Frank Amyot

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Francis ("Frank") Amyot
Britannia Yacht Club stairwell with Frank Amyot photo and trophies.JPG
Britannia Yacht Club stairwell features photo of Frank Amyot and trophies
Personal information
Birth name Francis Amyot
Full name Francis Amyot
Nickname(s) "Frank"
Nationality Canadian
Born (1904-09-14)September 14, 1904
Thornhill, Ontario
Died November 21, 1962(1962-11-21) (aged 58)
Sport
Country Canada
Sport Canoe racing
Club Britannia Yacht Club
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals 1938

Francis ("Frank") Amyot (September 14, 1904 – November 21, 1962) was a Canadian sprint canoer who competed in the 1930s.[1]

Born in Thornhill, Ontario, he won Canada's only gold medal at the 1936 Summer Olympics in the C-1 1000m canoeing event.[2] This proved embarrassing to Canadian officials who had refused to pay his way. In 1936, Britannia Boating Club raised money for Frank Amyot's Olympic Fund campaign. [3] When he won the 1000 meter championship in the 1936 Olympic Games, Frank Amyot of BYC raced the Canadian canoe, which is different from the type of canoe he had raced in Canadian Canoe Association meets. Although he had seen blueprints, Amyot rowed the Canadian canoe for the first time during the final training stages in Germany.[4]

On June 18, 1933 Amyot saved Ottawa Rough Riders Dave Sprague and Eddie Bond from drowning, when their canoe overturned on Lake Deschenes .[5]

On July 18, 1942, Lieutenant Frank Amyot attended a meeting of 17 Britannia Boating Club members, in army and civilian war jobs during World War II, at Holborn Restaurant in London, England.[6]

Legacy[edit]

Amyot was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1949 and Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1955.

In 1964, the Britannia Yacht Club presented the Frank Amyot Memorial Trophy awarded to Junior Men C-15 Canoe Kayak Canada Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships, in loving memory of Frank Amyot, a life member of the club, Olympic Single Blade Singles C-1 Gold Medallist (1936), and distinguished member of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.[7]

In 2012, the Britannia Yacht Club stairwell featured a display with a photo of Frank Amyot and a collection of his trophies.

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