|Olympic medal record|
|Competitor for Australasia|
|Bronze||1908 London||3500 metre walk|
Harry Kerr was born in Taranaki and was a champion shooter and keen rugby player, as well as competing in a variety of track and field events. Competing for a time as a professional he was required to stand down from competition for two years in order to regain his amateur status. After winning numerous national titles Kerr virtually retired in 1912 and served in World War I but returned to win two more national titles in 1925 at the age of 46.
On 13 July 2008 to commemorate the first Olympic Games medal by a New Zealander (actually on 14 July 1908) the Harry Kerr Centennial Walking Relay was held at Sovereign Stadium, Mairangi Bay, Auckland. Two events were held, a 5x10km relay and a 3500m individual event. A shield for the winning team was presented by Kerr's daughter-in-law. It is proposed that this will be an annual event.
- New Zealand Olympic Committee: Biography of Harry Kerr
- Athletics New Zealand: Harry Kerr Centennial Walking Relay
- Maddaford, Terry (12 July 2008). "Take a walk back in time to our first medal". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2 October 2011.
- North Shore Times: First Olympic medal celebrated
- Picture of Rose Sheat, Kerr's daughter-in-law, with Shield