Hawley is a writer of narrative nonfiction and fiction. His books are
highly eclectic. He has written about 16th-century East Asian history,
19th-century Korean-American relations, Olympic sprinting and land
speed racing and a circus elephant named Topsy who was electrocuted in
1903. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.
PERCY WILLIAMS: 1928
CANADIAN OLYMPIC TRIALS NEWSREEL
a preview-quality British Pathe newsreel of the 1928 Canadian Olympic
trials, held in Hamilton in June of that year. It's 3 minutes and 21
seconds long, and silent. It begins with footage of the opening
ceremony, the march-past of officials and athletes and the taking of
the oath. There is a snippet of footage of Phil Edwards beginning at
2:02. The final of the 100 metres, Percy third from right, begins at
2:24. This is followed by footage of Percy speaking to reporters
moments after winning, then heaving a big sigh.
Click here to watch the newsreel.
© 2011 Samuel Hawley