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Richmond Hill Sports Hall of Fame Inductee - George Leary

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Sport(s): Trap Shooting
Category: Athlete
Year of Induction: 2001

Spanning nearly three decades, George Leary has proven himself to be one of the best International Style Marksmen in Canada. Throughout his career, George was the only Canadian to secure not one, but four quota positions for Canada to participate in the Olympics. Without these positions, Canada would not have been able to send a representative in this sport to the Olympics Games. As a proud representative of Canada and the Richmond Hill community, George competed on Olympic teams in 1980, 1988, 1992, 1996 and most recently in 2000.

George’s success in shooting is indisputable and the number of championships he has won and titles he has earned is astounding. Following are just some of his accomplishments:

National and Provincial Achievements:
  • 15 time Canadian Champion
  • 18 time Ontario Provincial Champion
  • Three time Quebec Provincial Champion
  • Canadian Record Holder in three separate categories - 295/300 32 grams, 296/300 28 grams and 123/125 24 grams

    International Achievements:
  • World Cup de Suhl (East Germany) Gold Medal, 1986
  • World Cup of Australia (Sydney 2000) Silver Medal, 2000
  • Pan Am Games, 3 Silver and 2 Bronze Medals, 1979, '91, '95, '99
  • Commonwealth Games, 3 Silver Medals between 1978 and 1994
  • Olympic Games best finish, 8th, 1996

    George also competed in several North and South American, as well as European Championships, winning too many titles to mention. His skill and ability are unquestionable and his dedication to the sport has made it very clear that George Leary is one of Canada’s and the World’s top marksmen!

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