Full name: Simon Peter Gillis
Height: 6-0.5 (185 cm)
Weight: 240 lbs (109 kg)
Born: April 6, 1880 in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada
Died: January 14, 1964 in Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Affiliations: NYAC, New York (USA)
Country: United States
Simon Gillis grew up on Cape Breton Island but moved to New York as a teenager to join his brother. Representing CCNY and the NYAC, he was later runner-up in the 1906 AAU hammer throw. Gillis had one major tragedy in his athletic career when, during a practice in an empty lot on Park Avenue, one of his throws struck a local boy in the head after the boy had run onto the lot to retrieve a ball. The boy died later that day.
Gillis worked in New York as a police officer, but did that for only a few years, before he moved to Spain where he worked as a contractor and engineer. He then returned to New York where he worked for Thomas Edison creating screen titles in silent movies, and even appeared in a few as a policeman. In the 1910s he and his wife moved the family to Phoenix, where they ran a rooming house during the Depression, before Gillis returned to a career in engineering, specializing in building smokestacks for smelting metal.
Personal Best: DT – unknown; HT – 51.89 (170-3) (1908).
|1908 Summer||28||London||Athletics||Men's Discus Throw||United States||USA||AC|
|1908 Summer||28||London||Athletics||Men's Hammer Throw||United States||USA||7|
|1912 Summer||32||Stockholm||Athletics||Men's Hammer Throw||United States||USA||AC||NM|
|1908 Summer||28||London||Athletics||United States||Final Standings||AC|
|1908 Summer||28||London||Athletics||United States||Qualifying Round||AC|
|1908 Summer||28||London||Athletics||United States||Qualifying Round||Group D||AC|
|1908 Summer||28||London||Athletics||United States||Final Standings||7||45.59||149-6½|
|1908 Summer||28||London||Athletics||United States||Qualifying Round||7||45.59||149-6½|
|1908 Summer||28||London||Athletics||United States||Qualifying Round||Group C||3||45.59||149-6½|
|1912 Summer||32||Stockholm||Athletics||United States||Final Standings||AC||NM|
|1912 Summer||32||Stockholm||Athletics||United States||Qualifying Round||NP||NM|
|1912 Summer||32||Stockholm||Athletics||United States||Qualifying Round||Group B||AC||NM|
|1912 Summer||32||Stockholm||Athletics||United States||Qualifying Round||Group B Round One||NP||foul|