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Harry Kermode

Full name: Harold Douglas "Harry" Kermode
Gender: Male
Height: 6-3.5 (193 cm)
Weight: 192 lbs (87 kg)
Born: July 18, 1922 in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
Died: August 19, 2009 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Affiliations: Vancouver Clover Leafs/Alberni AC
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Basketball

Biography

A private individual but an outstanding athlete, Harry Kermode was a member of the 1948 Canadian Olympic Basketball team that finished ninth at those Games. At a young age, his interests were found in soccer but, while working towards a Forestry Engineering degree from the University of British Columbia, he spent several years on the school’s basketball team, a tenure that was interrupted by his training in the Canadian Air Force during World War II. In the 1945-1946 season, the team went 28-6 in the regular season, a record that heralds the team as one of the best sport teams in the University’s history even 60 years later, and took the Pacific Northwest Collegiate Conference Championships, with a 9-1 record. Their subsequent exhibition tour, which included a victory over the Harlem Globetrotters, helped raise money to construct the UBC War Memorial Gym. It was his participation as a top scorer on the 1947-1948 team, however, that earned him (as well his team) a spot in the Olympic Games. On the court, he was characterized as a high-scorer and a crowd favorite. After the Olympic Games he began a life-long career in forestry, and also took up golf and tennis, the latter as both a player and a coach. As part of the 1945-46 UBC Thunderbirds, he was inducted into the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame in 1984 and as part of the 1947-48 team, he was inducted into the University of British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 26 London Basketball Men's Basketball Canada CAN 9

Men's Basketball

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result PTS
1948 Summer 26 London Basketball Canada CAN Final Round Match 9/10 1 1948-08-12 CAN 49, PER 43
1948 Summer 26 London Basketball Canada CAN Classification Round 9-12 Match #1 1 1948-08-12 CAN 45, BEL 40
1948 Summer 26 London Basketball Canada CAN Classification Round 9-16 Match #1 1 1948-08-12 CAN 81, IRI 25
1948 Summer 26 London Basketball Canada CAN Group A Match #3 1 1948-07-31 CAN 55, ITA 37 8
1948 Summer 26 London Basketball Canada CAN Group A Match #12 2 1948-08-04 BRA 57, CAN 35 4
1948 Summer 26 London Basketball Canada CAN Group A Match #15 1 1948-08-05 CAN 52, URU 50 14
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