Harold Townsend

Harold Townsend – Inducted 1998

Few  athletes  in  Belleville’s  history  can  match  Harold  Townsend’s  record  of  achievements  combined  with  longevity. Inducted  into  the  Belleville  Sports  Hall  of  Fame  at  age  50  (the  earliest  he  could  be  inducted  under  the  organization’s rules)  he’s  still  excelling  at  one  of  the  sports  that  earned  him  induction,  water  skiing.  Townsend  first  came  to  the attention  of  city  sports  fans  while  in  high  school,  excelling  both  in  track  and  field  and  on  the  football  field.  As  a fullback  with  Quinte  Secondary  School’s  powerhouse  football  teams  between  1967  and  1969  he  led  the  Saints  to COSSA  gold.  Meanwhile,  as  a  member  of  the  school’s  track  and  field  team  he  was  a  member  of  the  Senior  4  X  100 metre  relay  team  that  won  a  Central  Ontario  title  and  finished  third  in  the  provincial  games.  He  also  participated  in the  shot  put  and  javelin.   Townsend  also  won  COSSA  wrestling  titles.   In 1979  Townsend  was  declared  Quinte Secondary’s  Athlete  of  the  Quarter  Century.  He  began  water  skiing  competitively  in  1971  and  dominates  the  sport to  this  day.  Townsend  was  Canadian  Senior  Water  Ski  champion  in  1985  and  1987.  He  was  virtually  unbeatable during  a 10  year  stretch  between 1983  and 1992,  winning  the  Ontario  Senior  Men’s  championship  each  year. Townsend  has  represented  Canada  at  numerous  competitions  and  over  the  four  years  between  1995  and  1998  won  the Men’s  IV  title.  He  also  competed  for  the  University  of  Guelph.  Also  a  fine  hockey  player,  he  played  four  seasons  of Junior  “B”  hockey  and  he’s  moved  on  to  coaching  representatives  teams  in  recent  years.  His  children  have  followed in  his  footsteps.  Sara, 18,  won  the  national  tricks  title  six  out  of  seven  years  and  Jim,  16,  recently  placed  sixth  at  the World  Junior  Water  Ski  Championships  in  Dijon,  France.  Jim’s  also  an  accomplished  hockey  player  and  excels  at track  for  Moira  Secondary  School.

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