at the Feildian Grounds and placed first at the August, 1945 international meet at the U.S. Naval Station Argentia. In fact, his overall ability was shown when he emerged as the high point getter in the Argentia Meet that featured U.S. and Canadian military personnel in addition to St. John’s athletes.
Besides winning the pole vault with a meet record height, he won the 100 yard high hurdles and was second in the high jump and the 220 yard low hurdles. These performances demonstrated his diversity as did his consistent second place finishes in the long jump in Newfoundland track and field championships. His best long jump was 19 feet, 10.5 inches.
His athletics career started while he was in school as he was first in the 30 yard dash, the 100 yard dash and the high jump for St. Bon’s against entries from Prince of Wales Collegiate, Bishops College and the Church Lads Brigade.
He is a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall of Fame, the Newfoundland and Labrador Hockey Hall of Fame and the St. John’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
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