Gerald Ouellette

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Not to be confused with Gerry Ouellette.
Gerald Ouellette
Personal information
Born (1934-08-14)14 August 1934
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Died 25 June 1975(1975-06-25) (aged 40)
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Sport
Sport Sports shooting

Gerald Raymond Ouellette (August 14, 1934 – June 25, 1975) was a Canadian sports shooter and Olympic champion. He was born in Windsor, Ontario and, at the age of 22, became the first Olympic gold medalists from the city. He won gold medal in the Small-bore Rifle, prone event at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne.[1][2]

In 1952 he received the Lieutenant-Governor's Medal.[3]

He joined the Canadian Forces in 1955, and served for over 20 years. His success at shooting began in his Army Cadet days where he won numerous Cadet shooting titles. In 1959, he was Canada's sporting rifle champion and also represented Canada for a second time at the 1968 Summer Olympics.

A 45-cent Canadian postage stamp portraying Ouellette was issued July 8, 1996, as part of the series Canadian Olympic Gold Medallists.[4][5] He has also been inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.[6]

Ouellete was killed when the aircraft he was flying crashed near Leamington, Ontario on June 25, 1975.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gerald Ouellette". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on September 27, 2015. Retrieved June 14, 2015. 
  2. ^ Profile: "Gerald Ouellette" databaseOlympics.com (Retrieved on January 15, 2008)
  3. ^ The Olympians Among Us page 24, 25 ISBN 1-895305-37-3
  4. ^ Canada FDC #1608-1612 Canadian Olympic Gold Medallists
  5. ^ "Canada: 45c Gerald Ouellette, smallbore rifle, prone, 1956" (Retrieved on January 15, 2008)
  6. ^ The Olympians Among Us page 24,25 ISBN 1-895305-37-3