SSHoF logoGeorge Short

Athlete (1989)

Track and Field, Football

George Short excelled in track and field and football. He was still in high school at Bedford Road in 1959 when he set a Canadian high school record for the 100-yard dash in 9.8 seconds. On the basis of this achievement, George was selected to represent Canada at the Pan-American Games in Chicago.

One of Short's biggest thrills occurred the following year in Saskatoon when he ran third to Harry Jerome in the 100 metres, a race in which Harry set the World record of 10 seconds flat. George qualified to go to the Rome Olympics and was a member of the 4 x 100 metre relay team that set a Canadian open record of 41.1 seconds. George's football career started at Bedford Road. The team won the provincial titled in 1958.

The following year he helped the Hilltops win the Canadian Junior championship. He then played at the University of Alberta, University of Calgary and the University of Windsor. He was drafted fourth by the Calgary Stampeders.

The 1959 Hilltop squad has been inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame.