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William Galbraith

Full name: William John Breden Galbraith
Gender: Male
Born: January 24, 1885 in Montréal, Québec, Canada
Died: October 12, 1937 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Affiliations: Central YMCA, Toronto (CAN)
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Athletics

Biography

Montreal-born William Galbraith moved to Belleville, Ontario in 1901 and Toronto in 1904 and, while working as an accountant and salesman, had a brief career as an amateur athlete. By 1908 he was good enough to be sent to that year’s Summer Olympics as a representative of Canada, where he was eliminated in the opening rounds of the 1,500 metre and 5 mile events and finished sixth in the 3,200 metres steeplechase. By 1911 he was working in the architectural profession as a draftsman with Chadwick & Beckett and spent two years in Red Deer, Alberta before returning to Toronto in 1913. Despite having no formal training, his reputation as an able designer grew quickly and, in 1915, he began representing himself as an architect, later incorporating design consultancy into his business. In 1930 he published A Canadian Home Plan Book, a collection of over 30 articles he had written about residential architecture. He continued to write on the subject for several years, with his final piece published in 1937, the year of his death.

Personal Best: 1500 – unknown.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 23 London Athletics Men's 1,500 metres Canada CAN 3 h7 r1/2
1908 Summer 23 London Athletics Men's 5 mile Canada CAN 2 h6 r1/2
1908 Summer 23 London Athletics Men's 3,200 metres Steeplechase Canada CAN 6

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1908 Summer 23 London Athletics Canada Round One Heat Seven 3 4:20.2

Men's 5 mile

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1908 Summer 23 London Athletics Canada Round One Heat Six 2 QU 27:23.3

Men's 3,200 metres Steeplechase

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1908 Summer 23 London Athletics Canada Final 6
1908 Summer 23 London Athletics Canada Round One Heat Three 1 QU 11:12.4
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