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Griffiths, Joe


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Inducted: 1984

Ernest Wynne "Joe" Griffiths was born in Wales in 1885 and immigrated to Canadain 1904.

He joined the University of Saskatchewan as Physical Director in 1919. He served the University as a teacher, coach and administrator for more than three decades. During his time, he encouraged and inspired students and athletes to strive for excellence.

One of his initiatives was the introduction of the high school track & field championships in 1922.

Among the athletes he coched were Ethel Catherwood, who was gold medalist in high jump at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics, Phyllis Haslam, who broke the world record in breaststroke in 1934, Orvald Gratias, and 1952 Olympic decathlete Bob Adams.

His university swimming team was unbeaten for 11 years.

Joe was instrumental in the formation of the Western Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union in 1920. His expertise in athletics was recognized by being named to the Canadian team for the 1932, 1936 and 1948 Olympics.

He was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in 1967 and into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1987.

Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park was dedicated in his honour in 1936.

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